10 Best Drinks for Summer Parties Slideshow


1. Coconut Cooler

A cocktail that is both refreshing and delicious but also rehydrating? That’s cool indeed.


Pairs well with Coconut Curry Scallops

2. Idillic Cocktail

Tangerine and serrano-infused vodka forms the base of this cocktail that is garnished with fresh dill, picked straight out of the garden.


Pairs well with Roasted Beet Bruschetta.

3. Black and Stormy

Maryse Chevriere

The Dark and Stormy is a classic summer drink; this recipe takes a fresh approach by adding fresh blackberries to the ginger beer and rum mixture.


Pairs well with bite-sized flautas.

4. Martha Washington’s Rum Punch

Because summer wouldn’t be complete without a fruity, rum-filled drink that goes down all too easy (and can be easily made to serve a crowd).


Pairs well with chips and Capitol Crack Dip.

5. Spicy Basil Cocktail

Maryse Chevriere

Sweet elderflower and ginger liqueurs offset the kick of Sriracha in this surprisingly delicious Champagne cocktail.


Pairs well with Baked Brie Crostini

6. Red Spring Sangria

Fruity and refreshing, this classic summer beverage is great all season long.


Pairs well with shrimp and mango-filled wonton cups.

7. Champagne Margarita

When you've been lounging by the pool, or have just returned from a long hike, nothing is more refreshing than a cold margarita. Rick Bayless makes his margarita a bit effervescent by adding in some bubbly for an upscale cocktail. (We've served this as a party aperitif.)


Pairs well with chips and Chunky Guacamole.

8. Lei Maker

This brandy-based cocktail will get you in a beach bum state of mind in no time.


Serve with a chicken satay and peanut sauce

9. BLACK Cup Cocktail

A riff on the classic British Pimm’s Cup, this refreshing drink is easy to make for a crowd (and even easier to drink).


Pairs well with Eggplant and Charred Pepper Bruschetta.

10. Hurricane


An updated version of the 1940s tiki bar classic that is best served in a hurricane lamp-shaped glass


Pairs well with with sliders (preferably served poolside).