45 Summer Cocktails You Should Try Before Labor Day

If you've never enjoyed a Tom Collins on a sunny back patio, you haven't lived.

Johnny Miller

Whether guests prefer gin or rum, these simple, time-tested cocktails are guaranteed to please.

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What's Gaby Cooking
Rosé Sangria

This party punch mixes up #millennialpink but tastes way better than a fad. Combining rosé with Sauvignon Blanc and brandy gets the good times rolling.

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Ethan Calabrese
Sweet Tea Sangria

This Southern-inspired sangria is perfect for porch sipping.

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David Tsay
Arugula Sneeky

Arugula cocktail >>> arugula salad.

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Mimosa Floats

The most colorful way to drink Champagne!

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Wilde Orchard
Just Peachy Champagne Spritzer

The world seems A-OK with a fruity, fizzy concoction in hand. What to-do list?

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Pink Señoritas

Meet margarita's sassy sister.

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The Cookie Rookie
Grapefruit Salty Dog

This one's so easy, you'll be shaking 'em up until Labor Day. Just combine vodka with grapefruit juice and salt the rim.

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Rustic White
Georgia Peach Moscow Mule

It's probably those signature copper mugs, but gingery Moscow Mules always cool down hot summer days.

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Spiked Ice Coffee

Freeze layers of coffee, half-and-half, and chocolate milk in an ice mold. Then pour chilled java and a splash of Kahlúa or Baileys on top of the mocha cubes.

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Tom Collins

Is it even summer without a classic Tom Collins?

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Flourishing Foodie
Margarita

You know what you need: Lime, tequila, triple sec (or Cointreau), salt.

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Daiquiri

The easiest recipe is two parts white rum to one part each lime juice and sugar syrup, shaken with ice and poured into a martini or cocktail glass. The adds grapefruit juice and maraschino liqueur.

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Creative Culinary
Gimlet

This potent cocktail is perfect for people who want a quenching drink that isn't too sweet.

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Bloody Mary

The ultimate brunch cocktail.

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Chef Savvy
Mojito

It's like a mint julep, but made with rum instead of bourbon!

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Ethan Calabrese
Blackberry Mojito

Sweeten a tart mojito with muddled blackberries and you'll have a pretty pink drink.

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Emily Kate Roemer
East Bayside Cocktail

Just like a gimlet, this cocktail brings gin and lime juice together, only with the infused flavor of fresh blueberries.

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Staci Valentine
Ginger-Peach Soda

Make this as a mocktail with Juicy peaches, fresh ginger and soda, or add a splash of rum to kick this refresher up a notch.

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Tara Donne
Honeyed Cherry Daiquiri

Cherry-lime is a classic combo, but a dose of honey takes this tart daiquiri into sweet territory.

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Ethan Calabrese
Hurricane

Stir up your own personal vacation with a tropical treat that combines passionfruit juice with light and dark rum.

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Grant Cornett
Jalapeño-Spiked Bourbon Julep

Before or after the Kentucky Derby, try this spicy take on the Bluegrass State's signature cocktail.

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Quentin Bacon
Peach Melba Mimosas

Mix up brunch with a bubbly & fruity cocktail you'll want to sip all afternoon.

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Romulo Yanes
Pineapple-Tequila Cooler

Imagine a margarita, only with an entire mashed pineapple and a healthy kick of jalapeño.

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Ethan Calabrese
Strawberry Daiquiri

If you're going the slushie route, mix both frozen and fresh berries for a cold yet flavorful crowd-pleaser.

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Romulo Yanes
Raspberry Gin Rickey

A classic Gin Rickey requires just gin, lime and soda, but this rendition gets a special mix of sugar and fresh summer raspberries.

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Rosemary-Infused Honey Sidecars

Swap honey for the traditional orange liqueur to update the classic Cognac cocktail. Slightly bitter rosemary ice cubes will balance out the sweetness of the sugared rims.

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Emily Kate Roemer
Tomato, Tomato

You'll need a little overnight prep for this Bloody Mary — the vodka is infused with black peppercorns for a lighter take on the usual hot sauce.

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Johnny Miller
The Humble Magnificent Cocktail

It may be humble but this cocktail is definitely not average. Stock your liquor cabinet with speciality liquors like applejack and Pimm's to try out this cinnamon-apple treat.

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Andrew Purcell
Spicy Beet Bloody Marys

Here's the best way to sneak in extra veggies: Roasted beets add a distinctive rustic quality to a classic Bloody Mary.

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Jonny Valiant
Greek White Sangria

Greek brandy and apricot nectar makes this sangria even better than the classic.

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