Warm weather is finally here, so now’s the time to enjoy the outdoors and enjoy a refreshing drink in your hand. The coming summer season is the perfect time to hit up your local farmers’ market and grab some fresh fruit, like pineapples, strawberries and coconuts, to add to your cocktails. Move over, Manhattan—we’ll see you again in the fall.
A cocktail—in a pineapple. If for some reason you’re still reading this instead of raiding a fruit stand, this drink is the epitome of summer. Pineapple and lemon juices, almond extract, cinnamon syrup and whiskey come together for another nod to Tiki. Blend well and stick a straw in that baby, and you’re ready to swing on a hammock all season long.
Summertime is rum time, and there’s no better way to illustrate that than with the Summerlin. A simple cocktail with rum, simple, watermelon and lemon juice, this drink is refreshing and, most importantly, easy enough to make for a crowd.
We’ve already said tepache is your new favorite summer drink, and here’s the cocktail to prove it. The Tepache Mode takes the fermented pineapple liquor and pairs it well with tequila, lime juice, simple syrup and Tex-Mex bitters for a drink that combines sweetness, bitterness and a burst of tartness. Next time you feel like a Margarita, take a swig of this one instead.
Palomas are great anytime, but this watermelon twist makes this cocktail distinctly summer. Substituting grapefruit soda for seltzer and watermelon juice and adding agave nectar and cilantro, this cocktail has some depth in its refreshing flavor.
If you need a drink in a pinch, it doesn’t get much easier than this. Sour mix, Tanqueray No. 10 gin, lime juice and club soda all go together in a tall glass for a bubbly and delicious cocktail. Pro-tip: Eschew pre-made sour mix, and make your own by combining oleo saccharum and lemon juice.
This cocktail offers a strawberry explosion with a kick. Infuse rum and a rich simple syrup in strawberries, and add some lemon juice and, for a surprise, a dash or two of Tabasco sauce. Trust us, you’ll love it.
You’ve heard of the Mint Julep, but what if you swapped out that whiskey for gin? Or more specifically, gin and genever? The Gin on Gin Julep does just that. And how does that saying go? Double the gin, double the fun?
We’ve already covered watermelon on our list, but we just couldn’t help but include one more. The Whatamelon is a combination of sweet, refreshing, light and airy flavors like cucumber, elderflower and, of course, watermelon juice. It’s going to be something you can drink all summer long.
If there’s a cocktail that screams beach life, the Caribeño is it. Coconut water, white rum, lime juice and simple syrup are all you need for tropical bliss. Pro-tip: Up the ante by serving this in a hollowed-out coconut.
If you can’t make it to the beach this summer, Maryum’s Grass Skirt will bring the beach to wherever you are. With rum, rose hip, pineapple, mint, brandied cherries and the surprising inclusion of rye whiskey, this Tiki-esque cocktail offers multiple levels of flavor and a delicate aroma. We dare you try to have just one.
Does it get any more refreshing than a slice of cucumber? The answer is yes—two ounces of cucumber, pear-flavored vodka, elderflower liqueur and a dash of lemonade, to be exact. Any serving of this at your summer cocktail party will be a hit, believe us.