10 Southern Summer Cocktails You Should Learn How to Make

Whether you’re on the beach or not, hot weather leaves most people craving a spirit or two. But before you head to the bar to beat the heat, be your own mixologist. Give one of these summer cocktails a try, and get refreshed.

10. Bourbon Peach Sweet Tea

Host the Toast

All the best things about your southern roots are wrapped up in this drink. Brew your own tea for the freshest tasting cocktail.

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9. Firecracker Cocktail

Budget Savvy Diva

This cocktail will truly be the life of the party. Be careful – it’s very easy to drink.

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8. Cucumber Basil Gin & Tonic

Host the Toast

This is one of the most refreshing cocktails of the summer. You can even try and make your own basil simple syrup – it’s pretty easy.

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7. The Watermelon Keg


Not only is this awesome, but it’s just about the cutest looking thing ever. You can hollow out the melon and just use it as a drink dispenser for your own watermelon summer creation.

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6. Peach Moon

Maple Spice

Craving a little beer? The Peach Moon is right up your alley. Grab some Blue Moon, peach schnapps and orange juice, and drink up.

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5. Cheerwine Cocktail

Spicy Southern Kitchen

This one will be a nice surprise for you soda drinkers. All you need is gin, lime and soda water to top it off.

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4. Strawberry Moonshine Jam Cocktail

Dessert for Two

Looking for a little more zap? You guessed it – moonshine (or white whiskey) is the way to go. If you’re not into strawberries, make your favorite jam.

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3. Bailey’s Banana Colada

Live Laugh Rowe

Refreshing and sweet, this blended bit of heaven is all you’ll need this summer.

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2. Strawberry Gin Smash

The Kitchn

Carry over the goodness of springtime to summer. Pick your favorite gin and the freshest strawberries you can find. Portion the cocktail for yourself, or make a whole big pitcher for your friends as well.

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1. Coconut Margarita

Gimme Some Oven

There is almost nothing as refreshing as a coconut margarita. As you may know, margaritas are super easy to make big batches of. Adding a little coconut to the mix is simple.

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