Best Summer Cocktails To Make Right Now

Drinks are getting fancy these days. The best summer cocktails come in cute little watermelon glasses, with a million ingredients that are often both hard to pronounce and easy to drink.

Here at Sapphire, we believe that the most refreshing summer drink is the one enjoyed by a pool. We have just the thing for every kind of drinker — so measure out these recipes to your heart’s content.

Refreshing Summer Cocktail Recipes, Ideas and More

summer cocktails enjoyed in the sunshine

Aperol Spritz

The aperol spritz is a classic drink made with prosecco, the famous apéritif, soda water and bitters. Often served in a wine glass, always served delicious.

Tom Collins

Made with gin, club soda, simple syrup and lemon juice, a Tom Collins is the grown-up cocktail that’s easy to order way too many of.

We celebrated National Gin Day with one of these delectable summer cocktails. Peep more events at Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club events happening year-round.

Classic Margarita

Ah, the margarita. A tequila dream with fresh lime juice, triple sec and (usually) a silver tequila that makes every party start, end and keep going. Make it a frozen margarita by blending ice into the mixture.

See also: the Tequila Sunrise. Don’t forget the salted rim.

Fresh and Easy Piña Coladas

Want a beach escape, but you live in the desert? A fruity cocktail made with pineapple juice, lime juice, coconut milk is the perfect antidote to 100+ degree weather.

Want it extra fruity? Add coconut rum for a boost of flavor.


Traditionally, mojitos are made with rum, lime juice, fresh mint and sugar. Strawberry-lemon mojitos and watermelon mojitos are an excellent twist, with fresh basil and just as fresh fruit for just the right amount of sweetness and complexity.

Mai Tai

Mojito as a summer cocktail

Known as the rum drink of the summer, any orange liqueur or orange juice will do to make a delicious mai tai. Use white rum or dark rum — or light rum, who cares, it’s your drink — alongside curaçao syrup, orgeat and fresh lime juice. It’s the perfect summer cocktail to take to the pool, beach, mountains or backyard.

Classic Daiquiri

Fun fact: the daiquiri is nearly 125 years old and was invented in Cuba. Summer drinks like daiquiris with white rum and lime juice are a refreshing twist for a hot summer’s day. For added flavor, make it a watermelon daiquiri or a strawberry daiquiri.

Long Island Iced Tea

Ready to make mistakes? As the gauntlet of summer cocktails, the classic long island iced tea has tequila, run, gin AND vodka, among many other ingredients. Is it a refreshing cocktail? It’s up to you.

Root Beer Float

Vanilla ice cream, root beer and a shot of something warm and delicious? Sign us up. Making a classic cocktail out of everyone’s favorite savory soda recipe. Put a splash of cream-based liqueur in it to make it boozy.

Moscow Mule

Moscow mule summer cocktails

An iced vodka drink with ginger beer and just a hint of fresh mint, Moscow mules are the perfect summer party drink that don’t have to be served in a copper mug to be delicious. Ginger ale will also work in a pinch.

Vodka Spritzer

You can make your own vodka spritzers — or you can crack open a can for instant mixology magic. SPDC regularly carries fun spritzer options like High Noon and Ketel One.


Sweet red wine makes the best sangria — and sweet white wine also does the trick. Pour a pitcher of sangria with fresh fruit to sip on all afternoon.

Enjoy Summer Cocktails and Delicious Drinks at Sapphire

Whether you’re in the mood for a tropical cocktail or a two-ingredient cocktail, we know how to mix up the best drinks from our club and poolside bars. Sapphire Pool & Dayclub is a mecca for margaritas, a sanctuary of shots, a dynasty of drinks and a heaven of hot hosts.

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