The 10 Best Summer Cocktails (That Happen to Be Healthy-ish)
Blueberry Ginger Margaritas
A DIY ginger agave syrup provides the just-right amount of zip in this remarkably light twist on one of summer's best cocktails: margaritas. Muddled blueberries, fresh lime and mint, plus a splash of orange liqueur and tequila (BTW, did you hear tequila is good for your bones?)...the only thing that's missing is a side of street tacos.
Get the recipe: Blueberry Ginger Margaritas
Grapefruit Mint Vodka Spritz
Unlike most spritz drinks, this beverage gets its bubbly side from calorie-free club soda. That makes it one of the best summer cocktails if you're counting calories or are craving a second round later in the day. Vodka, fresh mint, and a drizzle of honey round out the cool cocktail ingredient list.
Get the recipe: Grapefruit Mint Vodka Spritz
Vanilla and Fresh Cherry Bourbon Cocktail
Brown liquor can be fitting and fresh in a summer cocktail. One sip of this cherry cream soda-flavored mixed drink will convince you that this is a fact! A half cup of fresh cherries, a few drops of vanilla extract, and a shot of bourbon are brought together into one of the best summer cocktails with a few ice cubes and a splash of club soda.
Get the recipe: Vanilla and Fresh Cherry Bourbon Cocktail
Frozen Watermelon Daiquiri
Take a break from frosé recipes and blend up this four-ingredient, low-calorie summer cocktail for your next patio party. Instead of shaking or stirring, simply combine the frozen watermelon, rum, lime juice, and sugar in a blender and give it whirl. And don't feel like you need to finish every ounce of these daiquiris. Since leftovers last well in the freezer (just store in an airtight container) you can extend the sweet, spirited fun to another day.
Get the recipe: Frozen Watermelon Daiquiri
Strawberry Shrub Cocktail
Shrubs, a flavorful concoction of fruit, sugar, and something acidic (often vinegar), are all the rage in upscale cocktail bars. They add instant complexity to any drink and are surprisingly simple to make—and put to good use! Spike this shrub with gin, top with ice, club soda, and mint, and voila: a totally Insta-worthy summer cocktail. (If you prefer craft brews to cabernet or cocktails, consider these low-cal beers.)
Get the recipe: Strawberry Shrub Cocktail
Cilantro Cucumber Margaritas
Think of this emerald beauty as green smoothie with a kick. Cucumber, cilantro, and lime are blended (translation: this is one of the top summer cocktails if you're seeking more fiber) with tequila and triple sec for a just-sweet-enough south of the border sip.
Get the recipe: Cilantro-Cucumber Margaritas
Strawberry Lime Popsicle Spritzer Cocktail
You've likely seen snaps of ice pop-infused cocktails from a fancy rooftop bar. But you don't need to drop $20 per drink thanks to this ridiculously easy summer cocktail that's sure to impress at your next al fresco party. It calls only for a strawberry ice pop, fresh berries, lime sparkling water, and your liquor of choice. (Related: Costco Has 100-Calorie Vodka Ice Pops and We're Ready to Buy in Bulk)
Get the recipe: Strawberry Lime Popsicle Spritzer Cocktail
Melon Ball Mojitos
Have a ball by dressing up your rum and seltzer summer cocktail with fresh melon balls. Not only do they look showy, but they also add a pleasant hint of sweetness to this low-calorie cocktail. Garnish with fresh basil and mint and raise a glass to incorporating an extra serving of fruit into your meal plan.
Get the recipe: Melon Ball Mojitos
Berry Mint Vodka Slushie
Frozen berries, lime juice, vodka, and ice team up to give this summer cocktail its lusciously icy texture, while mint freshens things up. While you can rinse and freeze fresh berries to use here, don't just reserve this recipe for your "best summer cocktail" file. Freeze some extra berries now for later—or stock up on some at the store—to enjoy a taste of summer any day of the year. (Following the keto diet? Yes, you can imbibe! Here are the summer cocktails that fit the low-carb plan.)
Get the recipe: Berry-Mint Vodka Slushie
Pina Colada Mule
If you like pina coladas (and getting caught in the rain) then this healthy summer cocktail is designed for you. With pineapple juice, ginger beer, coconut rum, and lime, it's like a mash-up of the tropical drink and a classic Moscow mule. For a mocktail version, simply swap coconut water in for the rum. (Related: People Are Making Summer Cocktails Out of Trash—and They're Delicious!)
Get the recipe: Pina Colada Mule