20 Easy Summer Cocktail Recipes

What’s fun in the sun without a refreshing cocktail in your hand? We’ve rounded up 20 summer cocktail recipes that are perfect for sipping on the porch, patio or balcony.

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Watermelon sangria is one of the best summer cocktail recipes
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Watermelon Champagne Sangria

Take your backyard bash to the next level with this colourful watermelon and champagne sangria. The vibrant citrus and wine flavours create a summer cocktail in a class of its own.

Make your own Watermelon Champagne Sangria!

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Georgian Bay Sole Aperitivo
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Sole Aperitivo

Is it aperitivo time? With a unique blend of corn and two-row malted barley, this cocktail is remarkably smooth, and even has subtle notes of vanilla and citrus!

Get the recipe for Georgian Bay Sole Aperitivo.

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Georgian Bay Cottage Smash
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Cottage Smash

In the mood for a dry style gin with hints of juniper and citrus? If there was a drink that could evoke waves lapping on granite shores, this refreshing cocktail might be it.

Get the recipe for Georgian Bay Cottage Smash.

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Gin cocktail with lemon and juniper
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Gin Cocktail

Tired of gin and tonic? Try this breezy summer cocktail that blends gin with orange and lemon juice.

Click here for the gin cocktail recipe.

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Absolut Lime Soda
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Absolut Lime Soda

With its fresh and balanced taste of natural Lime flavour, Absolut Lime is the best way to make a classic drink with a refreshing twist.

Get the recipe for Absolut Lime Soda!

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Absolut Lime Mule
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Absolut Lime Mule

Create the perfect summer cocktail with this easy step-by-step guide, and your night will absolutely (pun intended) rock!

Make your own Absolut Lime Mule.

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Pomegranate cocktail
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Pomegranate Grenade

Here’s an exotic cocktail perfect for all occasions. It’s worth tracking down fresh pomegranates to make these delicious summer drinks.

Get the recipe for the Pomegranate Grenade.

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Baileys Original Irish Cream cocktail
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Baileys Shiver

One of the easiest summer cocktail recipes, this simple drink includes everyone’s favourite whiskey and cream liqueur.

Click here to get the recipe for the Baileys Shiver.

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Smirnoff California Lemonade in hurricane glass
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Smirnoff California Lemonade

Summer and lemonade go hand-in-hand. Kick this summer classic up a notch with not only vodka, but also a few splashes of gin, cognac and fresh fruit juices.

Get the recipe to make Smirnoff California Lemonade.

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Smirnoff Hibiscus Fresca
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Smirnoff Hibiscus Fresca

If you’re all about home and patio entertaining this summer, this cocktail is the perfect opportunity to hone your drink-making skills.

What are you waiting for? Try making a Smirnoff Hibiscus Fresca yourself!

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The Cosmopolitan is as perfect and sophisticated as summer drinks get. Serve these pretty pink cocktails in martini glasses if you have them handy.

Get the classic Cosmopolitan recipe here.

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Red cocktail
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Spicy Summer Nightcaps

Who says you can’t indulge before going to bed? If you’re going to have one last cocktail before calling it a night, make sure it’s this one.

Click here to get the recipe for Spicy Summer Nightcaps.

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Bloody Mary cocktail
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Hot-Blooded Marys

The classic Bloody Mary cocktail has classic variations. But a version that’s served warm? Well, there’s a first for everything!

Add a little variety to your list of favourite cocktails with this recipe for Hot-Blooded Marys.

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Champagne cocktails
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Champagne Cocktail

Add some Angostura bitters and sugar to your favourite champers for an elegant and simple summer cocktail.

Click here to get the recipe for the Champagne Cocktail.

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Orange and Banana Navel
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Fuzzy Banana Navel

Fuzzy Navels usually combine Peach Schnapps with orange juice. With this recipe, vodka and bananas are used instead of peach, along with some orange sherbet.

Add some sweetness to your summer with this recipe.

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Watermelon cocktails on a beach
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Watermelon Mocktail

A cocktail doesn’t always need alcohol! With mocktails this delicious, your guests won’t even miss the booze.

For our Watermelon Mocktail recipe, click here.

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Fruit cocktail on dock of lake
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Breakfast Fruit “Cocktail”

What do you get when you combine oranges, pink grapefruits, papayas, bananas and strawberries? This delicious fruit blend that ensures you start your summer days off right.

Try out a breakfast fruit cocktail this weekend.

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Watermelon cocktail
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Watermelon-Mango Rum Punch

Bursting with fruity flavour, this refreshing punch combines watermelon, mango and cranberry with rum and cherry brandy to create a deliciously smooth summer sipper.

Click here for the Watermelon-Mango Rum Punch recipe.

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Ginger cocktail
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Watermelon, Ginger and Celery Shooters

Treat any hangover with this naturally-hydrating and refreshing shot. The cleansing effect of watermelon and ginger will help get you and your guests back on your feet in no time!

Get the recipe for the Watermelon, Ginger and Celery Shooters.

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Apple cider with cinnamon sticks
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Apple Cider

Spice up your summer by serving this traditional tipple ever-so-slightly out of season.

Click here to try your own Apple Cider.

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