Quick and easy cocktail recipes that are made for sipping in the sunshine.☀️

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We love a cocktail here at Good Housekeeping and we've compiled all our favourite drinks to celebrate with our friends and family.

We've got plenty of options for everyone, whether you're more into fruity, sweet, sour or looking for low and no alcohol cocktails - we've got you covered.

From boozy mojitos, Aperol Spritz, gin sours and non-alcoholic Pimm's, our cocktail recipes will give you plenty of inspiration to enjoy the warmer weather.

We have plenty of ideas for frozen cocktails too - including a frozen strawberry daiquiri and a a frozen Aperol cocktail.

If you're entertaining and want an easy option then you can't go wrong with a jug of Pimm's, or have a look at our tried and tested cocktails in a can for the ultimate convenience.

Bourbon Iced Tea

A get-ahead tipple, ideal for a balmy evening. You can leave out the bourbon for a virgin version.

Recipe: Bourbon Iced Tea

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Strawberry Royal Cocktail

This deliciously fruity cocktail has a strawberry infused-gin base, topped up with sparkling wine for a fizzy finish.

Recipe: Strawberry Royal Cocktail

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Coconut rum punch

This summery cocktail is made with coconut rum, coconut water and vanilla pods.

Recipe: Coconut rum punch

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Hugo spritz

The most delicious and refreshing summer cocktail with elderflower, Prosecco, mint and lime.

Recipe: Hugo spritz

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Negroni Sbagliato

Yep, with Prosecco in it. This delicious bitter-sweet drink replaces the gin with bubbly Prosecco for a lighter and slightly lower ABV.

Recipe: Negroni Sbagliato

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Ginger mojito

The traditional mojito has a surprise up its sleeve - a sugar syrup made with ginger makes it zing on a hot summer's day.

Recipe: Ginger mojito

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Cucumber, mint and elderflower mocktail r

A refreshing non-alcoholic cocktail made with elderflower cordial and soda water - then topped with mint and limes.

Recipe: Cucumber, mint and elderflower mocktail

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You can't beat a classic bitter-sweet and bold Negroni and this is our recipe for the perfect serve.

Recipe: Negroni

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White Port and Tonic

Your go-to gin sidekick just got a new best friend. Floral white port pairs perfectly with sharp fizzy tonic. Swap the rosemary for fresh mint, if you like.

Recipe: White Port and Tonic

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White wine sangria

We've taken a refreshing twist on the Spanish classic, with this sparkling white wine Sangria – perfect for summer parties.

Recipe: White wine sangria

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White Negroni

The lighter and fruitier version of a classic Negroni with a gorgeous Bergamot liqueur added to the mix. Simply delicious when served alongside green olives.

Recipe: White Negroni

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Bee's Knees by Fords Gin

Wait until you try this incredibly simple yet incredibly delicious cocktail from Fords Gin. It only requires three ingredients and make sure to use the best quality honey you can find and you'll be rewarded with a lovely floral sweetness that pairs perfectly with the gin and lemon.

  • 50ml Fords Gin

  • 20ml Fresh Lemon Juice

  • 20ml Honey


  1. Shake all ingredients with plenty of ice.

  2. Strain into a coupe glass and serve.

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Rozél Rose Vodka Spritz

Rozél is a beautiful vodka with all the flavours you'd find in a rosé wine like ripe white peaches, pink grapefruit and a hint of fresh raspberry. It's lovely on its own but shines when made into a spritz.


  • 50ml Rozél Rose Vodka

  • 200ml Fever-Tree Raspberry & Rose Lemonade

  • Fresh raspberries to garnish


  1. Add 50ml Rozél Vodka to a wine glass filled with ice and top with Fever-Tree Raspberry & Rose Lemonade.

  2. Add fresh raspberries to garnish for the perfect summer serve.

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Mystic Melange

Campari and Luxury Hotel Middle Eight in Covent Garden have teamed up to produce this beautifully fragrant and enticing cocktail for the summer months.


  • 30ml Fennel seed Infused Espolon Tequila (infuse any tequila blanco of your choice fennel seeds for a few days or until strength is to your liking)

  • 25ml Creme de Peache

  • 25ml Camomile Syrup

  • 15ml Strawberry Purée

  • 25ml Lime Juice

  • Garnish edible blue flower


  1. Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice until the shaker feels cold to the touch and looks frosted.

