Refreshing summer cocktails are one of the best ways to relax and cool down during the warm months. Whether you’ll be enjoying a drink on your front porch at the end of a long workday or making several cocktails for a casual gathering with friends and family, the recipes below won’t disappoint.
Check out our top margarita and mojito recipes, as well as some delicious vodka cocktails and gin cocktails.
How to Make a Margarita
The margarita is a classic cocktail that requires just a handful of ingredients and is wonderfully simple to make. For a delicious twist on the classic margarita recipe, try our Spicy Matcha Margaritas and our three fun Wine-A-Rita’s below.
Best if You Like: Acapulco
Spicy Matcha Margaritas
- 1 tsp. White Tropical Tea
- 1 tsp. Matcha Singles (pack includes strawberry lemonade, pomegranate berry, and orange-vanilla – pick your favorite!)
- 3 Tbsp. Lime Frost Sea Salt (optional drink rimmer)
- 12 oz. filtered water
- 1 Tbsp. honey
- 4 oz. lime juice
- 8 oz. pineapple juice
- 8 oz. tequila
- 1 jalapeño, sliced
- 2 limes, sliced (optional garnish)
- 1 pineapple, sliced (optional garnish)
- Heat filtered water to 175°F.
- Steep White Tropical Tea for 2 minutes, then strain.
- Stir in honey until dissolved.
- Set aside for a couple of minutes and then refrigerate until cool.
- Add lime juice, pineapple juice, tequila, cooled tea and Matcha into a large cocktail shaker and shake vigorously.
- Rim four margarita glasses with Lime Frost Sea Salt, if using.
- Fill with ice and pour margaritas into each glass.
- Add 1-3 jalapeño slices (depending on desired level of heat).
- Garnish with lime and/or pineapple slices, if desired.
Wine-A-Ritas – 3 Ways
Make your own special Wine-A-Ritas using white wine or champagne and one of our three frozen drink mixes. Pour into a margarita glass rimmed with one of our delicious sugars and enjoy a unique and refreshing summer drink!
- Strawberry Mango Wine-A-Rita: Mix white wine or champagne and Strawberry Mango Frozen Drink Mix according to package instructions. Rim glass with Watermelon Sugar.
- Pomegranate Blueberry Wine-A-Rita: Mix white wine or champagne and Pomegranate Blueberry Frozen Drink Mix according to package instructions. Rim glass with Wild Blueberry Sugar.
- Peach Bellini Wine-A-Rita: Mix white wine or champagne and Peach Bellini Frozen Drink Mix according to package instructions. Rim glass with Peach Bellini Sugar.
How to Make Mojitos
Mojitos are simply elegant cocktails that can be enjoyed at any time of year but are especially refreshing in the summer. Make our Marrakesh Mint Mojito recipe the next time you’re craving a mojito.
Best if You Like: Daiquiri
- 7 Tbsp. Marrakesh Mint Tea
- 3 ½ Tbsp. Mango Habanero Sugar
- 1 bottle 750 ml white rum
- 4 Tbsp. agave nectar
- 64 oz. lemonade or limeade, prepared and sweetened
- 1 qt plain seltzer water
- 10-12 fresh mint sprigs
- Fresh lemon or lime wedges for garnish
- Mix Marrakesh Mint Tea leaves and rum in a large bowl at room temperature and let sit 20-30 mins.
- Taste liquid after 20 minutes, to determine flavor. Depending on your preference, liquid may sit up to 10 minutes longer for stronger mint tea flavor.
- Strain liquid through a fine-mesh strainer to remove tea leaves and sediment. Pour newly flavored rum back into original bottle and chill bottle in refrigerator for 1-2 hours.
- Place agave nectar in a small shallow dish.
- Pour Mango Habanero Sugar into a separate dish.
- Dip rim of glass in agave nectar, then dip and twist the rim into the sugar to coat.
- Carefully fill glasses with ice. Add 1-2 oz. chilled infused rum, followed by enough lemon or limeade to fill just below the sugared rim.
- Top with a splash of seltzer, a sprig of mint and a lemon or lime wedge to garnish.
How to Make Vodka Cocktails
Below are 4 refreshing vodka cocktails that are perfect for summer shindigs with family and friends. Try one or all four this summer!
Vodka Cocktail Recipes
This fruity summer drink combines fresh peaches with decaf mango tea and fresh lime juice for a truly fresh and flavorful cocktail.
Best if You Like: Melon Ball
- 2 Tbsp. Decaf Mango Tea
- 32 oz. filtered water
- 2 fresh peaches, peeled and sliced
- 6 oz. vodka
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- Peach slices (optional garnish)
- Heat filtered water to 175°F.
- Steep Decaf Mango Tea for 2 minutes and strain. Refrigerate until cold.
- Muddle peaches in a large shaker.
- Add vodka, brewed tea, and lime juice.
- Shake well and strain.
- Serve over ice.
- Garnish with a slice of peach, if desired.
Made with Mango Habanero Sugar and White Papaya Tea, this is a delicious tropical variation of the classic Long Island Iced Tea. Top with cream soda for a tropical twist.
Best if You Like: Long Island Iced Tea
- 3 ½ Tbsp. Mango Habanero Sugar
- 7 oz. White Papaya Tea
- 1 quart + 1/3 cup filtered water, divided
- Preferred amounts of vodka, gin, white rum, white tequila and triple sec (typically ½ oz. of each per drink)
- 6-8 oz. orange, pineapple or lemon juice (optional)
- 1-liter bottle Crème soda
- Combine Mango Habanero Sugar and 1/3 cup filtered water in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring often until sugar has dissolved, 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Allow the newly made simple syrup to cool to room temperature. Transfer to a sealable container and set aside.
