7 Cool Classic Summer Cocktails

– By Michelle Ess –

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When the sun is shining there’s nothing like sitting on a patio or on your back porch sipping on something ice cold and refreshing – with a bit of a kick. Whether you’re entertaining guests or trying to catch the last rays of sunshine after a long day, these cocktails will help you relax and fight off the summer heat. I’m personally not a huge fan of the blended iced cocktails, so I’ve offered up some more traditional versions. But go ahead and take these recipes to the next level if you’re a more modern day drinker.

SangriaRed Wine Sangria

There are many variations of sangria, but we’re going back to the basics with this red wine recipe. This fruit-filled cocktail is great for serving a backyard full of guests at a barbecue! The key is to let the flavors meld together the night before.

750 ml Red Wine

½ Orange, Sliced into Wheels

½ Lime, Sliced into Wheels

½ Lemon, Sliced into Wheels

½ cup Blueberries

2 oz. Spiced Rum or Brandy

2-4 oz. Cranberry Juice

Club Soda or Ginger Ale

Pomegranate Seeds

In a punch bowl or large pitcher, mix together wine, fruits, rum or brandy and juice. Let sit and chill for 24 hours. Fill wine glass with ice, pour in sangria mixture and top with Club Soda, or Ginger Ale for a sweeter taste. Stir. Sprinkle pomegranate seeds on top to garnish.


White Wine SpritzerSpritzer2

You can’t beat something so simple and cooling. If you’re catching some rays next to a pool, try this easy thirst-quenching recipe.

9 oz. White Wine

2-3 oz. Club Soda

Lime Wheel

Pour white wine into wine glass filled with ice, top with soda and garnish with lime wedge.






Peach Bellini

belliniThis Italian classic has been traditionally enjoyed with peach purée. But if you want to shake things up you can mix these ingredients with crushed ice, and add some fruit juice and grenadine too.

6 oz. Prosecco

½ oz. Peach Purée

Fresh or frozen peach slice

Fill a Champaign flute glass with peach purée, add Prosecco and garnish with peach slice.



margaritaWhether you’re under the Mexican sun or chilling in your backyard, a margarita is a fun drink you can share with friends. Try this traditional recipe or mix it up with crushed ice.

1½ oz. Silver Tequila

1 oz. Cointreau

¾ oz. Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice

Dash Simple Syrup

Lime Wheel

Add ingredients to a shaker tin or mixing glass. Fill with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a rocks or martini glass and garnish with lime wheel.



I bet you were expecting Daiquiri mix right? Think again! This is the original recipe, however if you prefer the slushy version go ahead and blend these ingredients with ice. You can also try adding in grapefruit juice for a slight variation on the Hemingway Daiquiri.

2 oz. White Rum

1 oz. Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice

½ oz. Simple Syrup

Lime Wheel

Add ingredients to a shaker tin or mixing glass. Fill with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with lime wheel.



mojitoSweet, refreshing and perfect for any Tropical weather, the mojito can be enjoyed with this classic recipe or with a bit of a mad twist. By clapping the mint leaves between your hands you release the essential oils that gives this drink its minty flavor.

1½ oz. White Rum

¾ Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice

2 oz. Club Soda

1 ½ oz. Simple Syrup

5 Mint Leaves

Clap each mint leaf between your hands. In a shaker tin or mixing glass, add mint leaves, lime juice, rum and simple syrup. Muddle and mix together. Fill up with ice and shake vigorously. Pour into highball glass and top with soda.


pina coladaPiña Colada

If you like piña coladas … then you’ll fully appreciate this original recipe. However, if you want to have a bit more fun try blending these ingredients with ice before hitting the Hurricane glass.

2 oz. White Rum

2 oz. Coconut Milk

2 oz. Pineapple Juice

Pineapple Slice, Quartered

Add ingredients to a shaker tin or mixing glass and fill with ice. Shake vigorously. Fill a Hurricane or tall glass with ice. Strain colada mixture into glass. Garnish with pineapple slice.

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