  2. Fine strain into a coupette glass and garnish with edible flower.

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Banana Colada

A pina colada that uses fresh bananas and a banana and salted caramel-infused rum? Yes please!

Recipe: Banana colada

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La Dama de la Noche

For a unique tequila based cocktail, try La Dama de la Noche (the lady of the night) which features a crisp tequila blanco, a zesty lime cordial and sweet strawberry liqueur.



  1. Combine all ingredients within a coupe glass and stir gently

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Patron Parma-Rita

For the lovers of a parma violet, try this margarita with floral violet, elderflower and fresh silver tequila.


  • 50 ml PATRÓN Silver

  • 20 ml crème de violette

  • 10 Edwards elderflower liqueur

  • 25ml lime juice

  • Parma violet rim

  • Edible flower garnish


  1. Combine liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously with ice for eight seconds.

  2. Remove your glass from the freezer.

  3. Carefully dip the coated rim into a plate of Parma Violet powder to create a delightful violet rim.

  4. Strain the shaken mixture into your prepared glass (on the rocks or straight up) and garnish with a lime wedge.

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Rhubarb & Lime Rickey

Make the most of rhubarb season by turning fresh rhubarb into a syrup to enjoy in this cocktail spiked with gin & lime.

Recipe: Rhubarb & Lime Rickey

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Rhubarb martini

A martini with a twist for a sunny day – just add rhubarb syrup.

Recipe: Rhubarb martini

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Frozen strawberry daiquiri

Strawberries, rum and lime combine for the perfect chilled summer cocktail

Recipe: Frozen strawberry daiquiri

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Forget frosé (ok, we still love this, too) - Frozerol is about to become your new obsession. This Aperol Spritz slushie is the perfect adult summer drink.

Recipe: Frozerol

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Frozen Espresso Martini

We love an espresso martini and this frozen version is seriously tasty - hello summer!

Recipe: Frozen Espresso Martini

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Frozen Gin Fizz

Lemonade, gin, caster sugar and lemon juice... that's it, and you've got this AMAZING drink!

Recipe: Frozen Gin Fizz

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Apple and ginger cocktail

This easy recipe has an alcoholic and non-alcoholic version

Recipe: Apple and ginger cocktail

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Elderflower and gin granita

Elderflower is a big summer favourite – add gin for a boozy boost.

Recipe: Elderflower and gin granita

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Frozen Margarita

Tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice make up a margarita, and this frozen version is perfect for warm summer days.

Recipe: Frozen Margarita

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Tropical teaser

An easy non-alcoholic cocktail – using a secret shop-bought ingredient …

Recipe: Tropical teaser

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Frozen pink gin

Pink gin is the DRINK of the moment, and this frozen version using pre-mixed cans is a fun summer cocktail.

Recipe: Frozen pink gin

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Sophisticated slushy

A dessert, a slushy, a cooling drink – it’s all of these and we like it!

Recipe: Sophisticated slushy

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Espresso Margarita

Combining an espresso martini with a margarita, this cocktail is refreshing and indulgent at the same time.

Recipe: Espresso margarita

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Dirty Aperol

Citizens of Soil, who make some truly delicious extra virgin olive oils have shared their take on an Aperol spritz - a dirty Aperol to be exact! You wouldn't think to add oil to a cocktail, but a few drops gives this cocktail a lovely mouthfeel and subtle green and peppery taste.


  • 50ml Aperol

  • 75ml Prosecco

  • A dash of soda water

  • 1 teaspoon olive brine

  • 1/2 teaspoon Citizens of Soil Peloponnese Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • A slice of orange

  • olives, to garnish

  • Ice


  1. Pop Aperol, olive brine, and extra virgin olive oil into a mixing glass. Stir over ice and strain into a large wine glass

  2. Add Prosecco and soda water with a generous amount of ice. Garnish with orange slice and olives.

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Whiskey refresher

Inspired by the classic Mint Julep, a great option for a garden party

Recipe: Whiskey refresher

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Frozen Campari Spritz

Just when we thought a Campari spritz couldn't get any better - we decided to turn it into a frozen slushy version and it is the perfect summertime tipple.

