15 Refreshing Summer Cocktails

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Assortment of refreshing summer cocktails

Happy summer, friends! We’ve compiled our favorite refreshing summer cocktails to help you cool off and unwind. Think sangria, margaritas, coolers, and more! Cheers!

Fresh orange wedge on the rim of a jar of Traditional Red Sangria
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Easy Traditional Red Sangria
Simple, traditional Red Spanish Sangria made with simple methods and just 6 ingredients. The perfect fruity summer beverage that’s adaptable and delicious!
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Using a wooden spoon to stir fresh fruit for making White Sangria
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Easy Traditional White Sangria
An easy, 8-ingredient (1-pitcher!) recipe for traditional white wine sangria. Brandy and wine recommendations included, and seasonally adaptable!
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Stemless wine glass filled with our recipe for Mint and Citrus White Wine Sangria
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Mint and Citrus White Wine Sangria
A refreshing white wine sangria with the flavors of mint, lemon, and lime.
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Two glasses of homemade Vegan Hibiscus Margaritas beside lime wedges
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5-Ingredient Hibiscus Margaritas
Simple 5-ingredient margaritas infused with hibiscus tea concentrate, giving it the perfect tart, sweet finish. Complex, delicious, and pairs especially well with Mexican food.
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Two glasses of our Strawberry Rhubarb Margarita recipe
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Rhubarb Strawberry Margaritas
6-ingredient rhubarb strawberry margaritas with silver tequila, lime juice, and a homemade rhubarb-strawberry syrup. Tart-sweet, easy to make, and perfect for spring!
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Wood cutting board with lime wedges and Chili Lime Mango Margaritas
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Chili Lime Mango Margaritas
Simple mango margaritas with orange, lime, agave, and silver tequila! Cold, sweet, tangy, and subtly spiced. Perfect for Mexican food and warm weather!
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Lime wedges around glasses of Watermelon Margaritas
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Best Watermelon Margaritas (3 Ingredients!)
The best Watermelon Margaritas with just 3 ingredients! Naturally sweet from the watermelon, tangy from the lime, and spiked with silver tequila!
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Two homemade Ginger Beer Margaritas on a cutting board
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5-Ingredient Ginger Beer Margaritas
5-Ingredient margaritas made with ginger beer and fresh lime juice! Simple, flavorful, and so delicious. The only margarita recipe you’ll ever need.
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Tall glass of our Watermelon Limeade Cocktail recipe with a lime wedge on the rim
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Watermelon Limeade Cocktails
Watermelon “ice cubes” and fresh lime juice are the stars of this simple and refreshing cocktail. Perfect for light dinner drinks and sweet enough to be considered dessert.
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Glasses of our Cucumber Cooler Cocktail recipe topped with cucumbers slices, mint leaves, and limes
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Cucumber Cooler Cocktails
A light, refreshing cocktail with fresh lime and mint and a surprising, pleasant crunch from cucumber slices.
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Top down shot of a homemade Grapefruit Lime Spritzer
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Grapefruit Lime Spritzers
A simple grapefruit lime spritzer with freshly squeezed grapefruit and lime juice, 2 types of liquor, and tonic water for a bubbly effect. Simple cocktail perfection.
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Close up shot of a glass of our Citrus and Melon Spritzer recipe
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4-Ingredient Citrus & Melon Spritzer
Light and refreshing spritzers made with fresh honeydew melon and lime. Incredibly versatile and made with just 4 simple ingredients.
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Glass filled with our Blackberry Basil Mojito recipe
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Blackberry Basil Mojito
This 7-ingredient Blackberry Basil Mojito is refreshing, simple to make, and a lovely balance of tart and sweet. Perfect for happy hours, entertaining, and making the most of all that beautiful summer produce.
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Using a bar spoon to stir our AMAZING Orange Whiskey Ginger with Mint for a perfect NYE cocktail
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Orange-Infused Whiskey Ginger
Orange-infused whiskey ginger with fresh lemon and ginger juice. Naturally sweetened, zesty, citrusy, and perfect for the holidays and beyond!
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Fresh limes, mint, and two Coconut Gin and Tonics
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Coconut Gin and Tonics
4-ingredient Gin and Tonic cocktails infused with naturally sweet coconut water for a refreshing, healthier cocktail perfect any time of year.
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If you try any of these recipes, let us know! Leave a comment or take a picture and tag it #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

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  1. Allison says

    I love having all these delicious options in one place, makes it so much easily to search. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Annette says

    I am surprised that you have not provided recipes for “mocktails” as well, for those who do not drink alcohol! I always consider this website as a place to get healthy recipes-please explore this option, many people would appreciate it!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Annette! This was more of a cocktail round-up. But many of them are alcohol optional. I love the suggestion though and we’ll definitely keep that in mind!

    • Jen Owen says

      Leave out the booze :) Then it is a ‘Mocktail’ I read through the ingredients and honestly enjoy both. I am a two drink max person so I switch and these ingredients are flavorful and delicious.

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