Summer Cocktails to Beat the Heat

It’s hot out there! Beat the heat with my favorite, refreshing summer cocktails. I’ll keep this list updated with new and exciting summer drinks, so be sure to bookmark it!

Summer Cocktails to Beat the Heat

Summer has arrived! Let’s beat the heat with the BEST summer cocktails!

The Best Summer Cocktails

Summer is here! It’s time to enjoy refreshing drinks on the patio with friends. I absolutely love mixing up delicious summer cocktails for backyard dinner parties and celebrations.

Tips for Summer Drinks

  • Add some cute drink stirrers or drink flags for a little extra decoration.
  • Freeze lemonade or other fruit juices in ice trays instead of plain ice cubes for a colorful splash that won’t water down your drinks.
  • Make-Ahead! Whip up many of these drinks in advance so they can be perfectly chilled and ready for last-minute entertaining.
Summer Cocktails to Beat the Heat

Sweet Georgia Peach Smash

This is one of my favorite summer cocktails. It’s such a gorgeous color. Garnish with fresh peach slices, edible flower petals (I used “Sweet Williams”). I’m going to try this “frozen” and see if it’s just as amazing. Stay tuned!

Flavored Peach Mojito

Peach Mojitos

Summer Cocktails to Beat the Heat

Berry Beer Punch

When I first heard of making punch with beer, I was a little skeptical. Trust me, it’s so delicious! It’s a great summer cocktail for a pool party!

Fruit Mint Julep Punch

Mint Julep Punch

Frozen Mango Margarita

Frozen Mango Margaritas

tropical bay breeze drink cocktail
Party Cocktails

Bay Breeze

Sea Breeze Cocktail

Sea Breeze

Summer Cocktails to Beat the Heat

Frozen Grapefruit Rosé 

You can’t go wrong with Frosé and this one has lots of sweet and tart grapefruit flavor. Garnish with sliced grapefruits, and you’ll be beating the heat in the most delicious way possible. Sip sip, hooray!

Summer Cocktails to Beat the Heat

Coconut Grapefruit Margaritas

Give the usual margarita a flavorful twist! Coconut always reminds me of tropical destinations so I love to sip on this coconut grapefruit margarita all summer long!

Summer Cocktails to Beat the Heat

Pink Flamingo Punch

The perfect party punch, pink flamingo punch is so easy to make (semi-homemade) and delicious! Look at that perfect pink color?

Summer Cocktails to Beat the Heat

Tropical Champagne Punch

I love a good champagne punch and one with a tropical twist makes it even more perfect for a summer gathering!

Summer Cocktails to Beat the Heat

Halekulani Mai Tai

My husband has been making me this mai tai since we visited Hawaii two years ago. It’s absolutely fantastic! Trust me!

Summer Cocktails to Beat the Heat

Lavender Mint Juleps

You can enjoy mint juleps even when the Derby is long gone for the season. They’re oh so refreshing and perfect for the summer heat!

Summer Cocktails to Beat the Heat

Tiki Sunrise Cocktail

Pretend you’re at a tiki hut with this sunrise cocktail. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and a fun straw!

Summer Cocktails to Beat the Heat

Watermelon Sangria

I wanted a refreshing and light sangria to enjoy during the summer heat. I love to add watermelon balls to the recipe! Freeze them beforehand and they’ll keep your sangria extra cold and delish!

Grapefruit Mojito Cocktail

Grapefruit Mojito

Pineapple Ginger Mojito Cocktail Recipe

Pineapple-Ginger Mojito

Summer Cocktails to Beat the Heat

Watermelon Coolers

Watermelon is a summer staple but it’s even more delicious when blended into a frozen watermelon cooler!

Summer Cocktails to Beat the Heat

Citrus Champagne Punch

My favorite champagne punch, this pretty drink is party-perfect. Hosting a bridal shower, summer backyard party, baby shower? This one will wow your guests!

Summer Cocktails to Beat the Heat

Pineapple Cooler

A pineapple version of my favorite “watermelon cooler”, this drink has the perfect creamy texture and pineapple flavor! YUM!

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I hope you’re inspired to try some of my favorite summer cocktails!

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15 Comments

  1. These special libations look delicious. Must say that the Peach Summer Sangria and Frozen Cranberry Margaritas are favorites. Thanks for sharing!

  2. These drinks look simply delicious! They would make our Breeze Collection crystal glassware even more refreshing at an Independence Day barbecue =)

  3. A College Girl says:

    We call the pink lemonade one “pink panty-droppers” at school. It’s really good… also really dangerous.

    1. Wayyyyy back in the day when I was in college (mid-1970’s) we called the pink lemonade drink…’Run, Skip and Go Naked’. We put all ingredients in a large blender and served…! Yummy and dangerous. :)

  4. Diane Ostman says:

    Where can one find 1 (10-oz.) can frozen mojito mix.
    I checked every store I could last year, no one had them.

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