8 Cool Summer Cocktails with the Spirit of Your Choice

Hot weather calls for cold drinks!

Whether you're a wino, love your vodka, or would rather toast to season with a sparkling glass of champagne, we have the perfect summer drink for you — chosen exclusively from the top shelf of our summertime cocktail collection. So pick your poison, stock up on cocktail umbrellas, and get behind the bar. This summer, you're the bartender.

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Pineapple Chili Margarita

Pineapple chili margarita
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If you’re a tequila drinker, you already know summer is about one simple question: "Frozen or on the rocks?" That's right, it's the prime time for margaritas. Even if you usually prefer the classic drink, we suggest giving this pineapple chili margarita a try. It's peppery and spicy (thanks to a dash of hot sauce!), sweet and tart — a real kick in a glass for when you're kickin' back outside.

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Watermelon Cucumber Cooler

Watermelon Cucumber Cooler
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Gin drinkers, rejoice! The refreshing watermelon and cucumber muddle paired with floral and citrus gin is a match made in summer cocktail heaven. But the most essential ingredient in the watermelon cucumber cooler? A pinch of salt!

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Champagne Bowler

Champagne Bowler
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Strawberries. White wine. Sparkling wine. Yup, it sounds like we might just be sippin' on this 1930s-style champagne bowler all summer long. Keep the refills coming, please.

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Navy Grog

Navy Grog Cocktail
Shannon Graham

There are a few different ways to make a navy grog cocktail, which dates back to the 1700s. But if you love rum, we recommend this recipe that features three different kinds — plus lime juice, white grapefruit juice, honey syrup, club soda, and an orange slice or cherry on top!

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Beer, Bourbon & Barbecue Cocktail

Beer bourbon barbecue cocktail
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Yes, you read that correctly. Beer, bourbon, and barbecue sauce — all in one delicious drink. It's time to upgrade the standard brews you're serving up at the backyard cookouts. Fire up the grill, turn on the country tunes, and bask in the glory of a simple summer afternoon.

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Vodka Lemon Sorbet

Vodka lemon sorbet
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With this frozen dessert/drink, you can have your vodka and eat it too. It may take a bit of time and patience to whip up the sorbet, but once you spike it with your favorite premium vodka, you can grab a spoon, serve it up, and chill out. 

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Porky's Smash

Porky's smash whiskey cocktail
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The whiskey smash is often overlooked — even by whiskey drinkers! But you will not put down this twist featuring rye, lemon, and mint that's just as quick, easy, and refreshing as the original.

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Very Berry Sangria

Very berry sangria
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Choose your favorite bottle of red and your favorite berries (we recommend raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries!) because we're making sangria! This very berry, very easy, very tasty summer sangria is basically foolproof. Who wants to put the time into something complicated in the summer, anyway?