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21 BEST SUMMER COCKTAILS

You can beat the heat and bring the flavor to warm summer evenings with tangy, fruity, sweet or spicy summer cocktails. Keep cocktail prep simple when you use KitchenAid® blenders or hand blenders to create smooth and creamy mixtures, then pull out your favorite margarita glasses, mason jars or highball glasses to cool off and toast to the season. Read the guide below to discover 21 cocktail recipes featuring vodka, tequila, wine, gin, rum and more. 

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SUMMER VODKA DRINKS

Vodka’s subtle flavor makes it an ideal base for a variety of fruity, spicy, tropical and complex cocktails. Plus, the spirit’s clear coloration allows you to invent visually stunning creations that look enticing in a glass or pitcher. Explore the recipes below to find inspiration for your next vodka summer drink.

Sage honey pineapple blended cocktails in glasses on tray

1. SAGE HONEY PINEAPPLE BLENDED COCKTAIL

Add this tropical cocktail to the lineup at your next backyard party. Use a KitchenAid® blender to combine sage-infused honey with frozen pineapple, vodka and lime juice, then garnish with a toasted sage leaf for a symphony of earthy, sweet and tangy flavors.

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2. LEMONADE COCKTAIL

Strike a happy medium between sweet and tart with this lemonade cocktail. Use a KitchenAid® Mini 3.5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer to combine fresh raspberries, lemon juice and turbinado sugar. Blend the mixture with a homemade simple syrup, water, vodka and ice for a gratifying alternative to traditional hard lemonade. 

Watermelon lemon coconut drink in a glass garnished with mint leaves

3. WATERMELON LEMON COCONUT DRINK

You can enjoy the tropical and fruity flavors of this summertime beverage with or without alcohol additives. Create a virgin drink by pureeing lemon juice, sugar and watermelon in a KitchenAid® blender. Blend coconut milk into the puree, then pour and garnish with mint leaves. For an alcoholic cocktail, simply stir in two ounces of vodka before serving.

SUMMER TEQUILA DRINKS

Tequila is well known for creating classically smooth margaritas with its clean taste, but this versatile beverage can lend a sweet, fruity and earthy tone to a variety of cocktails and margarita twists. See the recipes below to discover ways to create delightful summer cocktails with a tequila base.

Mango margaritas in margarita glasses garnished with lime wedges

4. MANGO MARGARITA

Pair the tang of mango with a savory blend of cumin, chili powder and cayenne pepper in this mango-centric spin on a margarita. Use the KitchenAid® K150 3-Speed Ice Crushing Blender to achieve a thick and slushy margarita mixture, then add the mixture to margarita glasses with rims dipped in a spicy blend for a satisfying flavor contrast. 

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5. FRESHLY SQUEEZED JUICE COCKTAIL

Invigorate any summer evening with this cocktail recipe that can be modified to create a crowd-pleasing mocktail. Attach the KitchenAid® Citrus Juicer to any KitchenAid® stand mixer1 and quickly juice oranges and limes, then add citrus juice to juiced apple, pear and pineapple for a robust blend of fresh fruit flavors. Incorporate tequila, then garnish with fresh mint or a dash of cinnamon before serving.

 

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Various frosted cocktails garnished with mint leaves

6. FRESH FRUIT PALETAS AND A TROPICAL MARGARITA BAR

Incorporate exotic fruit into your next summer party with this passion fruit infused margarita. For the taste and feel of an elevated popsicle treat, you’ll pair a smooth mix of tequila and orange liqueur with citrus, strawberry, mangos, agave nectar and mint to create an ice-cold and energizing beverage.

Citrus margaritas in glasses with salt and lemon wedges on the rims

7. CITRUS MARGARITA

This margarita recipe is simple to make and delicious to sip. Combine the fruity, peppery undertones of silver tequila with sweet and sour ruby red grapefruit, orange and lime. Serve it in your favorite margarita glasses with a lemon or lime wedge garnish.

SUMMER WINE DRINKS

Whether you prefer red, white, sparkling or Rosé, wine is an excellent base for flavorful mixed drinks like sangria, spritzers and more. See the recipes below for twists on traditional wine cocktails that can complement your next summer dinner party.

Watermelon sangria in glasses garnished with green leaves

8. WATERMELON SANGRIA

Keep guests coming back for more with this simple twist on a Spanish classic. Packed with fresh summer favorites like raspberry, orange, lime and watermelon flavors, this white wine, vodka and triple sec cocktail is quick to prepare so you can sip it on a whim all summer long.

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9. WHITE WINE SANGRIA SPRITZER

Blend the fruity zest of Sauvignon Blanc with the burnt orange and vanilla bean flavors of Grand Marnier in this refreshing summer cocktail. Use a KitchenAid® food processor to slice limes, lemon and starfruit, then pour Grand mariner, Sauvignon Blanc and soda water over prepared fruit before chilling and serving.  

SUMMER CHAMPAGNE DRINKS

Create cocktails your guests can’t stop sipping with this light and bubbly cocktail base. Champagne is the key ingredient in a popular summer cocktail—mimosas—that can spice up your favorite brunch roundup on a warm summer morning. Use the mimosa recipe below to inspire your next champagne summer drink.

Various flavors of mimosas with green leaf garnishes

10. MIMOSAS

Summer cocktails don’t need to be complicated to be irresistible. For this recipe, choose a combination of fresh fruits of your choice—like blood oranges, pineapple and grapefruit—and juice them. Top freshly squeezed juice with chilled champagne and garnish with your choice for fresh fruit or herbs. The KitchenAid® Citrus Juicer Attachment helps you juice citrus fruits quickly and easily.

