It’s fair to say that most people associate summer with fresh, cool cocktails, right?
I mean… what’s better than a cocktail on a patio?
Well, picture this:
You’re at home, fixing up your backyard for your first summer party. There’s a cool breeze in the air and the sun is booming down on your freshly cut grass. The table is set and the flowers are blooming.
A home bar!
Everyone loves homemade drinks. It really spruces up a party and gives the atmosphere a bit of class and unique flare. However, once you have some of these cocktail recipes practiced and almost perfected, making the cocktails yourself can be a lot of fun as well.
Not only that, but it can be a lot cheaper than by heading to a restaurant or patio or purchasing pre-made cocktails at the store.
Which is why we’ve put together the best and easiest 13 summer cocktail recipes for you to start experimenting with. In this list you’ll find everything, from classics to new and unique cocktail recipes.
No matter what your party list is like, there’s a beverage on this list for everyone!
Best 13 At-Home Cocktail Recipes
If you’ve never been a bartender before, don’t worry. You don’t need expert experience for these cocktails.
All you need are the right ingredients and proper direction. We got you covered for the last bit.
Not only are these cocktail recipes easy, but they’re delicious and super refreshing on a hot summer’s day.
This classic cocktail is common for being the basis for creative variants due to its perfect equal parts of bitter, sweet, and boozy. It’s classy, delicious, and easy to make for your friends and family.
- 1 oz. gin
- 1 oz. Campari
- 1 oz. sweet vermouth
Add ingredients, stir with ice for about 30 seconds. Strain into short glasses and garnish with a fresh orange peel.
2. Grapefruit Ranch Water
This summer cocktail has a wonderful tangy flavor with a spicy and sweet taste due to its jalapeno infused tequila.
Perfect for summer nights!
- 1/3 c. fresh pink grapefruit juice
- 1 1/2 oz. Spiced Tequila
- 3 tbsp. simple syrup
- Sparkling Water
- Pink grapefruit wedges, jalapeno slices and cilantro for garnish
Rim a 12 oz. glass with salt. Fill the glass with ice and top it up with the grapefruit juice, tequila, and simple syrup. Stir and add garnishes for a little extra something.
Another classic, the Manhattan has been around for years and its exact origin is still under debate – although it’s safe to say it was first poured somewhere in Manhattan around the 1870s.
While this drink has experienced a few changes in its recipe over the years, it never veers far from the classic due to its absolute perfection.
- 2 oz. whiskey or rye whiskey
- 2 drops of Angostura bitters
- 1 oz. sweet vermouth
Stir all the ingredients with a handful of cracked (not crushed) ice and strain into a chilled glass. For garnish, you can use a brandied cherry or an orange twist.
4. Mint Julep
This is a Southern drink and is perfect for summer due to its refreshing capabilities. While it looks like a fancy drink, don’t be fooled. It’s super easy to throw together just in time for a backyard bash with buds.
- 2 oz. bourbon
- 1/2 oz. simple syrup
- mint leaves
- crushed Ice
First, crush up the mint leaves to extract their oils, and rub them inside of your glass. Add the bourbon, simple syrup and crushed ice. Stir and garnish with more ice or mint.
5. Dark n’ Stormy
While this is a classic winter drink, the island life feel you get from drinking one of these makes it perfect year-round.
Apparently, this drink was made by Royal Navy Officers who lived on Bermuda who loved mixing rum with ginger beer as it helped with seasickness (and was delicious.)
- 2 parts ginger beer
- 1 part dark rum
Fill your glass with ice, then add the rum and top it off with ginger beer. Use a lime wedge for garnish.
6. Ginger-Peach Soda
Similar to the Dark n’ Stormy, this ginger and rum drink has a bit of a summery twist with its splash of peach. Perfect for summer nights, watching the sunset.
- 2 very ripe peaches
- 1 c. sugar
- 2-liter carbonated water
- 2 tbsp. minced fresh ginger
- 16 fresh mint leaves
- 8 shots of rum
In a saucepan, bring 1 cup of water, ginger, and sugar to a simmer, dissolving the sugar until it becomes a syrup.
