There’s nothing like sitting down with an ice-cold drink on a hot day. These 9 Easy Vodka Cocktails for Summer are guaranteed to keep you cool as you relax at the beach or on the porch!
What Vodka Brand is Best?
High-end labels might have subtle notes and hints of flavor that make them more expensive, but a lot of those nuances can get swallowed up by the other ingredients when you’re making a cocktail. It’s best to stay away from the most expensive stuff when it comes to mixed drinks. Look instead for vodkas made from quality ingredients without the high price tag. Chopin, Tito’s and Absolute are all solid but affordable brands that work just as well as the pricey stuff.
Should I Keep Vodka in the Fridge?
Lots of people choose to keep their vodka in the fridge or freezer, but you don’t have to. Once again, the little changes in taste and texture that come from freezing or chilling your alcohol get lost when it’s mixed with other things. Most cocktails are chilled anyway, so it’s really up to you.
What Is Best to Mix With Vodka?
A favorite ingredient in many vodka cocktails is fruit juice. Some of the most popular juices tend to be more tart than sweet. Think orange juice, grapefruit juice and cranberry juice, all of which have a sharpness to the flavor that pairs so well with vodka. You can also go with a lemon or lime soda to get that same tartness along with a bubbly fizz of carbonation.
How to Keep Your Drinks Cold
There are a few different ways to make sure that your drinks stay as cold as possible. Number one is, of course, to keep them in the fridge until it’s time to serve them. If you’re planning to serve them right away, put ice in the glass and use chilled ingredients. You can even try chilling the glasses you’re planning to pour the cocktails into.
9 Refreshing Vodka Cocktails for Summer
Everyone's always looking for new ways to keep cool when it's hot outside, and a refreshing chilled cocktail is an excellent way to do it. Here are 9 quick and easy ideas to get you started.
This recipe's fresh berry flavor and subtle kick of ginger put a refreshing twist on the classic Moscow Mule cocktail. Made with blended frozen strawberries, it's the perfect drink to keep you cool on a hot day.
Another fun spin on the Moscow Mule, this recipe replaces the ginger beer with champagne. It has finer bubbles and a light wine flavor – plus, it gives you an excuse to break out those fancy champagne flutes!
Filled with fresh fruit marinated to boozy perfection, this drink is perfect for summer. Since pretty much everything's in season, you can go all out when it comes to adding your favorite berries and tropical fruits.
An adult version of a classic virgin drink, this update on the Shirley Temple is mixed with a wonderfully fruity vodka, making it a great summer drink. It's the perfect hit of nostalgia without sacrificing a more grown-up kind of fun.
Don't let the name fool you – the "double trouble" means these tequila shots have a surprise kick of pineapple vodka in them, too! Inspired by the piña colada, this shot has a fruity tropical flavor that makes it taste like you're on vacation no matter where you are.
What screams summer fun more than a classic campfire dessert? With a rich shot of chocolate syrup and crumbled graham cracker for garnish, this s'mores-inspired drink will make you feel just as toasty warm as the summertime treat it's named after.
With subtle notes of vanilla and the sweetness of peaches, this cocktail balances the sharpness of the pure lime from a classic Cosmo. Adding even more fruity flavor makes it the ideal drink for a warm summer night.
If lemonade stands sold this cocktail on the side of the road, they'd be even more popular. The sweetness of the strawberries and the tartness of the lemon balance perfectly in this cool and refreshing summer drink.
Packed to the rim with fresh berries, this bubbly drink has a refreshing kick of mint that's sure to cool you down on even the hottest days. Plus, it's super quick and easy, so you can mix it up quick, then sit back and relax on your favorite lawn chair.
The blue moon sangria is our go to party drink! So refreshing!