12 Summer Cocktails

Ugly Duckling Bakery

Ugly Duckling Bakery

Check out 12 delicious summer cocktails. Whether at a barbecue, beach, or the pool, these refreshing summer cocktails are sure to quench your thirst.

Gin and Tonic

Gin and tonics scream “summer!”, and this blueberry G+T yells it just a little bit louder.

Tom Collins

The Tom Collins is a classic cocktail made with gin, lemon juice, simple syrup or sugar, and soda water. It's a thirst-quenching boozy lemonade.

Spicy Margarita

This spicy margarita recipe is made with jalapeño simple syrup and chipotle in the rim. Add heat when the temperature goes up!


Like spicy cocktails? Make a jalapeño raspberry Bramble for a spicy twist on a classic gin cocktail.

Negroni Spritz

The Negroni spritz subs out gin for a Negroni variation with Campari, sweet vermouth, Prosecco and soda water or seltzer. It's the epitome of a sipping cocktail.

Aperol Negroni

This Aperol Negroni keeps the gin but subs Aperol for Campari. It’s a another Negroni variation that’s less bitter and lighter than the classic, and still so delicious.

Aperol Sour

These Aperol sours follow a classic formula. Use Aperol, lemon juice, and simple syrup for light and refreshing. Or add gin and egg white for a rich, smooth drink.

The Vodka Sour

This blackberry vodka sour is a well-balanced cocktail with bright flavors of lemon and blackberry. The smooth mouthfeel of the egg white makes the sipping even easier.

Sour Variations

Empress Gin, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup create a showstopping purple gimlet.

Strawberry Gimlet

Or make a strawberry simple syrup that you can use in a strawberry gimlet or a strawberry limeade mocktail for the kids!

If you love floral flavors, try the Lady Bridgerton, an Empress gin cocktail made with lavender simple syrup, Earl Grey tea, and lemon juice.

French 75

If your summer evening calls for celebration, go for a French 75, a classic gin cocktail made with lemon juice, simple syrup, and bubbly.