10 Best Refreshing Drinks for Summer: Cocktail Recipes

07:22 AM July 03, 2019

Summer is all about taking a break from the long, cold weather; it is spending more time under the sun while it lasts. During your time outside, there is a greater demand for cold drinks to refresh the body. For people who dislike soda, there are best summer drinks that fit perfectly for the moment for those who are looking for easy mixed drinks recipes.

These drinks are not just ordinary because they have formulated with the best ingredients and optimized recipes to give you the best summer cocktails. They are best served under a shaded veranda or in a cocktail bar while beautiful sights are seen. This is the real summer experience.


10 Best Refreshing Drinks For Summer

In making these drinks, their recipes could be easy/simple or strong mixed depending on the content. Below are the top 10 refreshing drinks for summer days, their easy recipes and preparation;

Aperol Negroni


Also called Aperol Negroni is a very refreshing drink good for summer days. It looks orange with its color, but the flavors are what make it exceptional. It doesn’t take so long to prepare as long as the following ingredients are available.

  •         1 ounce of gin
  •         1 ounce of Aperol Spritz
  •         ¾ ounce of dry vermouth
  •         1 orange twist


Negroni Preparation

          Get a large glass to fill in the ingredients

          Add gin, Aperol spritz, and dry vermouth

          Stir for a while until it looks ready

          Pour into a cocktail glass


          Serve cold with a chunk of ice

          Garnish the glass with an orange twist

Gin & Tonic

Gin and Tonic

The Gin and Tonic are one of the best simple mixed drink recipes one will ever find. This is because it has a tasty easy recipe consisting of two ingredients. It is suitable for dinners, happy hours or even on sunny days when served chilled.  

The ingredients used in making this recipe are

  •         2 ounces of gin
  •         4-5 ounces of tonic water
  •         Lime wedge


Gin & Tonic Preparation

          Put all the ingredients in one location

          Get a highball glass containing ice cubes

          Add the gin into the glass

          Pour the tonic water into it immediately

          Stir for some seconds

          Serve with a lime wedge on the short cocktail glass

Cuba Libre

Cuba Libre

This is another one of the favorite easy mixed drinks that do not take more than a few seconds to prepare, provided all ingredients are in place. Cuba Libre is served best during summer under a shade/canopy.

Below are the recipes in making this fantastic drink

  •         A half-juiced lime
  •         2 ounces of light rum
  •         4 ounces of club soda 


Preparation Cuba Libre

          Get all ingredients in place

          Into a cocktail glass, squeeze the lime juice to a good amount

          Then, add ice cubes to form frost

          Immediately, pour the rum and stir

          Add the soda drink into the mixture and stir continuously

Gin Martini

Gin Martini

If one has to talk about simple cocktails that have won the hearts of many, i.e., the most popular cocktail, then Gin Martini is that special one. It is very simple as it served by almost every bartender. It contains dry vermouth and gin as its primary recipes.

Here are things needed to make this drink for a sunny day;

  •         Two and a half ounces of Gin
  •         A half ounce of dry vermouth
  •         1 dash of orange or bitters
  •         Olive or lemon twist


Gin Martini Preparation

          First, fill a mixing glass with ice cubes

          Mix the gin and vermouth substantially

          Stir for half a minute

          Serve in a Martini glass

          Depending on the choice, add orange or bitters

          Finally, serve garnished with a lemon twist 

Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned

When this cocktail was first introduced, it was just water, sugar, bitters and gin. Over time, ice and whiskey were used, still being old fashioned. There are few local favorite drinks, and proudly, this is one of them.

