Ahhh summer, the official sponsor of outdoor drinking. If you’re like us, a hot day calls for a very specific refreshment, and we’re not talking about ice water. Here are some of our go-tos: 


It wouldn’t be a summer drink roundup if it wasn’t headlined by tequila. The marg remains a mainstay for summer get togethers, in both on-the-rocks and slushy form. Here’s how to make the former.


Cuba Libre

Think: a rum and coke, but better. Whether you’re celebrating freedom from the Spanish Empire, or relaxing on a patio somewhere farther north, Havana’s signature drink is sure to be a hit. It’s easy to make, too:

  • Fill a glass with ice
  • Add one part rum and two parts cola
  • Mix 
  • Add a few lime wedges and start sipping!


Tinto de Verano

You know a drink is perfect for the summer when it has it in the name. ‘Summer Red’ is a favorite in Spain and provides a refreshing way to enjoy the flavors of a red wine in the summer heat. Here’s how it’s done:


  • Fill a glass with ice
  • Add one part red wine and two parts citrus soda
  • Add a splash of vermouth
  • Mix
  • Top with a citrus wheel and enjoy!


Hugo Spritz

If you’re vacationing in Northern Italy this summer, or just wish you were, this is the perfect drink for you. It requires a few extra ingredients but will all be worth it when you take that first sip.


  • Fill a glass with ice
  • Add a handful of mint leaves
  • Add two parts elderflower liqueur and four parts sparkling water
  • Fill the rest of the glass with prosecco 
  • Mix and enjoy! 

Beer with a Lime

No time for a cocktail? Luckily one of our favorite summer drinks also happens to be the easiest. Whether it’s a draft at the bar, a bottle in the backyard, or a can at the beach, grab yourself a cerveza and a lime wedge for a refreshing summer sipper. 


Have a summer favorite that we missed? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll be sure to try it out!