Summer Cocktails for a Warm Weather Buzz

Whatever your spirit of choice, here’s how to stay cool through the hottest months.

It’s going to be hot out soon, which means it’ll be time to mix yourself up a cool cocktail filled with ice to stave off the sweat. After all, you don’t want a drink that’s best served inside a dark, quiet bar. You need a drink that transports you to a shaded veranda overlooking the ocean, or a rooftop patio as the sun sets. Sounds nice, right? Whether it’s an ultimate summertime classic like a Mojito or Rosita, or a buzzy Tiki drink with three kinds of rum, here are 21 summer cocktail recipes that are perfect for the warmest months.

Daiquiri

Ingredients

• 2 oz. white rum
• 1/2 tsp. superfine sugar
• 1/2 oz. lime juice

Directions

Squeeze the lime into your shaker, stir in the sugar, and then add the rum. Shake well with cracked ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Jonn the Beachcomber

Ingredients

 1 oz. light rum
 1 oz. barrel-aged rum
 1 oz. 151-proof rum (optional)
 .5 oz. allspice dram
 .5 oz. grenadine
 .75 oz. pineapple juice
 .5 oz. lime juice

Directions

Shake ingredients vigorously with ice. Pour over more ice in festive glassware. Garnish with straws, fruit, umbrellas, cocktail toothpicks, flags, sparklers, and whatever else you might have floating around in that kitchen junk drawer. Locate chair. Take it easy.

Sunshine

Ingredients

• 2 oz. white rum
• .5 oz. French vermouth
• 1 oz. pineapple juice
• 1 dash grenadine

Directions

Shake ingredients well with cracked ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.