Top 10 summer cocktail recipes

Cool off when the weather turns hot with one of our quenching summer cocktail recipes. Try a fruity punch, sangria with a twist or refreshing spritz.

Scoop up a sensational party punch with plenty of ice, mix a marvellous batch of mojitos or give your G&T a fresh twist. Our favourite summer drinks recipes are perfect for sitting back and enjoying with friends. They're simple to make, don't need special mixology skills or equipment, and taste like summer in a glass. 

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1. Apple prosecco punch

Apple punch in jug and glasses
Turn a basic apple flavoured cocktail into a spectacularly elegant party drink with a splash of fizz. Make a batch of our apple prosecco punch in just five minutes, then chill in the fridge until your guests arrive. Crack out your most impressive punch bowl and slices of fresh fruit for a showstopping cocktail with (almost) no effort required. 

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2. Cucumber, mint & melon punch

Cucumber and melon punch in pitcher
Feeling fruity? Our cucumber, mint & melon punch uses juicy chunks of honeydew, cantaloupe and watermelon to beat the heat. This sweet summer cooler is one best made in advance so the mint and cucumber can steep in the vodka and impart more of their flavour. You can leave it for 24 hours or up to a week for a more intense hit. Or, ramp it up with a dash of Pimm's and orange liqueur.

3. Michelada

Cocktails on tray with tortilla chips and lime
Take a humble bottle of lager and transform it into a Latin-inspired michelada. Kick your weekend off with our easy, four-ingredient recipe  - it's got plenty of oomph. If you're feeling daring, finish your drink with a dash of hot or Worcestershire sauce for a savoury hit.

Try serving with some of your favourite Mexican recipes to get the party started, like these courgette, jalapeño and feta nachos
 

4. Frozen caipirinha 

Frozen cocktails on tray with lime wedges
This chilly spin on the classic Brazilian cocktail is a surefire winner when things start hotting up. Try our frozen caipirinha for a smooth, citrussy treat. The secret to getting the most flavour into your slushie is squeezing as much lime as possible into the sugar syrup. When you're ready to make your cocktails, simply whizz up your lime and sugar syrup with the other ingredients in the blender.

Ready to try more exciting twists? Mix it up with our pineapple caipirinhas or a speedy caipiroska
 

5. White wine sangria

Sangria with fresh fruit in jug
Try a twist on the traditional pitcher with our white wine sangria. The elderflower pairs beautifully with a crisp, delicate wine and juicy peach slices. Sprinkle in a few edible flowers for a picture-perfect garnish or try freezing them into ice cubes. 

Mix up more sensational punches with our top 5 sangria recipes, from the classic recipe everyone knows to our super slushie version. 
 

6. Mint julep

Mint cocktail in mug with straw
Whisky cocktails might summon up images of roaring fires and cosy nights in, but our mint julep takes your standard dram to new heights. Serve bourbon over mounds of crushed ice with freshly picked mint and churn gently with a mixing spoon. If you're making your own sugar syrup, store in the fridge for up to a week for future creative cocktails. 

Try our best ever easy whisky cocktail recipes for more party-worthy tipples. 
 

7. Seaside G&T

Gin and tonic with ice and samphire
The G&T is the undisputed king of easy cocktails. This versatile recipe can be customised any way you like to make it savoury and spicy, light and fruity or a concoction all of your own. Our seaside G&T will transport you to the coast with one sip. We use samphire and a seaweed-infused gin, perfect for serving after a rich meal. If you love experimenting with flavours, try our 10 gin & tonics with a twist. For a grown-up summer treat, tuck into these gin & tonic ice lollies

If you're a fan of the classic serve, learn how to make the perfect gin & tonic with our definitive guide. 
 

8. Aperol spritz 

Two cocktails in glasses
Indulge in our classic Italian Aperol spritz, with just three ingredients it packs in plenty of flavour. Mix Aperol, prosecco and soda with our proportions, or try different ratios to your taste. This bright orange drink conjurs up images of Italian piazzas, seaside bistros and lazy afternoons in the sun. It only takes a few minutes to make, so is ideal for an impromptu gathering. 

Try our new ways with Aperol for more sun-drenched cocktail ideas. 
 

9. Frosé 

Frosé in glass
A glass of Frosé was made for slow, rose-tinted summer evenings. Blend frozen rosé wine, strawberries, lemon and a little sugar together for a fresh tipple everyone will love. If you have time to plan ahead, this super cool snifter is the perfect party option. 

Chill out with more frozen cocktail recipes, from iced daiquiris to sangria slushies. 
 

10. Sea breeze 

Red cocktail in glass with straw
Our final cocktail is a breath of fresh air. Mix together cranberry juice, grapefruit juice and vodka for a fun and funky sea breeze. Garnish with a stripy paper straw and a slice of lime. If you're craving a day at the beach but you're stuck in the city centre, you won't regret whipping up this bright beverage. 

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