12 Easy Cocktails

What better way to beat the heat than with refreshing and delicious easy cocktails? These 12 summer cocktails recipes come together SO easily and with just a handful of pantry ingredients needed.

Summer is in full swing, folks. And I can’t think of a better way to beat the heat than kicking back and sipping some refreshing and delicious easy cocktails.

These 12 easy summer cocktails recipes are all totally thirst-quenching and a breeze to make, so they’re just the thing to serve up at those summertime barbecues, pool parties, and to pack along for picnics and lazy afternoons at the beach.

Yeap, I have gathered up all my favorite fruity cocktail recipes. From Southern Peach Bourbon Smash, Jalapeño Strawberry Margarita, and Jamaican Rum Punch to Lemon Drop Martini, Raspberry Vodka Lemonade and and Boozy Watermelon Margarita Popsicles, summertime has never been soooooo sweet!

Cocktail Ingredients

Stock your kitchen with these basic cocktail ingredients and you can whip up any one of these delectable at home cocktail recipes whenever the mood strikes.

  • Alcohols – rum, vodka, whiskey, bourbon, tequila.
  • Mixers – orange juice, lemon juice, pomegranate juice, tonic water, ginger ale.
  • Fruits – peaches, limes, lemons, oranges, pomegranate seeds, fresh berries.
  • Sweeteners – simple syrup, sugar cubes, honey.
  • Garnishes – fresh mint leaves, maraschino cherries, pearl onions, stuffed green olives.

Cocktail Tools Needed

Ready to learn how easy it is to whip up these truly sippable simple cocktails? Gather up your ingredients and let me show you how to make…..

12 Easy and Simple Cocktails You’ll Love

Peach Bourbon Smash

Peach Bourbon Smash is a refreshing Southern cocktail. 5 basic ingredients are all that’s needed to make this whiskey mixed drink recipe.

two peach bourbon smash cocktails next to a fresh peach

Bourbon Lemonade

This super easy Bourbon Lemonade Recipe is a quick, easy yet invigorating drink that’s made with just 2 simple ingredients!

top down view of two glasses of bourbon lemonade

Easy Lemon Drop Martini

This crowd-pleasing and refreshingly tart Lemon Drop Martini Cocktail recipe is an easy make-ahead drink that’s perfect for entertaining.

Jamaican Rum Punch

This Gorgeous Jamaican Rum Punch is a fun and flavorful summertime sipper. Combine 5 everyday ingredients and you’ll feel like you’re relaxing in the Caribbean.

Jalapeño Strawberry Margarita

Spice up your next BBQ, potluck, or take Taco Tuesdays to a whole new level with this awesomely unexpected Jalapeño Strawberry Margarita Recipe.

A glass of strawberry margarita with garnishes

Raspberry Vodka Lemonade

Refreshing Raspberry Vodka Lemonade is a delicious adults-only drink that is full of classic summer flavor. Whip up a batch and store in the fridge so you can indulge whenever the mood strikes.

a glass of raspberry vodka lemonade garnished with mint and raspberries

Pomegranate Martini

This sophisticated Pomegranate Martini recipe may look complicated, but comes together easily with just 4 simple ingredients! Perfect for those impromptu summer gatherings.

2 glasses of easy pomegranate martini on a plate

Salted Mango Margarita

Classic margarita combines with exotic island flavors to give you a truly unique cocktail. Whether you prefer it blended or on the rocks, you are going to love this Salted Mango Margarita recipe.

2 glasses mango margarita recipe on a table with flowers and lime

Guava Ginger Zinger Cocktail

Prepare your taste buds – this spicy and sweet Guava Ginger Zinger Cocktail is a refreshing, flavorful and uniquely delicious summer sipper that will keep you coming back for more.

Guava Vodka Cocktail Recipe @ Recipes From A Pantry

Tropical Ginger Beer Punch

This tropical ginger beer punch is bursting with all those summertime colors and flavors. Serve up a true taste of the tropics with this delicious drink that features pineapple juice, orange juice, and zesty ginger beer.

Tropical Ginger Beer cocktail Recipe | Recipes From A Pantry

Salted Watermelon Margarita Popsicles

Why should the kids have all the fun?! These Watermelon Margarita Popsicles are a refreshingly different way to enjoy your favorite cocktail and just the thing to get you through the dog days of summer.

watermelon margarita popsicles on a plate with flowers and lime

Instant Pot Orange Mulled Wine

You may not think of mulled wine as a summer sipper, but when those dreary summertime storms blow in, a big simmering pot of colorful and fruity mulled wine is the perfect way to kick back and savor a rainy day.

three glasses of orange mulled wine

Ninja Creami Strawberry Frosé

Use your favorite kitchen appliance to quickly and easily transform strawberries, sugar syrup, rosé, and ice into a refreshing, light fruity slushy, perfect for cooling off on hot days.

This ice cold strawberry frosé (frozen rosé) recipe is the perfect cooling drink for hot, hot summer days. Try it now. recipesfromapantry.com

Easy Cocktails Serving Suggestions

These tasty snacks are the perfect accompaniment for your summer sippers:

A word of caution: These sweet cocktails go down easily, so make sure to drink responsibly and be mindful of your consumption.

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  1. These cocktails look like a fabulous way to brighten up a summer spent at home. Not sure which one I’m going to try first, but I’m going to enjoy it and pretend I’m at the French riviera.

  2. This is absolutely delicious! I love that it’s such a crowd pleaser for the whole family

  3. I seriously need that Jamaican Rum Punch! This is a great roundup for our backyard weekend quarantine! Bonus, we don’t need a designated driver!

  4. I honestly couldn’t decide which to make first… until I saw the Margarita popsicles! What a perfect summertime treat! Making them this weekend! Thanks for the recipes!

  5. What a great list of cocktails! I hardly know which to try first! I’ll start from the top of the list and work down!