35 Top-Rated Cocktails
These cocktails received rave reviews for their refreshing and delicious taste.
This Cuban cocktail features a unique twist with the addition of a sweet seasonal favorite. “The fresh peaches added a nice light, refreshing flavor, especially good on a hot day,” explains Lisa. “The lime and the mint balanced out the sugar. I much prefer these mojitos to the traditional version.”
Skip the extensive ingredient list and go with a recipe that features only three. Try fallschurchcook's suggestion if you don’t have all the gadgets. “My blender isn't so good with ice, so I also tried this in an on-the-rocks version (added some cold water to the lemonade concentrate and rum and shook with ice cubes, then strained it into a glass with fresh ice cubes) and it was great that way as well--a nice combination of flavors.”
It’s hard to beat the relaxing Caribbean flavors of this fruity rum punch. “I made this punch for a Girls' Night party. It was a big hit,” raves Theresa. “I couldn’t refill the punch bowl fast enough!”
“This is so easy to make! All of my friends loved it,” claims Johnena. The nice thing about it is it uses the fresh fruit in season and is a light drink for summer.” Top with a mint sprig for a fragrant garnish and serve a big batch for a summer evening gathering.
A combination of sweet guava nectar, cool fruit juices, and rum create an island cocktail that’s as beautiful as it is delicious. Annjones389 says, “It tastes exactly like what you would expect to get on a tropical vacation. You can substitute passion fruit or another tropical juice if you can't find guava nectar, and it is just as good!”
The tartness of lime juice and the herbal freshness of verbena both make this cocktail taste light and refreshing. If the party's outside, pour these over ice to keep them cold, but for a more elegant look indoors, shake with ice in a cocktail shaker and strain into chilled martini glasses.
A traditional Pimm's Cup may include slices of lemon and orange, mint, and sometimes rosemary or thyme, along with cucumber spears. We steeped the lemonade overnight with cucumber slices to bring out their flavor.
Make a welcoming, Caribbean-inspired margarita with fragrant hibiscus blossoms. The slightly tart blossoms steep in a sugar-and-water mixture, resulting in a fresh and tangy drink. Serve over ice and garnish with lime.
A swivel-bladed vegetable peeler works well for removing the orange peel. Be sure to remove only the colored part of the peel–which contains the flavorful oils–and no more; the white pith is bitter.
Blend fresh blackberries with simple syrup, agave blanco tequila, Grand Marnier, and fresh lime juice for a delicious margarita that pairs perfectly with hot summer weather.
Leftover cranberry sauce helps concoct a lightly sweet homemade cranberry liqueur in this twist on a classic French cocktail. Allow four days to steep the liqueur. Garnish with cranberries, if you like.
Here's a fun twist on the classic summertime umbrella drink. Kiwifruit and melon liqueur give the cocktail a green hue and slightly tangy flavor. Although we used green kiwi, you can substitute the golden variety for a sweeter taste and golden color.
Sweet blueberries infuse spicy gin for summer's most refreshing cocktail sipper. For a fizzy cocktail, pour gin, cardamom syrup, and lemon juice over crushed ice in a glass; top with chilled club soda.
This drink is a twist on the classic Bellini, a post–World War II cocktail of white peach puree and Champagne, first mixed at Harry's Bar in Venice. Freezing the watermelon before pureeing lends the drink a slightly slushy consistency. If you prefer a smoother texture, simply chill the watermelon. Serve in Champagne flutes.
A sugared rim is a pretty touch—rub a cut lemon wedge on the rim of the glass, and roll in sugar. You don't need to purchase expensive Champagne for this cocktail; just be sure to use brut, the driest Champagne, or a dry cava or prosecco.
Is it a drink or dessert? Who cares? It satisfies both cravings. Our garnet-colored slush has all the qualities of a delicious cocktail–a not-too-sweet combination of high-quality liquor and fruity tang. Make sure to steer clear of above-80-proof bourbon; it won't freeze solid enough to become slushy. Garnish with any fresh herb.
This simple yet elegant aperitif is garnished with icy blackberries. Purchase fresh berries, and freeze them in a single layer on a baking sheet so they'll hold their shape.
You'll like our way of losing almost all the sat fat while keeping the delicious coconutty goodness. Freezing the pineapple adds a velvety texture and keeps the cocktail frozen longer. The riper the pineapple, the more concentrated the flavor will be.
Look for fresh orange juice in the refrigerated part of the produce department. Make-ahead tip: Combine all ingredients except club soda up to two days ahead; gently stir in club soda shortly before serving.