Summer Cocktail Recipes

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One of the best things about the summer is that it is a time when you are able to spend hours outside having fun with friends and family, and I think we can all agree that those times can be even more fun when you have the perfect cocktail in hand! 

There is nothing quite like sitting out on a patio with great food, great company, and great drinks right by your side, and it all comes down to whether or not you can put together a menu of beverages that spark joy in the hearts of your guests.

To ensure that you have the best parties in the neighborhood this season, we have put together a list of some of the most delicious summer cocktail recipes that are going to be on-trend in 2022. Which one tickles your fancy the most?


Nothing says summer quite like a classic mojito. That signature combination of lime, rum, and fresh mint zings in the mouth and provides a cooling sensation even on the hottest August days. Definitely, a cocktail that should always be on the menu!

  • Ten fresh mint leaves.
  • ½ a lime cut into 3 wedges.
  • 2 tbsp white sugar.
  • 1 cup of ice cubes.
  • 1 ½ fluid ounces rum.
  • ½ club soda.

Pina Colada

As far as we are concerned, anything with pineapple and coconut in it is always going to scream summer vacation! The beauty of a pina colada is that it is super easy to make and can have the double effect of feeling like a dessert as you drink it. Indulgent and fun, but that is what summer is all about!

  • 1 ounce white rum.
  • 1 ounce cream of coconut.
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice.
  • 1/4 cup frozen pineapple chunks.
  • 1 cup ice.
  • 1 ounce golden rum
  • Pineapple leaf for garnish.


If you like your cocktails to have a little more bite than a pina colada, then you can never go wrong with a classic margarita. The combination of tequila and the all-important signature salt rim is certainly an acquired taste, but if you are more savory than sweet, this is definitely the summer drink for you!

  • 2 ounces tequila.
  • ½ ounce orange liqueur.
  • 1 ounce lime juice.
  • ½ agave syrup.
  • Salt for rim.

Vodka Spritzer

For something a little lighter and breezier that you can sip on all day long, a vodka spritzer is the perfect choice. Fresh and fruity with that all important kick of strong liquor, this cocktail is the perfect combination of tangy and refreshing.

  • 1 cup fresh cranberries.
  • ¼ cup water.
  • 2 tbsp honey.
  • 1 ½ ounces vodka.
  • Fresh lime.
  • Ice.
  • Sparkling water.

Watermelon Martini

Watermelon is a staple of the summer diet, so why not add it to your party cocktails too? This isn’t like any kind of martini James Bond ever had, that’s for sure! Hugely refreshing and the perfect mixture of tangy and sweet. You won’t be able to stop at just one!

  • ¼ cup watermelon juice.
  • 2 mint leaves.
  • 1 ounce vodka.
  • ½ ounce Cointreau or other orange flavor liqueur.
  • ½ ounce lime juice.
  • 1 tsp simple syrup.
  • Watermelon wedge for garnish.

There are no complicated recipes here. All can be made in a shaker or jug. If you’re not sure how to make the ingredients all come together, just look online for instructions. 

Hopefully, we have given you enough inspiration to keep your party guests happy this summer, but if you want to go even further with your cocktail adventures in Pennsylvania and own your own cocktail bar, then see this page for information about professional liquor licenses for sale.