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Easy Summer Cocktails You Can Whip Up in No Time

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Name a more iconic duo than summer and cocktails—we’ll wait. Nothing beats the heat like an icy refreshing libation when you’re sunning on the beach or sitting by the pool. But we can’t be bothered to fix up fancy syrups and prepare garnishes when there’s only so much valuable tanning time to be had. Unless you’re being served a fancy tiki cocktail by an expert bartender, the best summer drinks are the easiest to make. Here are a few refreshing-yet-lazy summer cocktails to keep you going until Labor Day.

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The Caipirinha is an under-the-radar summer cocktail that will bring the beaches of Rio de Janeiro to you in an instant. A simple combo of cachaça, sugar and lime, this Brazilian classic in an addictively refreshing drink that you’ll enjoy more with every sip.

The Essentials

Cachaça
Lime
sugar
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Don’t sleep on bourbon as a solid summer spirit. This Gin Rickey variation swaps sharp gin for sweet bourbon to create a honeyed, slightly nutty take on the spritzy classic. Try it for a welcome change from the overly sugary cocktails that typically dominate the summer bar scene.

The Essentials

bourbon
lime
club soda
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If Harvey Wallbanger had a wife, she’d definitely have a tiki twist. Our signature Hani Wallbanger is a creamy take on the classic, which swaps out vodka for gold rum and uses vanilla liqueur instead of Galliano for a creamier, sweeter complement to citrusy orange juice. A quarter ounce of savory allspice adds a Polynesian twist.

The Essentials

gold rum
vanilla liqueur
orange juice
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The Sherry Cobbler is a great way to experiment with an uncommonly used spirit in an easy-going manner. With very little trial and error, you’ll discover that sherry is actually a great complement to any fruit. Don’t have any oranges? Feel free to use lemons instead. Muddle some raspberries or strawberries while you’re at it—you really can’t go wrong.

The Essentials

Sherry
Orange Slices
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Going through summer without drinking a Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri would be a sin. But if you’re too lazy to plug in your blender, we’ve got you covered. Our Megu “Frozen” Daiquiri is a shaken variation of the blended staple that includes lemon juice and triple sec to give it a bit more punch than the traditional mix of rum and strawberries. And who really needs a blender when you can throw some ice in a sandwich bag and smash it against the ground a few times?

The Essentials

Strawberries
Triple Sec
white rum
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When rum isn’t flowing rampantly through beach coolers, tequila definitely is. But rather than fall into the mundane routine of frozen Margs, mix tequila with grapefruit soda and have yourself a Paloma instead. Cold, crisp and slightly earthy, the Paloma is the perfect cocktail to break you free of cheap Margarita mixes and spoiled limes from the corner store, a change your tastebuds will thank you for.

The Essentials

Tequila
Lime Juice
Grapefruit Soda
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Swap out herbal gin for light sparkling wine to transform the sharp Negroni into this deliciously refreshing summer spritz. Rather than play into Campari’s bite, sparkling wine works to tame the bitter aperitif with sweet, bubbly relief.

The Essentials

Campari
sweet vermouth
sparkling wine
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This Cosmopolitan-Margarita hybrid takes the best elements of both drinks and puts them together for one bright refresher. Use high-quality, fresh juices to make the tastiest version of the drink possible.

The Essentials

Tequila
lime juice
Cranberry Juice
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If you want to drink like an Italian this summer, this simple amaro-tail is how to do it well. Simply add Cynar to a glass of crushed ice and top with San Pellegrino Limonata for an easy, invigorating session sipper.

The Essentials

Cynar
crushed ice
Lemon Soda
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Ask any bartender, and you’ll learn that the Mojito is a horribly difficult drink to make. While muddling some mint in a glass and topping it with rum doesn’t seem too challenging at first, making a few rounds—say, enough to last an afternoon of day drinking—quickly turns torturous. But you can hack a frozen version with a Ziploc and some fresh ingredients. With only a few minutes of prep and a few hours of freezer time, baggies of frosty Mojitos will be ready to refresh you all day long.

The Essentials

white rum
lime juice
mint syrup
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This super easy ice cream float cocktail packs surprisingly complex flavor thanks to Jägermeister, which builds on root beer’s flavors of cola and earthy bark. Add a single drop of orange blossom water and a scoop of vanilla ice cream, then dig in as it melts for that perfect contrast of textures.

The Essentials

Jägermeister
root beer
vanilla ice cream
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Sweet cherry pie is a quintessential summer treat, but when was the last time you actually wanted to go through the effort to bake one yourself? With just four ingredients (and a garnish) this sweet whiskey cocktail recreates the pie’s flavor in a fraction of the prep time. Nutty, fruity and bright red, the cocktail will fulfill your need for delightful cherry pie without using up your whole day in the kitchen.

The Essentials

Amaretto
Bourbon
Cherry Heering

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