Pour syrup into a medium bowl through a sieve. Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled.
Put peach slices in tall glasses and release the peaches juice with a spoon.
Pour two tablespoons of syrup over the peaches, add carbonated water and rum, stir and garnish with mint leaves.
This popular cocktail uses uniquely French ingredients such as Cointreau and Cognac. It looks fancy, tastes great and is easy to make!
- 3/4 oz. Cointreau
- 2 oz. Cognac
- 3/4 oz. fresh-squeezed lemon juice
Rim a short glass with sugar and add all of the ingredients into a shaker with ice until the concoction is entirely chilled.
Strain the mixture into the rimmed glasses and finish with a fresh orange peel on top.
8. Sweet Tea Sangria
This is the drink for the days when you can’t decide between a sangria and sweet tea on a summer day.
Loaded with fruits and chilled to perfection, this is a perfect drink to have by your side while reading your book or sunbathing in the backyard.
- 1 bottle white wine
- 6 c. sweet tea
- sliced peaches
- 1 pt. Berries
- + other fruit of your choice
- Fresh mint
Put the sweet tea and full bottle of white wine in a pitcher then add the fruit and let it chill for a few hours. An overnight chill will make this cocktail even tastier! Garnish with mint.
Another classic, Gimlet has made it to our list due to its extremely easy recipe directions. Apparently, this drink was given to sailors in the Royal Navy to help them battle scurvy (gin and lime).
However, you don’t need scurvy to appreciate this drink today. It’s refreshing and super delicious.
- ⅔ oz lime juice
- 2 oz gin (or vodka)
Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker with cracked ice and strain into a chilled glass of your liking.
10. Champagne Cocktail
This sparkling wine cocktail is the classiest of them all, so get your flute glasses ready.
It’s another classic that dates back to 1862, known as “Chorus Girl’s Milk.”
While we just call it Champagne Cocktail now, there’s no doubt it’s still wildly popular among cocktail lovers.
- ⅓ oz. Cognac
- 3 oz. Champagne
- 2 drops Angostura bitters
- 1 sugar cube
Add a sugar cube and two dashes or drops of Angostura bitter into a flute glass.
Next, add cognac and slowly pour the cold champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist.
11. Pina Colada
Pina Coladas are the epitome of vacation – it’s like having a tropical paradise in your mouth, something that needs to be experienced to be understood. Here’s your chance.
- 50ml white rum
- 25ml coconut cream
- 25ml single cream
- 200ml pineapple juice
Mix the ingredients in a shaker or blend them up in a blender for extra frothiness.
Mojitos are super popular right now and for good reason. They’re perfectly sweet, tangy and boozy with a load of mint that can help headaches or stomach aches!
- 1 lime
- tablespoon of sugar
- 50ml golden rum
- 5 fresh mint leaves
- soda water
Put the lime and mint leaves into a glass, add sugar and mash them together roughly with a suitable utensil. Add rum and soda water and then stir. Garnish with mint, lime and raspberries!
13. Singapore Sling
While our cocktail recipe list has mostly consisted of refreshing summer drinks, this one is for all of you who have a sweet tooth.
While it does require a lot of ingredients, the procedure is quite simple and the result is worth it
- 25ml cherry brandy
- 25ml gin
- 10ml benedictine
- 50ml pineapple juice
- 10ml grenadine
- 10ml cointreau
- soda water
Add everything except for the soda water to a shaker and pour the concoction over ice in a chilled glass. Top it off with your soda water.
Your Best 13 At-Home Cocktail Recipes Overview
All you need beforehand is your party list to see who’s coming, and guess what sort of drinks they may like, the basic ingredients for each cocktail recipe, a shaker, some fancy glasses, garnishing, and a lot of ice.
Why a lot?
Because your entire party will keep coming back to you for refills. Guaranteed!
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