7 Summer Cocktails

By Ellie Sher Jul 02, 2013

Kick back this season with one of these summertime coolers. Here are 7 refreshing options to help you beat the heat.

1. Blueberry-Basil Punch

This luscious purple cocktail gets its violet color from a generous amount of muddled blueberries, which provides a not-too-sweet base for this summer punch. Fresh lemon juice adds brightness to the mix, while basil infuses the beverage with a fresh-from-the-garden taste.

Get the recipe: Blueberry-Basil Punch

2. Michelada 

Break out of your usual cocktail routine with this dressed-up beer chiller. Typically made with lime juice, spices, and beer, this Mexican specialty gets a lift from celery soda and seed.

Get the recipe: Michelada

3. Grapefruit-Gin Fizz

This zippy cocktail inherits a slight liquorice flavor thanks to a double dose of fennel – first, in the form of the fennel seeds and then in a fennel-infused simple syrup. Prepare the simple syrup ahead of time, and let your guests choose between gin or vodka for a festive make-your-own cocktail bar.

Get the recipe: Grapefruit-Gin Fizz

4. Minted Watermelon and Cucumber Punch

Light and effervescent, this nonalcoholic pick is the ideal thirst-quencher in the summer heat. The brightness of the lime juice and cooling element of the mint pair flawlessly with the juicy watermelon puree.

Get the recipe: Minted Watermelon and Cucumber Punch 

5. Blackberry-Thyme Mojito

Hosting a crowd? This fragrant cocktail recipe can easily be doubled or tripled for a no-fuss party punch. Bonus: prepare a big batch of simple syrup and store in your fridge for up to a month to sweeten cocktails and iced tea alike.

Get the recipe: Blackberry-Thyme Mojito 

6. Pineapple-Mango Rum Punch

The slew of fruit in this colorful cocktail transports your guests to the beaches of a tropical island. These vibrant fruit chunks get a subtle upgrade from the elegant elderflower liqueur, and of course, the distinct taste of white rum.

Get the recipe: Pineapple-Mango Rum Punch

7. Mezcal Margarita

Known for it’s signature smoky flavor, mezcal elevates the standard margarita.  When paired with refreshing components like grapefruit, pineapple, and lime, mezcal brings out their natural sweetness rather than masking it behind a smoky fog.

Get the recipe: Mezcal Margarita