The Best Summer Cocktail Recipes

Let’s be honest, none of us really like getting caught in the rain - but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a pina colada every now and then. Plus, they taste so much better in the sun anyway!

Here at Funkin, we love a refreshing drink in the sun, which is why we’ve rounded up the very best summer cocktail recipes that you can make at home. Whether you’re hosting a BBQ or just catching some rays in your garden, there’s nothing better than a refreshing cocktail to keep you company.

Our list of the top fruity drinks for the summer season combines both the classic summer cocktails we all know and love, as well as unique recipes featuring a Funkin twist that you can whip up in an instant. No matter if you’re a mixologist at heart or a first time shaker, these easy summer cocktails are for you...

 

pina colada cocktail

1. Pina Colada

Nothing screams tropical quite like a pina colada. Blending creamy coconut with the freshness of pineapple (and a generous splash of rum), the Pina Colada is the quintessential holiday cocktail. So, it’s no surprise it tops our list for sunshine sipping! 

You can mix up your own in an instant with just a few simple ingredients. We recommend mixing in a blender for the ultimate summer chill, but it will work equally well in your cocktail shaker. 

 

What you’ll need:

  • 25ml Coconut Rum
  • 25ml White Rum
  • 75ml Pineapple Puree
  • 25ml Coconut Puree
  • 10ml Sugar Cane Syrup
  • 5ml Lime Juice

Pina Colada Recipe

 

mango lime punch cocktail

2. Mango and Lime Punch

Nothing says party like a bowl of punch! We’ve taken everyone’s favourite classic punch and given it a cocktail twist. With tropical inspired flavours of mango, lime, coconut and pineapple, this fruit explosion is a must have for BBQs and garden parties. 

This sweet and fruity number is as easy to make as it is to drink. Simply pop all of the ingredients into a boston shaker and shake shake shake for a taste of the caribbean at home. 

 

What you’ll need:

  • 50ml Coconut Rum
  • 25ml Mango Puree
  • 25ml Lime Juice
  • 15ml Sugar Cane Syrup
  • 50ml Pineapple Puree

Mango and Lime Punch Recipe

 

Peach bellini cocktail

3. Peach Bellini

Whether you’re celebrating something special or you’re just feeling a little fancy, nothing beats a peach bellini in the sun. We love the way adding a dash of peach to your favourite sparkling wine transforms the bubbles into a whole new magical experience. 

Bellini’s are a real must-have beginner cocktail. You won’t need any shakers, stirrers or equipment to whip up this tasty treat - simply add some sweet peach puree to your prosecco or champagne and voila! 

 

What you’ll need: 

  • 30ml Peach Puree
  • 100ml Prosecco/Champagne

Peach Bellini Recipe

sex on the beach cocktail

4. Sex on the Beach

If you're dreaming of the beach, nothing brings the scene to you better than a sex on the beach cocktail. Combining the sweetness of peach with the tartness of oranges and cranberries creates a zingy twist that's perfect for relaxing by the (paddling) pool.

A super easy cocktail to serve, simply mix together vodka, peach schnapps, orange juice and oleo saccharum in a large glass with ice and top with the cranberry juice. Done. Now to enjoy the sun!

 

What you’ll need: 

  • 50ml Vodka
  • 25ml Peach Schnapps
  • 50ml Orange Juice
  • 60ml Cranberry Juice
  • 10ml Oleo Saccharum

 

strawberry daiquiri cocktail

5. Strawberry Daiquiri

Strawberries are synonymous with summer, and you can’t have a list of the top summer cocktails without including the strawberry daiquiri! This iconic drink uses the caribbean inspired sugar flavour of rum mixed with a zesty citrus edge and subtly sweet strawberries.

The classic strawberry daiquiri is shaken up and strained into the glass, but if you need to cool down we recommend adding all of the ingredients into a blender with plenty of ice for a frozen cocktail. 

 

What you’ll need: 

  • 50ml White Rum
  • 25ml Lime Juice
  • 12.5ml Sugar Cane Syrup
  • 35ml Strawberry Puree

Strawberry Daiquiri Recipe

 

Mojito cocktail

6. Mojito

Ah, the mojito. Of course the mojito. This classic cocktail is great for days in the sun as well as evenings at the bar. Combining the fresh zingy taste of lime with as much mint as you like, everyone knows (and loves) the iconic taste of the mojito! 

Another easy one to make at home with zero ingredients, this cocktail can be assembled straight into the glass and topped with as much soda as you like. 

