Summer is the perfect time for colorful cocktails, because there's nothing better than sitting outside with a group of your friends, sipping on something icy cold and delicious. Summer begs for bright colors and vivid tastes, so why not start experimenting with fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs? The great thing is that although these colorful cocktails do indeed contain liquor, you could easily remove the booze and turn them into tempting virgin treats that are ideal for both teetotalers and kids!
1. Raspberry Beer Cocktail
Lots of colorful cocktails include raspberries, as you'll see, because they are so vivid and vibrant. With Corona and raspberries, I don't think you can go wrong with this sweet summer drink!
2. Pink Grapefruit Mojito Mimosa
Two drinks in one, you can't beat that! You know the mint will keep you extra cool.
3. Hippie Juice
With a name like this, you can't go wrong. Things are about to get psychedelic, stalkers!
4. White Wine Sangria
Sangria makes an excellent summer cocktail anyway. The lightness of the white wine makes it perfect for day drinking, though!
5. Blackberry Mojito
The mojito is basically a summertime staple. Are you ready to try it with blackberries?
6. Watermelon Keg
In and of itself, this isn't a cocktail, per se. Still, who can resist the idea of a watermelon keg?
7. Blackberry Sage Cooler
Blackberries are so delicious, you can't go wrong with including them in your summer drinks. This cocktail is especially light and refreshing.
8. Blueberry French 75
You can't go wrong with blueberries either. Just set aside some extra, because the blueberry garnish is everything!
9. Summer Fruit Mojitos
Take all your favorite summer fruits and make them work for you. The best thing about this cocktail is that it hydrates as you drink!
10. Strawberry-Watermelon Sangria
You'll adore the mix of watermelon and strawberry. The melon keeps the hangover at bay as well.
11. Elderflower Champagne Cocktail
This makes such an elegant, somehow grownup drink. That is, until you taste the elderflower – it makes the cocktail, no question.
12. Berry Mojito
There just aren't enough bright blue cocktails, if you ask me. Can't you envision sipping this by the pool?
13. Indian Summer Cocktail
You don't have to wait and see if we have an Indian summer before sipping this. With mango puree, champagne, and scrumptious peach schnapps, you'll want to start drinking this now!
14. Citrus Margarita
This one has all the fun of a margarita with some serious citrus tang. You don't get more refreshing than this!
15. Grapefruit Soda Cocktail
With vodka, grapefruit, lemon juice, and diet lime soda, this won't pack on too many calories. So, why not have two?
16. Beach Bum
If you love Shirley Temples, you'll love this. It's all about the grenadine and maraschino cherries!
17. Sangria Bianca
Here's another take on sangria. The color alone is enough to make you want to chug this – but sipping would probably be better, because it packs a punch.
18. "Indian Summer" Bourbon Cocktail
Again, you definitely don't need to wait until Indian Summer. However, the bourbon makes it ideal for drinking during cooler summer nights, especially on the shore.
19. Watermelon Margarita
Ever had a margarita with watermelon? Ready to try it?
20. Moscato Minuet
Between the Grand Marnier and the Moscato, you'll want to go easy on this. However, one sip and you'll be hooked for life!
21. Ciroc Pomegranate Lemonade
You can't go wrong with lemonade when it's hot outside. Mix in some vodka and pomegranate, and you're going to be a very happy girl.
22. Gin Rickey
The Gin Rickey is a classic summer cocktail, with only three ingredients – sparkling water or tonic, gin, and lime. The color is all in the garnish, dahlings.
23. Garden Fresh Summerita
I've never heard of a summerita, but I want one. I mean, this cocktail includes tequila!
24. Low-Cal Mango Daiquiri
Ah, they had me at low-cal! Seriously, though, there's nothing better than a daiquiri – unless it also happens to have mango.
25. Summer Peach
I'm a sucker for anything with peach in it. This cocktail makes use of peach tea, so it calls out to my little Southern heart.
26. Pimm’s Cup
This one is simple but delicious. However, if you don't like Pimm's, you should probably pass.
27. Blackberry Bramble
Gin, blackberry liqueur, fresh berries … are you making this yet? Why not?
28. Peachy 'Pino
The name says it all, don't you think? Besides, peach!
29. The Molly Jane
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The name of this drink is just too cute! In addition to gin, lemon, and grapefruit, it also uses lavender, so it's both intoxicating and soothing!
30. Pear, Rosemary and Lemongrass Cocktail
This isn't a cocktail, it's a gourmet masterpiece. I want to make a dessert with those ingredients – to go with the drink, of course.
31. Cava Sangria
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This is a really epic take on sangria. Believe me when I say that the magic resides in the garnish.
32. Cucumber Refresher
The cucumber infused water at the spa will never be enough for you after this. It's refreshing and hydrating, so it's clearly the perfect cocktail.
33. Moonshine and Peaches
This will knock you on your rear end. It is not for the faint of heart, or the casual sipper.
34. Watermelon Caipirinha
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Consider that this uses watermelon puree, ginger slices, and tarragon, and you'll agree that it, too, is more a masterpiece than a mere drink.
35. Blue Margarita
Via Blue Margarita
Given the lack of blue drinks, here's another. It's a must-have for margarita enthusiasts.
36. Farmhouse Jam Cocktail
This cocktail is straight up rustic chic. It really is best served in a mason jar, just for the look of it.
37. Watermelon Martini
Usually a martini would be a little heavy for a summer day. When you use watermelon, however, it becomes absolutely magnificent.
38. Angry Orchard Cocktail
It must be said that this is also an excellent fall cocktail. Since it's also ideal for spring and winter, however, we can agree that it's a cocktail for all seasons.
39. Strawberry Mojito
We're not done with the mojito craze just yet. Seriously, though, aren't strawberries the perfect accessory for this festive drink?
40. Watermelon Mojito
Strawberries or watermelon, as a matter of fact. Mojitos are already refreshing, but the melon takes it up a notch – or twelve.
41. Watermelon Cucumber Cocktail
Let's just go out on a limb and say watermelon makes everything better. I never would have believed melon would taste so great with cucumber, especially in beverage form.
42. Watermelon Basil Bliss
We're not yet done with the watermelon phase either – it's just so colorful! With the addition of basil, well, now you're getting kind of culinary.
43. Watermelon Fizz
This is much like any other fizz – soda, simple syrup, tequila, lime, cilantro. It's just that the watermelon gives it such a sweet, juicy kick – yum!
You can't discount a more traditional mojito either, even though you can now try one with any number of different fruits. Classics are classic for a reason.
45. Kiwi Watermelon Lemonade
I don't necessarily recommend the big hulking wedge of garnish, but otherwise this drink is amazing. You should definitely try it if you usually combine kiwi with strawberries, because the watermelon really does it justice.
46. Kracked Mai Tai
This ain't your mama's mai tai, y'all! You just have to try it. Don't worry; I'll wait.
47. Lemon Tea Smash
I absolutely adore tea-based cocktails, and this one? This one is what summer's all about.
There are so many other colorful cocktails that are ideal for summertime sipping. Do you have a favorite recipe you'd like to share?