- Brew White Papaya Tea in 1 quart of 180°F filtered water for 3 minutes. Strain tea leaves. Allow tea to cool to room temperature.
- Place in refrigerator to fully chill, 2-3 hours.
- Fill a large glass with ice, followed by vodka, gin, rum, tequila, triple sec, ½ cup (or to taste) chilled tea and a splash of simple syrup. If extra tropical flavor is desired, add 1 oz. of juice.
- Stir to combine. Top with a splash of Crème soda.
This Firecracker Cocktail recipe is perfect for celebrating the 4th of July and is our drink of choice for this patriotic holiday!
Best if You Like: Grapefruit Paloma
- 1/3 cup Firecracker Cinnamon Sugar
- 4 Cinnamon Sticks – Korintje
- 1/2 cup filtered water
- 4 oz. rum OR vodka
- 8 oz. grapefruit beer
- 1 oz. lime juice
- Grapefruit wedges, for garnishing
Make Simple Syrup:
- Add water and two cinnamon sticks to a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.
- Add Firecracker Cinnamon Sugar and stir with a whisk or immersion blender until dissolved, about one minute (the liquid should become clear enough to the see the bottom of the pot). Immediately remove from heat.
- Strain mixture through cheesecloth into a bowl, then use a funnel to pour into a sealable bottle or container.
- Allow syrup to sit and cool for at least 30 minutes.
Prepare the Cocktail:
- Add 2 oz. rum or vodka, 4 oz. grapefruit beer, 0.5 oz. lime juice and 0.5 oz. of pre-made Firecracker Syrup to a double old-fashioned glass.
- Gently add cracked or cubed ice and stir.
- Garnish with a grapefruit wedge and cinnamon stick.
- Repeat for a second glass.
*Note: Once cooled, the simple syrup may be refrigerated for several weeks.
This exotic White Tropical Twist Cocktail will make you feel as though you’re on an island in your own backyard.
Best if You Like: Pina Colada
- ¼ cup White Tropical Tea
- ¼ cup Coconut Sugar (optional drink rimmer)
- ¼ cup Lime Frost Sea Salt (optional drink rimmer)
- 16 oz. filtered water
- 4 oz. vodka
- 16 oz. pineapple juice
- Heat filtered water to 185°F.
- Steep White Tropical Tea for 4 minutes.
- Strain and set aside until cooled.
- Mix brewed tea, vodka, and pineapple juice.
- Rim four wine tumblers or hurricane glasses with Coconut Sugar mixed with Lime Frost Sea Salt.
- Add ice as desired and then fill with prepared drink.
How to Make Gin Cocktails
Gin is the star of the show in the two cocktail recipes below. If you love gin cocktails, you’re going to want to add these to your repertoire.
Gin Cocktail Recipes
This fruity tea-infused gin cocktail recipe will please your taste buds and is sure to provide the refreshment you want on a hot day.
Best if You Like: Gin-Gin Mule
- 4 Tbsp. Blood Orange Smoothie Herbal Tea
- 1.5 oz. Florida Sunshine Sugar
- 6 oz. gin
- Zest from one blood orange
- 1 lime wedge, plus juice from 4 lime wedges
- 1 cup of ice
- 8 oz. blood orange juice (about 4 oranges)
- 12 oz. ginger beer
- In a bowl, infuse Blood Orange Smoothie Herbal Tea with gin and let steep for 15 minutes.
- Strain alcohol into a small glass. Discard herbal tea.
- Combine Cardamom Sugar and zest from blood orange in a shallow dish.
- Run a lime wedge over the rim of four medium glasses, then dip each glass in the sugar mixture. Set aside.
- In a shaker, combine 1 cup of ice with 2 oz. blood orange juice, 1.5 oz. infused gin and the juice of one lime wedge. Shake vigorously.
- Pour into a prepared glass and repeat for the next three glasses.
- Top each glass with a desired amount of ginger beer (approx. 4 oz. per glass) and stir.
- Cut a slit halfway through a lime wedge and place one on the rim of each glass.
This is a fun twist on the old-fashioned Tom Collins. You’ll love this mint and basil-infused version of this classic cocktail.
Best if You Like: Tom Collins
- 4 Tbsp. Mint Basil Herbal Tea
- 1 cup sugar (white or cane preferred)
- 8 oz. gin
- 4 oz. fresh lemon juice
- 8-12 oz. soda water
- Lemon slices, for garnishing
Make Simple Syrup (best if prepared ahead):
- Steep 8 oz. water with Mint Basil Tea per package directions.
- Strain tea and set aside. Discard tea leaves.
- Add brewed tea and sugar to a medium saucepan. Bring ingredients to a boil, stirring occasionally.
- Once boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Strain and set aside to chill before use.
Prepare the Cocktail:
- Add 2 oz. gin, 1 oz. fresh lemon juice and 1.25 oz. of the Mint Basil Tea Syrup (made above) to a shaker and shake well.
- Strain ingredients into a tall Collins glass, then top with soda water.
- Garnish with a lemon slice and fresh flowers, if desired.
*Note: Once cooled, the remaining simple syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.