Create These Easy Classic Summer Cocktail Recipes at Home

Summer cocktail recipes at home are the best way to impress friends, family, and neighbors or enjoy yourself. While nothing beats stopping in for a cocktail at your favorite Annapolis restaurant, sometimes it’s nice to enjoy those same high-quality specialty cocktails in the comfort of your own home.

The good news is you don’t have to be a professional bartender or mixologist to treat yourself to a perfect at-home cocktail. So instead, try these easy summer cocktail recipes in your own backyard.

Watermelon Margarita

Nothing screams summertime like fresh, pink, juicy watermelon. So if you’re looking for a classic summer cocktail recipe that’s as fun as it is refreshing, this watermelon margarita is perfect for you.

This delicious margarita will lift you up and take you on a mental vacation away from the smothering heat — and all you need are a handful of ingredients! You’ll need:

  • ¾ cup of Tequila
  • Limes (for garnish)
  • 2 cups of watermelon cubes or chunks
  • ¼ cup of lime juice (for mix)
  • ½ cup of sugar

To make, simply blend the ingredients together. Sometimes it helps to puree the watermelon before you add the rest of the ingredients. Consider adding in some orange zest to take your cocktail to the next level.

Pina Colada

What’s more tropical, fun, and summery than a classic pina colada? Even better — pina coladas are incredibly easy to make. As a result, this is an all-time hit for easy summer cocktail recipes. All you need are a handful of ingredients and lots of rum. Check out the ingredients below:

  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 1 cup of pineapple juice
  • ½ cup of rum
  • 4 tablespoons of sugar
  • Ice

Simply blend all ingredients for a perfect pool-side drink. Then, sit back, relax, and sip on this delicious Pina Colada all day long.

Mint Julep

The Mint Julep certainly takes the cake in terms of easy, delicious cocktail recipes at home. And you know what’s even better? To nail the Mint Julep, you only need two or three ingredients, and before you know it, you’re sipping this crisp, refreshing drink.

Before you craft your Mint Julep, make sure you have these ingredients stocked in your home:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • ½ cup of mint leaves
  • 32 ounces of Kentucky Bourbon

The Kentucky Bourbon is really what makes this drink stand out. Why? You need a liquor that’s potent enough not to get drowned out by the big flavors imparted by the sugar and mint. However, if you don’t have Kentucky Bourbon handy, don’t fear! You can also use different types of bourbon or whiskey, such as Jack Daniels or Jim Beam.


This British classic is a perfect cocktail for when you host your next party. Refreshing, easy-to-make, and affordable, you can’t go wrong with a tall Pimm’s. Of course, you’ll need to get your hands on a bottle of Pimm’s. Once you do, you’ll only need two or three more ingredients:

  • 1 ½ ounces Pimm’s No. 1
  • 4 ½ ounces sparkling lemonade
  • Cucumber (for garnish)
  • Orange slices and strawberries (for garnish)

Feeling extra fancy? Add some champagne to make the drink into a Pimm’s Royal.

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