Cool Cocktails

Our favorite summer drinks

Hot, sweaty days can be tough, but when you've got an icy cocktail in hand, summer's a breeze. From frozen drinks to spritzers, sweet punches to tart Margaritas, we've chosen our favorite ways to cool off with a kick.

Summer Coolers

Earl Grey Rum Punch

Fizzy Sour Cherry Lemonade

Fresh Lime Margarita

Frozen Melon Colada

Lemon Shandy

Mai Tai

Mojito with Basil

Passion Fruit Mimosas

Peach and Mango Daiquiri

Pink Gin Spritzer

Strawberry White Wine Cooler

Vodka and Watermelon Cooler

White Wine and Peach Sangria

Entertaining Tip

Throwing a party? Having a "house drink" makes it quick and easy to slake guests' thirsts. Choose from the list at right-you can pick anything except a blended frozen drink. Mix up a batch in a pitcher or-for a crowd-a two-gallon cooler with a spigot. Omit the ice and any bubbly ingredients such as beer or Champagne, then tape a sign to the front with a description of the drink and instructions for mixing, such as "Add ice and club soda."

Versatile Vino

When making sangria, go for a moderately priced wine. A truly fantastic bottle will be wasted, its nuances covered up by the other flavors in the drink. But we also don't recommend using an extremely cheap wine-if it doesn't taste good on its own adding fruit won't save it.