10 Best Lazy Summer Poolside Cocktails

These are just what you'll want to sip while you're partying (or relaxing) by the pool

10 Best Lazy Summer Poolside Cocktails

It doesn’t matter if the summer is just beginning or if it’s coming to an end — a poolside cocktail will make your days off that much better no matter where you are. Even if you’re usually drawn to the classic mojito or margarita, we believe that there are too many cocktail recipes available not to expand your horizons and try something new.

With that in mind, we compiled a list of what we believe to be the perfect cocktails for those lazy summer days by the pool.

Grab your tanning oil, stock up your mini bar, and get on island time; here’s our list of the 10 best poolside cocktails for summer.

Looking to get away? These cocktails are also great to help you achieve a tropical state of mind.


Whiskey is wonderful, and vodka is fine, but sometimes it’s best not to drink the hard stuff during swimsuit season. This low-proof cocktail from Thirstie is sure to refresh you and keep your summer body in check.

Click here for the Americano cocktail recipe.

Aperol Spritz

Prosecco is easily one of the most refreshing drinks out there. We believe that it also qualifies as a great contender for a poolside cocktail ingredient because it’s light, classy, and smooth.

Click here for the Aperol Spritz cocktail recipe.

Campari Orange

One of the best ways to achieve the perfect summer day is to get a little tipsy before the sun goes down. To satisfy your summertime cocktail craving, use a liqueur as the base of your cocktail. This Campari cocktail is a great contender, and with its citrusy taste, you’ll be swaying in a summer paradise in no time.

Click here for the Campari Orange cocktail recipe.

Dubonnet and Champagne

Have a brunch planned that calls for something not served in a rocks glass? Want a fresh, flavorful alternative to the classic mimosa? Looking for something a bit more elegant in its look and flavor profile? This Thirstie drink is your answer. Simple, sophisticated, and delicious.

Click here for the Dubonnet and Champagne cocktail recipe.


This Thirstie drink is delicious any time of day, and it’s light enough for seconds. It's perhaps best suited to an after-dinner situation, as herbal liqueur Fernet-Branca is said to aid in digestion and settle an upset stomach. It’s a simple, easy-drinking cocktail that looks as dark and manly as anything in the bar.

Click here for the Fernandito cocktail recipe.

Hornitos LeMANade

Have you ever thought about giving your average glass of lemonade a serious upgrade? A little Hornitos tequila mixed with your favorite lemonade is sure to do the trick.

Click here for the Hornitos LeMANade cocktail recipe. 

Le Fizz

Everything looks classier when it’s served in a flute, but the classiest cocktails can be pricey. This Grey Goose cocktail is easy to make at home, and by enjoying it in a flute glass, you get the best of both worlds.

Click here for the Le Fizz cocktail recipe.

Lillet Spritz

Lemon slice and everything nice — that’s our motto with this poolside cocktail. With a few ounces of prosecco, a splash of seltzer, and lemon and mint garnishes, this cocktail is sure to keep you sipping.

Click here for the Lillet Spritz cocktail recipe.



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We suggest that you invest in only the best gin for this cocktail. Sure, any gin will get the job done, but if you want this Campari-based cocktail to taste wonderful, a quality gin is key.

Click here for the Negroni cocktail recipe.

Summer Tea

It’s time to take your poolside iced tea to the next level, and luckily, it’s pretty easy to do. All you need is a little Grey Goose L’Orange, iced tea, syrup, and a sunny day.

Click here for the Summer Tea cocktail recipe.