Summer Cocktail & Mocktail Recipes

Adam WilkinsonJun 4, '21

As soon as the sun makes an appearance, so should your favourite summer cocktails and coolers, because nothing beats a warm summers evening in the garden and an ice-cold refreshing drink, plus a good BBQ!

These are our favourite cocktails from the classic boozy mojito to a non-alcoholic cooler to help you channel the tropics and, enjoy with family and friends as the weather warms up. 


The Cuban classic – refreshing and delicious! Serves 6.

Mojito CocktailIngredients:

  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200ml water
  • 15 mint leaves
  • 3 limes, quartered
  • 50ml white rum
  • Ice and soda water


  1. Heat all the sugar in a saucepan, with 200ml water stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Then bring to the boil and cook for 1 minute to create a sugar syrup. Stir in 10 mint leaves and leave to cool. 
  2. When cool, put 3 tablespoons of the mint sugar syrup, a squeeze of lime, 2 lime quarters and 5 mint leaves into tall glasses. 
  3. Mash contents and mix in the rum, add plenty of ice and top with soda water.


Strawberry Daiquiri

This fruity favourite is a sure-fire crowd pleaser. Serves 2.

Strawberry Daiquiri CocktailIngredients:

  • 100ml light rum
  • 100g fresh strawberries
  • 110g frozen strawberries
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Few whole strawberries, for garnish
  • Sliced lime, for garnish
  • Ice (optional)


  1. Add the rum, fresh and frozen strawberries and the lime juice to a blender and blend until smooth. You can use a hand blender too.
  2. Blend in a few ice cubes if you wish
  3. Pour into glasses and garnish with lime slices.

Recipe from


Frozen Margarita

Frozen version of the classic margarita - with a twist. Serves 2.

Frozen MagaritaIngredients:

  • 2 limes and 50ml lime juice
  • Fine sea salt to decorate
  • 100ml tequila
  • 50ml Cointreau
  • 2 large handfuls of ice
  • 50ml sugar syrup


  1. Cut 2 round slices from a lime and set aside. Juice the remaining limes (50ml).
  2. Heat the sugar with 75ml water over a low heat for a few minutes until it becomes syrupy in consistency and leave to cool.
  3. Put a little sea salt on a small plate or bowl. Wipe the rims of 2 martini glasses with a little lime juice, then press into the sea salt to coat.
  4. Put the remaining ingredients and lime juice into a blender and whizz to a slushy consistency. 
  5. Divide between the frosted glasses and garnish each with a lime slice.

Recipe from BBC Good Food. 


Grilled Watermelon, Gin & Mint Cocktail

Cool down with this refreshing cocktail, perfect to sip on this summer. 

Watermelon Gin CocktailIngredients:

  • 1 watermelon (1kg)
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 125ml gin
  • 250ml tonic water
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Lemon slices to serve


  1. Cut 12 pieces of watermelon into cubes, roughly the size of an ice cube, place on a baking tray lined with baking paper and freeze overnight.
  2. The next day cut the remaining watermelon into wedges and grill on each side for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Once cool, blend the watermelon and sugar together until smooth. Sieve and discard the pulp.
  4. Divide the watermelon ice cubes, mint leaves and lemon slices into glasses.
  5. Add the gin, watermelon juice and top with tonic. Serve immediately.


Tropical Teaser

An easy non-alcoholic summer mocktail, using fruit squash! Serves around 4-6.

Non-Alcoholic Tropical Teaser MocktailIngredients:

  • 150ml non added sugar orange and mango squash (or, of your choice)
  • 1L ginger beer
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 6 teaspoons grenadine (optional)
  • Fresh mint


  1. Put the 150ml squash into a large jug.
  2. Add the ginger beer and zest and juice of 1 lime.
  3. Fill 4-6 tall glasses with ice, then add a mint sprig to each glass.
  4. Fill the glasses with the drink and drizzle in 1 teaspoon into each glass and serve immediately.

Recipe from Good Housekeeping 

For more recipe inspiration, take a look at our:

Tasty BBQ Recipes 

How To: Make Homemade Ice Cream Recipes.

Plus checkout our Hosting Summer Parties guide, where these cocktails are sure to be a hit. You could always make the cocktails ahead and take along on a picnic.

For picnic ideas, take a look at our Perfect Picnic Ideas & Essentials blog post, full of cost-effective ideas to take your party on the road.