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11. SPARKLING STRAWBERRY SORBET

Put a chilly twist on cocktail night with this champagne-infused strawberry sorbet. Use a KitchenAid® blender to puree strawberries, sugar and lemon, then combine all of your ingredients using a KitchenAid® stand mixer and churn sorbet into a thick and creamy blend perfect for scooping using the KitchenAid® Ice Cream Maker attachment1.


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Two wine glasses of bellini next to pastries

12. BELLINI

Take advantage of ripe and juicy peaches during the summer season with this sparkling Italian cocktail. Simply use a blender to puree fresh peaches, then add two parts Prosecco and one part fresh peach puree into a Champagne flute and serve.

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SUMMER GIN DRINKS

A popular spirit for cocktails, gin is rich with botanicals that pair best with citrus and savory flavors like lemon, lime, cucumber and mint, but gin’s versatility makes it easy to experiment with new flavor combinations.

Raspberry rose cocktails in gold-rimmed glasses

13. RASPBERRY ROSE COCKTAIL

Savor a quiet summer evening as you sip on a cocktail rich with floral tones. Rose water, rose syrup and gin create a complex botanical base while raspberry packs a punch of fruity flavor and a vibrant color perfect for summer.

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14. BEE’S KNEES

You can whip up this simple but satisfying cocktail in minutes with nothing but gin, lemon juice, honey and ice. Pour two parts gin into a cocktail shaker, then add one part lemon juice and a half part honey (or add honey to taste). Shake with ice to thoroughly mix ingredients for consistency from the first sip to the last drop, then pour into glasses and garnish with a lemon wedge.

SUMMER RUM DRINKS

You can create classic drinks with rum year-round, but rum is particularly well known for adding an exhilarating kick to popular summer cocktails like daiquiris and mojitos. Discover summer rum drinks below that can reinvigorate you and your guests during the next summer heat wave. 

Three fruit sweetened mojitos on serving tray with limes

15. FRUIT SWEETENED MOJITO

You can’t go wrong with this classic summertime beverage. Quench your thirst with this sweet, citrusy and herbaceous combination of rum, lime, pineapple, dates, ginger and mint leaves topped with sparkling water.

Close-up of mango jalapeño daiquiri garnished with fresh jalapeño

16. MANGO JALAPEÑO DAIQUIRI

Mango jalapeño daiquiris are a spicy summer staple sure to keep you and your party guests cool. Use a KitchenAid® blender to combine mango, lime, maple syrup and jalapeño to achieve a smooth and creamy texture. Pour over crushed ice and enjoy the marriage of hot and spicy to sweet and sugary. 

SUMMER WHISKEY DRINKS

Whether you prefer bourbon, scotch, rye, Irish or blended whiskey, you can use this distilled spirit to create balanced and smooth cocktails that help you beat the heat on warm summer days. Discover a simple twist on a classic cocktail below.

Glass of a bourbon old fashioned with a cinnamon stick and lemon wedge

17. MARMALADE BOURBON OLD FASHIONED

Hit the patio and enjoy a citrus infused old fashioned with a powerful blend of rich botanical, fruity and sweet flavors. You can prepare a marmalade bourbon old fashioned with only a handful of ingredients, including orange marmalade, cinnamon sticks, bourbon and aromatic bitters.

Glasses of sparkling grapefruit cocktails

18. SPARKLING GRAPEFRUIT COCKTAILS

Cool off on a hot summer day with this citrus, ginger and rosemary-infused cocktail featuring splashes of bourbon and vodka. Create your own simple syrup for this recipe, and top it off with a dash of sparkling water for a balanced, fizzy blend.

SUMMER FROZEN DRINKS

Nothing quenches thirst on hot summer days better than a thick, icy beverage packed with fresh flavors. Read on for summer frozen drink recipes sure to spark ideas for your next summertime soiree.

Tall flute glasses of ginger lavender infused vodka slush

19. GINGER LAVENDER INFUSED VODKA SLUSH

Whip up a boozy summer party drink guests won’t soon forget with this vodka slush recipe. Combine sugar, dried lavender, fresh ginger, vodka, lemon juice and mint with finely chopped ice, then garnish with fresh lavender sprigs for an eye-catching accent.

Two frozen coconut margaritas with lime wedges, straws and drink umbrellas

20. FROZEN COCONUT MARGARITAS

Bring creamy and rich tropical flavors to your table this summer with this lime and coconut cocktail. Use a KitchenAid® blender to prepare a coconut powder for margarita glass rims garnished with zesty lime wheels, then fill each glass with a slushy tequila, cointreau, powdered coconut and agave nectar blend.

Watermelon wine slushies in glasses with red and white striped straws

21. WATERMELON WINE SLUSHIE

Create this simple yet satisfying summer slushie with only four ingredients: watermelon juice, White Zinfandel, simple syrup and mint leaves. Freeze watermelon juice in ice cube trays, then use a blender like the KitchenAid® K400 Variable Speed Blender to mix in wine, syrup and mint leaves for a silky smooth slushie.

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EXPLORE KITCHENAID® COUNTERTOP APPLIANCES FOR MAKING SUMMER COCKTAILS

KitchenAid® countertop appliances give you the tools you need to slice citrus wedges for garnishes, blend smooth and creamy cocktails and extract juice for refreshing infusions. Choose from versatile food processors or cordless hand blenders that offer big food prep potential in a small footprint, or explore KitchenAid® blenders powerful enough to finely crush ice for a refreshing cocktail slushy.

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