Garden parties, social occasions and summer evenings are somehow just that little bit better with a cooling cocktail in hand, aren’t they? From refreshing spritzers to punchy fruit cocktails, here’s our pick of the very best summer cocktails to make right now…

Plum & Thyme Prosecco Smash

Unexpected but delicious – this is also a really pretty cocktail to serve of a summer evening. Or if you’re having a special brunch, this makes a chic replacement for the traditional mimosa. Recipe via My Diary of Us.

Sangria Verde

Quite different to too-sweet traditional sangria, this take on the Spanish staple is a refreshing blend of lime, cucumber, mint, basil and melon – mixed with Vinho Verde. Recipe via The Bojon Gourmet.

Passionfruit & Elderflower Fizz

Scented elderflower pairs with passionfruit’s tropical vibe, and topped up with sparkling water and a twist of lime, this is actually pretty healthy too! Add in a shot of vodka if you’d like a boozy version. Recipe via Eat Love Eats.

The Love Potion Cocktail

Blackberries, thyme, prosecco – who would have thought something so simple could be so darned delicious. Not to mention eye-catching. Make a big jug of this – it’ll go quick! Recipe via Lark & Linen

Vodka Pear Lavender Lemonade

Lavender might not be to¬†everyone’s taste, but here it works beautifully with sweet pear and fresh, citric lemonade. It’s also easy to make without the vodka for the Designated Drivers too. Recipe via Sugar & Cloth.

Strawberry Thyme Lillet Spritzer

Strawberries. The pure flavour of summer no? Serve this sparkling spritzer with afternoon tea, or make a big punchbowl of it if you’re expecting company! Recipe via What’s Gaby Cooking?

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Ginger & Jasmine Rose Cocktail

And now for something quite, quite different. Oh come on, you’re thinking, ros√© mixed with fresh ginger and jasmine tea? Sounds wrong, tastes very right. Recipe via Sugar & Charm.

Rose Lemon Spritzer

Yes, this might be the most Instagrammable cocktail ever. But just LOOK how pretty! Luckily it’s also incredibly easy to make, so prepare to knock your guests’ socks off with this one. Recipe via Half Baked Harvest.


Black Cherry Bourbon Cola Smash

If you’re B O R E D of gin, how about a cocktail with a lil bourbon to spice things up? If you’re not keen on cola, you can substitute for ginger beer – or swap for a diet version for an almost saintly tipple… Recipe via Supergolden Bakes.

Chili Lime Mango Margaritas

Who’s making margaritas? Get the tequila on the go with these punchy mango margs, with a hint of lime and a hit of chili. Counts as one of our five-a-day, right? Recipe via Minimalist Baker.