9 Summer Cocktails To Keep You Cool In Summer 2024

Paloma

Fresh grapefruit juice is the star of this cocktail. Shaken with flavorful reposado tequila, a squeeze of lime, and lots of ice, the drink is topped with splashes of lemon-lime and club sodas for a not-too-sweet version that is sure to refresh.

Watermelon Daiquiri

Preparing fresh watermelon juice gives this blend-and-sip cocktail a burst of cool melon flavor, though fresh, high-quality store-bought juice will work here, too. It's a rum drink for margarita lovers, with a salted rim 

Paloma

This light and refreshing cocktail is as reminiscent of the American South as it is of the South of France. It's made with fresh peach and basil, gin, Lillet, lemon juice, club soda, and a bit of simple syrup.

Tom Collins

With likeness to a Gin Sling or Gin Fizz, the Tom Collins is an easy cocktail made with gin, freshly squeezed lemon juice, a bit of sugar, and carbonated water. It's thirst-quenching and refreshing, with balanced sweet.

Thai Basil Sangria

The Spanish drink sangria draws its name from the blood-red color of its traditional red wine base. This stripped-down version gets its rich golden hue and zingy flavors from white wine, fresh-squeezed orange juice

Aperol Spritz

Typically served in a stemmed wine glass filled with ice along with an orange wedge garnish, it's best to use brut Prosecco for this drink, which already has plenty of sweetness from its eponymous ingredient. 

Cucumber-Rose Gin Spritz

A classic combination of gin, lemon, and club soda gets a refreshing twist with cucumber, basil, and cardamom-infused syrup. Dried rose petals add a subtle floral flavor and act as a beautiful garnish.

Tamarind-Mezcal Sour

Smoky mezcal and savory bitters are rounded out by sweet-tart lemon juice and tamarind puree in this punchy cocktail.

Banana-Rum Old-Fashioned

A bold, strong cocktail with both high-proof bourbon and light rum gets a hit of floral sweetness from mellow crème de banane.