 

What you’ll need: 

  • 50ml Rum
  • 12.5ml Sugar Cane Syrup
  • 37.5ml Lime Juice
  • Mint leaves
  • Soda

Mojito Recipe

 

passion fruit martini cocktail

7. Pornstar Martini

Pure passion fruit indulgence...the pornstar martini is the UK’s number 1 most loved cocktail (for the second year running), and we can see why. This super sweet cocktail combines everything passion fruit accompanied by a chilled shot glass of prosecco...winner.

This two-part drink isn’t as tricky to make as it may seem. Simply mix up everything apart from the prosecco, which is poured into a shot glass. 

 

What you’ll need: 

  • 35ml Vanilla Vodka
  • 15ml Passion Fruit Liqueur
  • 50ml Passion Fruit Puree
  • 15ml Passion Fruit Syrup
  • Shot of Prosecco

Pornstar Martini Recipe

 

tequila sunrise cocktail

8. Tequila Sunrise

If there’s one drink that will remind you of sunnier climes it has to be the tequila sunrise. This unmixed cocktail looks like the perfect sunrise - although we wouldn’t recommend these for breakfast. 

This three ingredient cocktail is as simple as pouring yourself a glass of orange juice - just remember: pour grenadine goes on top and don’t stir!

 

What you’ll need: 

  • 50ml Tequila 
  • 100ml Fresh Orange Juice
  • 12.5ml Grenadine Syrup

Tequila Sunrise Recipe

zombie cocktail

9. Zombie

Named the zombie cocktail because of its high alcohol content, this fruity cocktail is packed full of delicious fruity flavours you'll barely know the liqueur is there - definitely one to practice responsible drinking with!

To mix, simply shake up all the ingredients apart from the overproof rum and pour into a tall (tiki if possible) glass, pouring the overproof rum over separately.

 

What you’ll need: 

  • 25ml Overproof Rum 
  • 25ml Golden Rum
  • 25ml Dark Rum
  • 25ml Pineapple Puree
  • 25ml Lemon Puree
  • 25ml Passionfruit Puree
  • 25ml Grenadine
  • 5ml Apricot Liqueur

Zombie Recipe

amaretto sour cocktail

10. Amaretto Sour

Almondy, sour and absolutely delicious. The amaretto sour is a classic cocktail featuring a rich, creamy texture and a beautiful foamy cap due to the addition of an egg white. 

It may feel daunting to add egg white to your cocktail, but it’s the best way to get that iconic creamy top. If you don’t feel like cracking an egg to make a cocktail, check out our sour mix which can be mixed with the amaretto liqueur for an instant cocktail. 

 

What you’ll need: 

  • 50ml Amaretto Liqueur
  • 50ml Lemon Juice
  • 50ml Lime Juice
  • 1 Egg White

Amaretto Sour Recipe

 

long island iced tea cocktail

11. Long Island Iced Tea

Don’t mix your drinks - unless it’s in a long island iced tea. This boozy cocktail combines vodka, gin, rum, tequila and triple sec in equal measures. Although that might sound like a lot of alcohol, the balance of liquor with fruit juices makes this a really easy to drink mix.

Yes, if you want to make this at home you will need all five spirits - but believe us, it’s worth it! If you’d like to make it even easier, you can mix your spirits with our margarita mix for an instant iced tea. 

 

What you’ll need: 

  • 10ml Vodka
  • 10ml Gin
  • 10ml Rum
  • 10ml Tequila
  • 10ml Triple Sec
  • 25ml Lime Juice
  • 50ml Orange Juice
  • Cola

Long Island Iced Tea Recipe

 

guava colada cocktail

12. Guava Colada

Ok, we know that pineapple (the pina in a pina colada) isn’t for everyone, which is why we’ve twisted up the classic colada with a hit of pink guava. Turn up the tropical this summer with this fruity treat. 

Mix it up just like a pina colada by throwing the ingredients into a blender with plenty of ice. Or, if you’re blender-less, simply shake in your cocktail shaker (again, with plenty of ice).

 

What you’ll need: 

  • 25ml Coconut Rum
  • 25ml White Rum
  • 75ml Pink Guava Puree
  • 25ml Coconut Cream
  • 10ml Sugar Cane Syrup
  • 5ml Lime Juice

Guava Colada Recipe

 

And there you have it, the very best cocktail recipes for you to try out this summer. All of our recipes can be made at home using your favourite spirits and fresh fruit, but if you’d like to make it simpler our range of fresh fruit cocktail purees and syrups make mixing your favourite drinks a piece of cake.

Don’t like a particular spirit? Swap it out for one you love! Mixing the perfect summer drinks should be fun, and the reward should be tasty - so please feel free to make each of these your own.

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