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22 Ultra-Refreshing Summer Cocktails (Shaken, Stirred, Frozen)

Bright, fruit-forward, crowd-pleasing, frozen, something you’d drink on a beach vacation—there’s no cut-and-dry definition of a summer cocktail. It’s a vibe, really. Here, I've gathered 22 concoctions you can enjoy pre- or post-sunset, separated into "by the glass," individual or two-person servings that could easily be scaled up; "by the pitcher," for a bigger crowd; and "frozen," because it’s the time for all things frozen.

22 Ultra-Refreshing Summer Cocktails (Shaken, Stirred, Frozen)

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    Hello Summer Cocktail

    Hello Summer Cocktail

    Food52 - Chase the Flavors

    Author Notes The weeks surrounding the 4th of July feel to me like the pinnacle of summer, days well spent with friends and restful moments lounging poolside or in a hammock with a book, always with something...

    Aperol Spritz

    Aperol Spritz

    Food52 - Marian Bull

    Author Notes I like this in a very large wine glass, with lots of ice, on a hot day. Soda water is superfluous here. Wear sunscreen. —Marian Bull Watch This Recipe Aperol Spritz Prep time 1 minute • Serves...

    The Desert Bird Cocktail

    The Desert Bird Cocktail

    Food52 - Nikkitha Bakshani

    Author Notes This recipe is from the Esquire Tavern in San Antonio, home of Texas's longest bar counter (it's over 100-feet long!), with some tweaks. Bacanora, an agave-based liquor, tastes like a milder...

    Basil-Vodka Gimlet

    Basil-Vodka Gimlet

    Food52 - Oui, Chef

    Author Notes I am for the most part a wine and beer guy, but every now and again I reach for something a bit stiffer. In the cold months that would be a bourbon, and in the summer, this drink. I first...

    Strawberry Rosé Spritzer

    Strawberry Rosé Spritzer

    Food52 - Merrill Stubbs

    Author Notes I've traditionally been a purist when it comes to pink wine, but it occurred to me recently that if someone wanted to enjoy the illusion of drinking more rosé without actually getting tipsy,...

    Mint Julep

    Mint Julep

    Food52 - Erik Lombardo

    Author Notes The classic mint julep recipe is probably most closely associated with the Kentucky Derby—the iconic annual horse race held the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs—but it makes a great...

    Pimm's Cup

    Pimm's Cup

    Food52 - Kenzi Wilbur

    Author Notes If you’re looking for something a little more wide awake, add two squeezes of lemon. If you lean sweeter, toss your berries in a slick of honey before you muddle them. If it’s booze you’re...

    Cold Brew Negroni

    Cold Brew Negroni

    Food52

    Author Notes "Coffee really lends something to this cocktail. Many versions replace an ingredient with coffee, but I think that knocks the drink out of kilter. An equal measure of cold brew adds another...

    El Presidente

    El Presidente

    Food52 - Erika Kotite

    Author Notes This Cuban cocktail has roots in Prohibition (when Cuba was the nearest place Americans could get a drink). Lots of interesting flavor layers, sweet but interesting. Use the best-quality you...

    Blackberry Caipirinha

    Blackberry Caipirinha

    Food52 - MissGinsu

    Author Notes The blackberries make it autumnal, but feel free to go with any berry you run into at the market. Keep in mind, this is a drink that requires a good, fierce muddling. If you want to do it...

    Bowery Punch

    Bowery Punch

    Food52

    Author Notes Anyone who’s ever thrown a holiday party can attest that they create a very delicate ecosystem of drinkers. Guests inevitably divide into two very distinct cocktail camps. The first is the...

    “Adult” Shirley Temple Pitcher Cocktail

    “Adult” Shirley Temple Pitcher Cocktail

    Food52

    Author Notes There’s a reason Shirley Temples are such a hit—the vibrant color, the vivid cherry flavor—but they can be awfully sweet. This grown up version is far more balanced and less cloying, keeping...

    Southern Belle Punch

    Southern Belle Punch

    Food52 - fiveandspice

    Author Notes Based off of a raspberry-ginger-bourbon drink I had once, this punch balances summer fruitiness with the heft and moodiness of bourbon and Campari. Because I like my punch to be carefree thoughtful....

    Frosé

    Frosé

    Food52 - Dani Valent

    Author Notes Ah, frosé! It's pink, it's slushy, it's wine, and it's fruit. It's frozen rosé, aka fro-zay, baby! This is the drink of the summer, and it's so easy to make in your Thermomix. (And if you're...

    Frozen Banana Daiquiri

    Frozen Banana Daiquiri

    Food52 - Erik Lombardo

    Author Notes Here's how to make a frozen banana daiquiri you'll actually be proud to serve. Make sure to blend up extra. —Erik Lombardo Makes 1 large pour 2 ounces rum (white is classic but any good rum...

    Honeyed Peach Melba Bellinis

    Honeyed Peach Melba Bellinis

    Food52 - Sandy Smith

    Author Notes I created this version of the classic Bellini cocktail to serve at a dinner party celebrating my parents' 40th anniversary. My dad's a chef, so I really wanted every element of the meal to...

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