12 Cocktails for summer sipping

Jun 1, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. ET

These cocktails are just one of the reasons we love summer. Beat the heat with these 12 refreshing cocktails, perfect for sipping in the sun.

12 summer cocktail recipes

When the summer sun gets too hot, sit back, relax and cool off with one of our favorite cocktails. Whether you're craving sangria, a fruity cooler, a minty mojito, something with a little fizz or an adults-only Popsicle, we've got you covered as you raise a glass to summer.


Frozen blood orange sangria

Frozen blood orange sangria

Sangria is a popular summertime cocktail, but we've changed it up a bit and made it even more refreshing. This frozen version will cool you off in a hurry.

Blend up this frozen cocktail today >>


Fresh cantaloupe sangria

Fresh cantaloupe

Take advantage of the fresh fruit available during the summer months and use cantaloupe puree in your white wine sangria.

Get this fruity sangria recipe >>


Rosemary and gin fizz

Rosemary and gin fizz

The herbal essence of gin pairs beautifully with homemade rosemary simple syrup for a bright cocktail.

Make this drink for your next happy hour >>


Basil lemonade rose wine cocktail

rose wine cocktails

Turn a bottle of rose into a delicious pitcher of cocktails by adding citrus vodka and fresh basil.

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Rhubarb and ginger mojito

Rhubarb and ginger mojito

Forget the pies — use your rhubarb to make this seasonal mojito with a hint of ginger.

Find out how to make this drink >>


Sparkling berry mojito

 Sparkling berry mojito recipe

This gorgeous berry-hued mojito is a fun twist on the classic rum cocktail.

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Papaya, pineapple and ginger cooler

Papaya, pineapple and ginger cooler

Feel like you're basking in the tropical sun with a Hawaiian-inspired fruity cooler.

See how to make this fruity cooler >>


Watermelon and jalapeño margarita

Watermelon & jalapeno margaritas

Some like it hot and that's exactly what they'll get with this spicy margarita, perfect for any summertime fiesta.

Learn how to make this spicy drink >> 


Blueberry bliss Bellini

Blueberry bliss Bellini

Nothing says brunch like Champagne and this blueberry Bellini is a nice change from the standard mimosa.

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Host an Australian-style happy hour with a tall, cold lemonade beer cocktail.

See how to make this cocktail >>


Summer berry mojito poptails

Summer berry mojito poptails

Freeze your mojitos so you can eat your cocktails, too. Just make sure the kids have their own nonalcoholic version.

Cool off with this boozy Popsicle recipe >>


Frozen pina coladas on a stick

Frozen pina coladas on a stick recipe

Pina coladas are the perfect way to cool down and these ice pops will whisk you away to paradise with one lick.

Learn how to make the pops >>

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