What better way to kick off the summer than the 15 Best Summer Cocktails?! These recipes are colorful, delicious, and easy to make cocktails that are perfect for weeknights on the balcony or a backyard BBQ!

The 15 Best Summer Cocktails

 

It’s that wonderful time of year when I’m surrounded by friends, family, and parties. No, it’s not Christmas time…it’s summertime! It’s the unofficial start of summer this weekend with Memorial Day and I am beyond thrilled for the warm weather. I can finally come out of hiding! Kidding/not kidding.

Actually, I just got back from eight blissful 90 degree days in Mexico. When I returned to Chicago last Monday, it was 55 and raining. After no air conditioning at the resort (it’s eco-friendly), I was honestly happy for the reprieve but my true north quickly realigned and prepared for the return to warm weather this weekend. Other than the sun, yoga, and farm-to-table food at the resort, I really enjoyed the Basil Margaritas and nice cold beers with my big bowls of guacamole and chips. Those evenings were so simple but so enjoyable.

And, I’m going to continue that practice all summer long with the 15 Best Summer Cocktails. This is the first year that I’ve lived in Chicago where I’ve had a full, fenced in backyard. I’ve been waiting for the warmer weather to pop up so that I can start hosting friends over for backyard BBQs and gatherings. My first one is tomorrow in honor of the holiday weekend and I’m making margaritas. But, I also love to have a fresh, easy cocktail on a summer evening laying in the hammock and reading. It’s pure bliss and it’s perfect for an easy, breezy summer. I know what I'm doing this summer. What are you doing? Whatever it is, make sure you have a drink in your hand.

Cheers!

Here are the 15 Best Summer Cocktails:

Fizzy Lime Margaritas by The Endless Meal | The 15 Best Summer Cocktails

Fizzy Lime Margaritas by The Endless Meal

 

 

Grilled Peach Spritz by Petit Foodie | The 15 Best Summer Cocktails

Grilled Peach Spritz by Petit Foodie

 

 

Summer White Sangria by Ambs Loves Food | The 15 Best Summer Cocktails

Summer White Sangria by Ambs Loves Food

 

 

Strawberry Basil Mojito by The Endless Meal | The 15 Best Summer Cocktails

Strawberry Basil Mojito by The Endless Meal

 

 

 

Cucumber Collins by We Are Not Martha | The 15 Best Summer Cocktails

Cucumber Collins by We Are Not Martha

 

 

Frozen Pineapple Dragon Fruit Margaritas by The Forked Spoon | The 15 Best Summer Cocktails

Frozen Pineapple Dragon Fruit Margaritas by The Forked Spoon

 

 

 

Fresh Pineapple Margaritas by The Endless Meal | The 15 Best Summer Cocktails

Fresh Pineapple Margaritas by The Endless Meal

 

 

 

Raspberry Smash Cocktails by Windy City Dinner Fairy | The 15 Best Summer Cocktails

Raspberry Smash Cocktails by Windy City Dinner Fairy

 

 

Strawberry + Peach Rose Sangria by What’s Gaby Cooking | The 15 Best Summer Cocktails

Strawberry + Peach Rose Sangria by What’s Gaby Cooking

 

 

Two glasses of grapefruit margarita with slices of grapefruit and ice in glasses on a blue table

Grapefruit Margaritas by The Endless Meal

 

 

Grapefruit Rhubarb Gin Tonics by Heather Christo | The 15 Best Summer Cocktails

Grapefruit Rhubarb Gin Tonics by Heather Christo

 

 

 

Pineapple Punch with Ginger Beer by A Beautiful Plate | The 15 Best Summer Cocktails

Pineapple Punch with Ginger Beer by A Beautiful Plate

 

 

 

Fresh Mint Mojitos by The Endless Meal | The 15 Best Summer Cocktails

Fresh Mint Mojitos by The Endless Meal

 

 

 

Skinny Jalapeno Watermelon Margaritas by Ambitious Kitchen | The 15 Best Summer Cocktails

Skinny Jalapeno Watermelon Margaritas by Ambitious Kitchen

 

 

 

Minted Orange + Strawberry Coolers by Half Baked Harvest | The 15 Best Summer Cocktails

Minted Orange + Strawberry Coolers by Half Baked Harvest