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25 Easy Summer Cocktails

Summertime is the best time to make and drink refreshing summer cocktails at home. Check out our recipes for 25 easy summer cocktails and craft one today.

Caipirinha Cocktail Recipe - Social IMG

Summertime is the best time for sipping cocktails.

And to this… we say CHEERS.

White Port and Tonic Cocktail and Tram
And this is the view on the street outside our apartment building.

Living in Portugal inspired us to craft our first Porto Tonico, the popular Portuguese cocktail made with white port and tonic water. But that wasn’t our last cocktail during the summer or otherwise.

We quickly realized that we love creating easy cocktail recipes that don’t involve a lot of steps or require a lot of time. And we love drinking them even more.

The Best Summer Cocktails

Mojito Mise en Place
Summer cocktails should be easy to make and taste like… summer. Pictured here are the ingredients we used to make Mojitos in our home kitchen.

The best summer cocktails will make your summer extra hot while cooling you down from the inside out. Beyond liquor, ingredients include wholesome items like freshly squeezed lime juice and simple syrup.

It’s a given that summer drinks should taste great whether they’re crafted with Campari, gin, rum, tequila or vodka. They should also be easy to make at home with a minimal amount of equipment and ingredients.

Discover the 10 necessary bar tools for lazy mixologists.

Our Top Summer Sippers

Paloma Cocktail with Black Background from Above
The best summer cocktails are as easy to drink as they ar e

Our top summer sippers will take you around the world to countries like Brazil, France, Italy, Cuba, Mexico and the UK. Not surprisingly, we feature a drink from our home base of Portugal too.

We’ve included classic cocktails like the Daiquiri, Margarita and Mojito as well as more exotic Mauresque and Porto Tonico cocktails. It’s our own personal list of the best summer drinks to make at home for lazy mixologists like us.

Make one cocktail or make ten. There’s no rush. You have all summer.

25 Easy Summer Cocktails

About the Authors

About the Authors

Daryl & Mindi Hirsch

Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.


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Original Publication Date: June 28, 2020