Recipe: Frozen Campari Spritz

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Tropical Dreams

Make your (tropical) dreams come true one step at a time with this fruity rum and pineapple juice cocktail.

Recipe: Tropical Dreams

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Prosecco slushies

Hello Prosecco! Add frozen raspberries to make this gorgeous berry slushie.

Recipe: Prosecco slushies

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Non-alcoholic Lemon iced tea

Refreshing chilled tea and zesty lemonade – what’s not to like?

Recipe: Lemon iced tea

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Royal Raspberry Martini

Looking for something fruity with a slight earthy hit? This Royal Raspberry Martini by Pod Pea Vodka will do the trick!


  • 30ml Pod Pea Vodka

  • 20ml Raspberry Liqueur

  • 10ml Black pepper syrup

  • 50ml Pineapple juice


  1. Add all the ingredients to a large mixing glass and stir. Pour into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a large ice cube.

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Orange and basil sparkler cocktail

This refreshing cocktail makes a great start to an extra-special evening.

Recipe: Orange and basil sparkler cocktail

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The Earl's Tipple

A bold and fragrant cocktail with Cointreau and soda water.

Recipe: The Earl's Tipple

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Try our Mojito recipe - the classic Cuban cocktail.

Recipe: The perfect mojito

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Brazil’s national cocktail is made with cachaça, a spirit distilled from sugar cane.

Recipe: Classic caipirinha

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Passion fruit and pomegranate combine to make this delicious cocktail recipe.

Recipe: Passiontini

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Non-alcoholic Pimm's

What you need:


  1. Thinly slice the cucumber until you have a long thin strip the length of the glass. Wrap this around the inner of the glass, creating a spiral from bottom to rim.

  2. Cut the strawberries into thin slices and place around the inner of the glass.

  3. Loosely stack ice the length of a tumbler glass.

  4. Pour in the soda, and cut a small fan shaped slice of orange to garnish.

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French Martini

Try something with a little je ne sais quoi to set the mood. Use a good quality vodka, like Russian Standard (widely available, RRP £15-£19), as it will show to superior effect in this rosy tipple.

Recipe: French martini

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Puck's Mischief

This simple, floral cocktail is made with hibiscus flowers in syrup. Perfect for a Summer garden party.

Recipe: Puck's mischief

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Rosy Glow Cocktails

Something a little special to set the mood (or raise a toast)

Recipe: Rosy Glow Cocktails

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Apple and Elderflower Fizz

This summer cocktail recipe is a refreshing and sophisticated tipple made with apple juice and elderflower liqueur.

Recipe: Apple and Elderflower Fizz

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Berry Blush Cocktails

Use any berry liqueur you like, such as crème de framboise, Chambord or cassis, to make these elegant and easy cocktails.

Recipe: Berry Blush Cocktails

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Fruity Fizz

These fresh and fruity cocktails are sure to get the party going

Recipe: Fruity Fizz

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French Riviera

Featuring apricot jam, honey, lemon, cognac & white rum to transport you to the south of France.

Recipe: French Riviera

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Raspberry Sour

A sweet and sour concoction of fresh raspberries, zingy lemon juice, vodka, raspberry liqueur and refreshing mint.

Recipe: Raspberry sour

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Campari Spritz

The Campari spritz is a wonderful alternative to an Aperol spritz. Made with the famous Italian liqueur, Prosecco and soda water, it's intense and bittersweet.

Recipe: Campari spritz

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Aperol Spritz

If you're after a refreshing cocktail, an Aperol Spritz is probably the perfect tipple. Bright orange in colour and with a combination of sweet liqueur and white wine or fizzy Prosecco, it's refreshing with a bitter-sweet after taste.

Recipe: Aperol spritz

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Classic Margarita

Tangy and oh so refreshing. The salt rim on a Margarita cocktail isn’t just for appearances, it helps balance the flavours too.

Recipe: Classic Margarita

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Pimm's No 1 Cup

Do you know how to make Pimm's properly? We explain how to make the perfect jug of Pimm's, whether you prefer the classic recipe or want to try something new.

Recipe: How to make a jug of Pimm's

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