5 Cocktails to Enjoy with Your Friends This Summer

By: Sandra Ortiz

Here are five delicious cocktail recipes to suit every taste. From rum to mezcal, there’s something for everyone in this summer selection.

Planning a summer get-together and unsure about what drinks to serve your friends? We’ve got you covered! Here are five cocktail options that cater to all tastes—from rum lovers to mezcal enthusiasts, there’s something for everyone in this selection.

These recipes feature key ingredients like lime, melon, coconut water, basil, and mint, adding a refreshing and unique touch to each drink.

Ready to wow your amigas? Jot down these ingredients and get ready to impress with these delicious summer cocktails.

Basil Lime Elixir


  • 1 lime
  • 1 oz. agave syrup
  • 2 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 6 basil leaves
  • Ice

Directions: Muddle a lime wedge, basil leaves, and 1 oz. of agave syrup in a shaker. Then add 2 oz. of freshly squeezed lime juice, 2 oz. of vodka, and ice. Shake well. Rim the glass with Tajín, fill it with ice, strain the mixture into the glass, and garnish with a lime wedge and a basil leaf.

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Image Courtesy Taquito Lindo USA



  • 2 oz Frisky Whiskey
  • ½ cup chopped cantaloupe
  • ½ cup lemonade
  • 2 oz coconut water
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • Club soda
  • Frozen melon balls, fresh mint, dried pineapple slice, and whiskey cherries for garnish

Directions: Add the cantaloupe, lemonade, and coconut water to a blender and puree until smooth. Add the melon puree, Frisky Whiskey, and pineapple juice to a short glass. Top with club soda and stir. Add frozen melon balls and garnish with fresh mint, a dried pineapple slice, and a whiskey cherry skewer.

Image Courtesy Frisky Whiskey

Havana Breeze


  • 6 fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 lime, cut into 4 wedges
  • 1 oz. simple syrup
  • 2 oz white rum
  • 1/2 cup club soda
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Directions: Place mint leaves and one lime wedge into a sturdy glass. Use a muddler to crush the mint and lime to release the mint oils and lime juice. Add two more lime wedges and the simple syrup, and muddle again to release the lime juice. Do not strain the mixture. Fill the glass almost to the top with ice. Pour the rum over the ice, and fill the glass with club soda. Stir, taste, and add more syrup if desired. Garnish with the remaining lime wedge and a sprig of mint.

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Strawberry Fields Negroni


  • 1.5 oz Grand Brulot
  • 0.5 oz Gin
  • 0.5 oz Campari
  • 0.5 oz Strawberry Liqueur

Directions: Mix all the ingredients in a rock glass and serve with a king cube. Garnish with fresh or candied strawberry.

Grand Brulot Strawberry Fields Negroni
Image Courtesy Grand Brulot

Vida Verde


  • 2 oz Desolas Mezcal
  • 0.5 oz fresh lime juice
  • 0.5 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz cucumber juice
  • 1 oz basil & cilantro infused agave
  • Splash of pineapple juice

Directions: Combine all the ingredients in a rock glass, mix, and add a splash of pineapple juice. Garnish with a cucumber wedge.

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Image Courtesy Desolas Mezcal

About the author: Sandra Ortiz


Sandra Ortiz Juárez studied Communication Sciences in her native Mexico and obtained a master's degree in Audiovisual Journalism in Spain. She has worked on radio, television and in digital media such as AOL Latino, Mamás Latinas and in the magazines Siempre Mujer and Ser Padres, where she served as digital director. She has interviewed celebrities such as Carolina Herrera, Isabel Toledo, Natalia Jiménez, Luis Fonsi, William Levy, among many other personalities. In her free time she likes to dance and experiment in the kitchen. She confesses to being addicted to the internet and sushi.

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