Below are what is needed to make the old-fashioned recipe;

  •         1 cube of sugar
  •         1 teaspoonful of water
  •         1 dash of bitters
  •         2 ounces of Irish whiskey
  •         1 lemon twist
  •         Ice cubes
  •         1 orange slice or maraschino cherry


Old Fashioned Preparation

          Get an old fashioned glass to prepare the cocktail drink

          Muddle sugar cube into the glass

          Add a cube of sugar and bitters

          Leave for a minute

          Add the whiskey, stir and leave for another minute

          To the tip of the glass, squeeze the lemon twist

          Add ice cubes till it becomes frosty

          Served to garnish with an orange slice or maraschino cherry


Manhattan drink

This is the cocktail with super tasty easy recipes. It is delicious and best served during summer more than any other day. For people who love citrus, this is an ideal choice; it is mixed with traditional whiskey too. Ingredients needed are;

  •         One and a half ounces of whiskey
  •         A quarter ounce of Grand Marnier
  •         A quarter ounce of sweet vermouth
  •         One ounce of orange juice
  •         Caramelized orange wheel


Manhattan Preparation

          Fill the cocktail shaker with all the important ingredients

          Add ice to form frost

          Shake continuously for half a minute

          Pour into martini glass on the rocks or neat

          Use caramelized orange wheel as garnish

Ernest Hemingway Daiquiri


This is one of the most popular cocktails people now take during summer, especially on the beach. It has a tasty flavor and sweet smell. It contains the following ingredients;

  • 2 ounces of white rum
  • A half teaspoonful of fine sugar
  • A three-quarter ounce grapefruit juice
  • A quarter ounce simple syrup
  • Lime wedge
  • A half ounce of lime juice

Ernest Hemingway Daiquiri Preparation

  • Gently squeeze out the lime juice into a shaker and stir the fine sugar consistently. 
  • Then, add the white rum into it. 
  • Add crushed ice into it and shake well. 
  • Serve cool in a Cosmo glass
  • Finally, garnish with a lime wedge.

Classic Margarita – International Drink


This is a classic, tasty drink that doesn’t take too much to mix and prepare. It only requires;

  •         2 ounces of tequila
  •         1 ounce of Cointreau
  •         1 ounce of lime juice
  •         Coarse salt


Classic Margarita Preparation

          Firstly, get a cocktail glass and chill it

          Rub the rim with lime juice

          Dip gently into coarse salt

          Add other ingredients, i.e., tequila, Cointreau, lime juice

          Then, put in ice

          Shake and serve on a classic margarita glass

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Champagne Cocktail

Champagne Cocktail

For upscale drinks like the champagne cocktail, there are many ways to prepare it with regard to flavor. However, there is only one preferred type that is suitable for summer; it is the classic champagne cocktail. It is tasty, refreshing and does a lot better when served chilled.

These are the champagne cocktail recipes;

  •         1 cube of sugar
  •         4-6 ounces of champagne
  •         1 ounce of brandy 
  •         2 to 3 ounces of Angostura bitters
  •         Orange slice


Champagne Cocktail Preparation

          In a champagne flute, put sugar cube at the bottom

          Pour the angostura bitters to neutralize

          Slowly pour the required amounts of brandy

          Mix with champagne and see the magic

          Serve with an orange slice at the glass tip


The Moscow Mule

Moscow Mule

For easy cocktails, there is a particular ingredient that brings out the flavor and taste. Here, it is the ginger beer among others to make this beautiful recipe. It is best served in a copper mug and has a lot of health benefits.

See the following ingredients;

  •         One and a half ounces of vodka
  •         A half ounce of lime juice
  •         Ice cubes
  •         A half cup of ginger beer
  •         Lime wedge


The Moscow Mule Preparation

          Add both the vodka and lime juice into the mug

          Drop few ice cubes and add ginger beer to the mixture

          Stir for some seconds

          Use a lime wedge as a garnish to the mug

          Serve cold onto a Moscow Mule Copper Mug

Other great refreshing drinks that are simple and nice are Mint Julep cocktails, Iced Tea, Sunshine, Classic Mojito, etc. 


Only a few selected drinks can be served during sunny days (summer), and they are the cocktails above. Their recipes are exceptional, and one could make his or her own into any suitable style. For instance, with a red bull and rum, something refreshing can be made.In conclusion, the top 10 refreshing drinks are good for summer, you should consider making any of them in this next season.

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