Best Summer Cocktails

By Gayot Editors

Easy Summer Cocktail Recipes for Warm Days

Summer is the time to concoct refreshing and thirst-quenching drinks. Whether your taste leans towards vodka, cider, gin or aperol, GAYOT’s Best Summer Cocktails are perfect for sipping poolside, serving at a barbecue or whipping up just because, you know, summer.

Of course, some hot days call for popping open one of these great summer beers, or for mixing together a classic cocktail instead. The choice is yours.

1. Frozen Strawberry Negroni

Frozen Strawberry Negroni

Courtesy of Jeremy Ortel of Donna in Brooklyn, NY, U.S.A.

This fruity take on the classic Negroni cocktail is just what you need this summer.

1 oz. Campari
1 oz. Bulldog Gin
1 oz. Cinzano 1757 Sweet Vermouth
3/4 oz. Fresh orange juice
1/2 oz. Simple syrup
1 Strawberry

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Garnish with a strawberry and orange slice.

2. The Summer Kick-Off

The Summer Kick-Off

Courtesy of Monarch Rooftop Lounge, New York, NY, U.S.A.

This specialty cocktail from Monarch Rooftop & Indoor Lounge offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan.

1 oz. Fig vodka
1/2 oz. Lemon juice
1/2 oz. Simple syrup
1/2 oz. Blue Curacao
Splash of Prosecco

Add ingredients to a shaker with ice, shake gently and strain. Top with a splash of Prosecco and garnish with strawberries.

3. Hinterland Punch

Hinterland Punch

Courtesy of Josh Mazza

This floral cocktail is an upgrade from your standard punch bowl.

12 oz. Jägermeister
5 oz. Grenadine
10 oz. Ruby Red Grapefruit
20 oz. Roobis tea
26 oz. (1 bottle) Sparkling rosé
8 oz. Strawberries
8 oz. Raspberries

Add edible flowers to tea and freeze in a bread pan. Combine other ingredients in a punch bowl. Add frozen tea and flowers. Cut berries and add into punch.

4. Aperol Peach Spritz

Aperol Peach Spritz

Courtesy of Lucinda Sterling of Middle Branch, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Get into a beach state of mind with this refresher.

1 oz. Aperol
1/2 oz. Peach liqueur
1/2 oz. Fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz. Fresh orange juice
Club Soda to top
Prosecco to top

Add ingredients to a shaker with ice, shake gently and serve in a rocks glass over ice with Prosecco and a dash of club soda.

5. Green With Envy

Green With Envy

This tall drink of green is smooth, sweet and fresh.

3 oz. Natura Chardonnay
4 oz. Green tea
1 1/4 oz. Cucumber syrup
1/2 oz. Lillet
1/2 oz. Lime juice
1 Cucumber, ribboned
2 Mint sprigs, to garnish

Combine Chardonnay, green tea, Cucumber syrup, Lillet and lime juice into a Collins glass. Fill with ice and garnish with a cucumber ribbon inside the glass and mint sprig on top.

*Cucumber Syrup: Juice 1 cucumber and combine 16 ounces with equal parts simple syrup.

6. The Director’s Cut

The Director's Cut

This delightful drink is well-suited for any outdoor party.

3 oz. Bai Bubbles Gimbi Pink Grapefruit
1 oz. Gin

Add ingredients to a shaker with ice, shake gently and strain. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.

7. Stella Artois Cidre Cimosa

Stella Artois Cidre Cimosa

This sweet cimosa is all you need on a summer’s day.

12 oz. Orange juice
12 oz. Stella Artois Cidre

Mix ingredients together in a large pitcher. Pre-chill wine glasses with ice cubes and discard the ice before pouring in the cocktail.

8. Suntory Whisky TOKI Highball

Suntory Whisky TOKI Highball

Courtesy of Suntory Whisky

A favorite of whisky drinkers in Japan during the summer, the Highball cocktail is simple, refreshing and sure to impress your guests.

Toki Whisky
Sparking water
Lemon for garnish

*The optimal proportion for a Toki Highball is 1 part Toki to 3.5 parts sparkling water.

Break a block of ice into roughly-hewn pieces and fill a tall glass to the brim. Add a measure of whisky and, using a long-handled mixing spoon, stir 5 – 10 times to cool the whisky and the glass to the ideal temperature. Add a little more ice, once again filling the glass to the brim. To avoid melting the ice or bursting the bubbles, pour the chilled sparkling water in along the side of the glass or down the spoon. Dip the mixing spoon in and out of the drink one last time, without stirring. Add a twist of lemon.