Skye Sonnega | Jun 14, 2022

8 Refreshing & Classic Summer Cocktail Ideas

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Whether you opt for a tall glass of lemonade in the summer heat, or a chilled glass of sangria, a refreshing beverage is essential for any hot summer night. Looking to switch it up? Keep reading to learn our favorite classic summer cocktail ideas. If you’re not feeling the cocktail, these are just as tasty virgin, too! 


1. Summer Sangria

The perfect beverage for a classy outdoor party in the summer. Sangria is a delectable wine and fruit punch, chilled on ice and sure to be a favorite amongst family and friends. The tartness of the wine, mixed with a sweet hint of brandy and fruit with a dash of club soda makes for the most refreshing cocktail. 

Use the Uncork’d wine tumbler to enjoy your summer sangria in the shady yard or by the pool. These 14 oz insulated tumblers hold over two cups of wine, and will keep your drink at the perfect temperature all evening long. 

Instead of a punch bowl to serve your sangria, you may opt for the BackTap, a 3 gallon backpack cooler featuring a tap! This stainless steel lined, leak resistant cooler will keep your sangria fresh and cool. No more bugs floating in cups and diluted drinks, the BackTap keeps your beverages tasty, for longer. 


backtap cooler sitting on table.


2. Aperol Spritz

Aperol is an orange apéritif, known for its distinct bitter, yet zesty and sweet citrus flavor. An Aperol Spritz is made with Aperol, Prosecco, club soda, and a slice of orange, making the perfect slightly-boozy cocktail for a summer gathering. 


3. Berry Mojito 

One of the best parts of summer is arguably the fresh fruit and berries that come with the warmer weather. Use local berries from your local farmer’s market or backyard to create a delicious seasonal berry mojito. Mojitos are a combination of white rum, mint, lime, club soda and simple syrup. With the added hint of berry sweetness, you’ll have a cocktail you won’t want to put down!

Enjoy your berry mojito with the Imperial Pint, a 20 oz leak proof tumbler designed to keep your beverage hot or cold at any time of day. Gone are the days of diluted drinks, this innovative tumbler can keep your beverage cool for up to 24 hours! 


4. Vodka Spritz 

The vodka spritzer is bubbly, a little sweet, and perfect for your summer party. This drink has the perfect combination of vodka, club soda, cranberry juice, and some simple syrup + berries for an added sweetness. For your friends who’d prefer a mocktail, you can skip the vodka and make a delicious spritz drink!

Use the 12 oz Rocks tumbler to host your spritz. These versatile tumblers will keep your drink fresh and undiluted, and are the perfect new twist on a traditional cocktail glass. Never worry about a metallic aftertaste or watered down beverage with the Rocks. 


5. Spicy Margarita 

Sometimes a little spice on a hot summer night is exactly what the doctor ordered. The spicy margarita is just that, made with a blend of your favorite ingredients, plus a kick from a jalapeño. This beverage is easily customizable, add your favorite slices of fruit or additional spices to create an even more complex flavor. 

Enjoy your margs with the Margtini. This 10 oz tumbler is perfect for sipping on a dry martini, or a DIY margarita. It’s slim-rim design makes for easy sipping, and it even comes with a leak-proof lid to minimize the risk of spilling. Glass and plastic cups aren’t always the best choice for the backyard, stick to an insulated tumbler to keep your drink cool!


tumbler with limes and tequila next to it.


6. Rosé Paloma 

Love rosé in the summer, but want to switch up your drink of choice? The rosé paloma is the perfect combination of an old favorite and something new. This delicious blend of rosé, tequila, watermelon juice, lime, and club soda is something you won’t want to miss out on. 


7. Frozen Piña Coladas 

Bring the beach to your backyard with an at-home piña colada! Piña coladas are sweet, smooth, and are a perfect treat for summer. You’ll need a blender to combine fresh pineapple, cream of coconut, condensed coconut milk, and white rum. Garnish with maraschino cherries, limes, whipped cream, or whatever else you’re feeling!


8. Ranch Water

Ranch Water is a trendy cocktail that can be traced back to Texas in the ‘60s. This simple yet delicious drink is a mixture of tequila, lime juice and Topo Chico bubbly water. While fans of Ranch Water may argue that it’s not Ranch Water without Topo Chico, any mineral water will do if you’re in a pinch! 

To keep your drink undiluted and sparkling from the first sip to the last, use the 12 oz Highball tumbler. This sleek tumbler was made specifically to keep your favorite mixed drinks cold. Plus, you can’t forget about the leak proof lid! Gone are the days of spills by the pool, or while playing drinking games with friends. 


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We can’t wait to see the summer cocktails you make with your pals this summer. If you use a BrüMate tumbler on Instagram, tag us for a chance to be featured! Need a BrüMate for your summer sipping? Check out our best sellers to get started.