When summer arrives, refreshing and delicious cocktails are a perfect way to capture the spirit of the season. Vodka cocktails stand out as versatile, light, and incredibly enjoyable. In this post, we’ve rounded up 11 of the best Summer Vodka Cocktails that will quench your thirst and invigorate your taste buds.
Whether you’re hosting a summer party, lounging by the pool, or simply looking to cool down on a hot day, vodka-based drinks are an excellent choice.
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Best Summer Vodka Cocktails
Combine vodka, pineapple juice and a splash of cranberry juice for a taste of the tropics in a glass.
Garnish with a pineapple wedge and a cherry for an added touch of paradise.
A classic and simple choice, mix vodka with homemade lemonade made of freshly squeezed lemon juice and sweetened with granulated sugar.
Serve over ice and garnish with a lemon slice and a sprig of mint.
3. Moscow Mule
Fill a copper mug with ice, add vodka and lime juice, and top it off with ginger beer. Garnish with a lime wheel and a sprig of mint.
Blend fresh watermelon chunks with vodka and lime juice. Strain the mixture into a glass filled with ice and sour apple pucker garnish with a watermelon wedge or mint leaves.
Muddle cucumber slices, basil leaves, and lime juice in a Collins glass. Add vodka and crushed ice, then stir well. Garnish with cucumber slice and basil leaf.
In a shaker, muddle fresh strawberries, sugar and basil leaves. Add vodka, lemonade, and ice, then shake vigorously. Strain into a glass with ice and garnish with a strawberry slice and basil leaf.
Fill a glass with ice and pour in vodka. Add orange juice, leaving a small gap at the top. Slowly pour in grenadine syrup, and let it settle to create a gradient effect. Garnish with an orange slice.
In a glass, muddle strawberries, simple syrup, and lime juice. Add vodka and ice, then top with club soda. Stir gently and with lime, mint, or strawberry, if desired.
Muddle basil leaves, then add vodka, simple syrup and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Shake well, strain into a glass filled with ice, and top with club soda. Garnish with a sprig of fresh basil for an herbal twist.
10. Peach Fizz
Capture the essence of summer with this sparkling cocktail. Combine vodka, peach liqueur , lemon juice, and simple syrup. Strain the cocktail into a chilled highball glass. Serve over ice and top it with club soda garnish with a fresh peach slice for a delightful burst of flavor.
Transport yourself to a tropical getaway with this pineapple-infused cocktail. Mix vodka, pineapple juice, banana liqueur in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously with ice and strain into a glass. Garnish with a pineapple wedge.
How do I make a refreshing vodka cocktail for hot weather?
- Choose a fruity mixer such as citrus juices, tropical fruits, or berry blends.
- Add a splash of soda water or sparkling water to give it a light and effervescent touch.
- Garnish your drink with fresh herbs, citrus slices, or colorful fruit skewers to elevate the presentation and add extra flavor.
What are the best fruits to use in vodka cocktails during summer?
Some popular fruits for summer vodka cocktails include:
- citrus fruits like lemons, limes, and oranges
These fruits not only add vibrant flavors but also bring a refreshing and tropical essence to your drinks.
Are there any low-calorie vodka cocktail recipes for summer?
Yes, you can enjoy delicious low-calorie vodka cocktails during summer.
Try a Vodka Soda with a splash of your favorite fruit juice for a hint of flavor, or opt for a Vodka Mojito with fresh mint, lime juice, and a sugar-free sweetener.
These light and guilt-free options will keep you cool without compromising your waistline.
Can you suggest some vodka-based frozen or slushy cocktails for summer?
Absolutely! For a frozen treat, try the Mango-Pineapple Vodka Slushy or experiment with other combinations like Strawberry-Basil Vodka Smash or Blueberry-Lemon Vodka Granita.
What are some vodka cocktail garnishes for summer drinks?
Some popular garnishes for summer vodka cocktails include:
- citrus slices (lemon, lime, or orange)
- fresh berries (strawberries, raspberries)
- herbs (mint, basil)
- tropical fruit wedges (pineapple, mango)
Easy Pineapple Summer Vodka Cocktail Recipe
- 3 ounces vodka
- 3 ounces pineapple juice
- 1 ounce lime juice
- ice cubes
- pineapple wedges
- lime slices
- granulated sugar
- Refrigerate all ingredients before preparing so the cocktail is chilled.
- Add 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar to a flat dish. Run a slice of pineapple along the rim of the glass. Turn the glass over into the sugar and gently coat the rim. Set aside to dry while you prepare the cocktail mix.
- Fill a shaker with ice. Add vodka, pineapple juice, and lime juice, and close the cap firmly.
- Shake well to combine. Remove the cap, strain the mixture and pour it into the sugar-rimmed glasses.
- Garnish with a wedge of pineapple and lime slice. Serve and enjoy!