Summer Cocktails You Need To Make This Year Gallery

Don't you get tired of drinking the same old cocktail over and over? Many of us fall into the same routine every night upon returning home from work, when we pretend to be a bartender and make ourselves that one drink we learned to appreciate years ago. We all have our favorite: a gin and tonic with lime, a bourbon old fashioned, an extra-dirty martini, and on and on. This habit is hard to break, as we associate the enjoyment of these libations with our long days winding down and time when we can kick our feet up and finally relax. But this year, we have rounded up our favorite summer cocktails to help you discover something new and exciting to sip on.

As the seasons change and the weather becomes warmer and warmer, your cocktail of choice should vary as well. You wouldn't want to wear a think wool sweater on a hot July day, so you probably don't want a hot toddy, either. Don't worry though, we have got you covered. From sparkling rosé sangria to the perfect mojito and even strawberry basil margaritas, make sure to try these summer cocktails you need to make this year.

Rosé Wine Spritzer

This quick and easy rosé spritzer tastes as great as it looks. Since you make a big batch of this in a pitcher, this cocktail is perfect for any type of summer gathering.

Click here to see this Rosé Wine Spritzer recipe.

The Perfect Mojito

Citrusy and herbaceous, this classic take on the mojito is both stress-free to make and delicious to drink. Fresh lime juice and mint, which is so abundant in the summer, are the key ingredients that set this cocktail apart from the others.

Click here to see this The Perfect Mojito recipe.

Strawberry Basil Margarita

Summer strawberries not only add a fruity dimension, but also a vibrant red color to this riff on a margarita. Combined with fresh basil, these warm-weather flavors pair incredibly together. Wow your friend by serving this cocktail at you next backyard barbecue.

Click here to see this Strawberry Basil Margarita recipe.

Honey Mint Julep

Looking for ways to use up all that mint you've been growing this summer? This old-school Sothern cocktail is incredibly refreshing on those extra-hot summer days. Using honey as a natural sweetener adds a floral hint and is the key ingredient that makes this drink so special.

Click here to see this Honey Mint Julep recipe.

C-3PO Caipirinha

Popular in Brazil, the caipirinha is a refreshing and light cocktail that's perfect to serve at your next alfresco party. Sugar cane, cachaça, and lime all come together to become this addicting drink.

Click here to see this C-3PO Caipirinha recipe.

Aperol Spritz

This cocktail will transport you to the beach. With its vivid orange color, refreshing taste and effervescence, the Aperol spritz is fun to drink and a breeze to make thanks to its simple 3-2-1 recipe.

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Paloma Cocktail

If you are a fan of grapefruit and tequila, then this cocktail is for you. Fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice is ideal when making this drink, but the store-bought stuff will work just fine as well.

Click here to see this Paloma Cocktail recipe.

Sparkling Rosé Sangria

No summer is complete without sangria. Whether you are throwing a pool party, outdoor cookout, or simply cooking dinner for a date night, this sparkling rosé sangria is sure to be a hit.

Click here to see this Sparkling Rosé Sangria recipe.

The Best Daiquiri

Rum, lime juice, simple syrup, and some ice is all you need to make this delicious classic version of the daiquiri. Do yourself a favor and use fresh-squeezed lime juice to take this cocktail the next level.

Click here to see this Best Daiquiri recipe.

Negroni ‘On Tap’

Gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth are combined in this old school cocktail to deliver a perfectly balanced drink. Watch out though: These pack a punch, as they consist of straight liquor. Whip up these Negronis at your next outing, but since they're strong, make sure to serve them with some of our 25 best party appetizers.

Click here to see this Negroni 'On Tap'recipe.

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