Summer is here in full swing and we are ready to beat the heat! Make entertaining easy and serve one (or more) of these 5 Refreshing Summer Vodka Cocktails at your next party, barbecue or happy hour.
Summer is always great for spontaneous happy hours and cocktails by the fire. Or at the lake. Or on the deck….pretty much any way we can be outside here in Minnesota!
Don’t fret about what to serve with this collection of summer libations we love. You will be ready for whatever comes your way if you have the ingredients for the 5 best vodka drinks on hand.
Why drinks are easier to serve to a group than wine
Whenever we are having people over I immediately panic: Do I have enough wine? Is it chilled? Do I have enough of the same kind?
The easiest way to solve these problems? Serve cocktails for summer entertaining.
Not only is it easier to serve cocktails than wine, but it’s also more economical! You can get a lot of individual drinks out of a liter of alcohol versus the 4- 5 glasses of wine out of the bottle.
So keep things simple and grab that bottle of vodka from the freezer and toast the summer!
Ingredients you need to make these 5 summer vodka drinks
- Fresh lime juice
- Fresh lemon juice
- Tonic water
- Club soda
- Simple syrup
- Fresh mint
Is there a difference between brands of tonic and club soda?
Believe it or not, the kind of club soda or tonic you mix in your cocktails makes a difference. A huge difference.
The best ingredients give you the best tasting drinks and this applies to tonic and club soda too.
Try them out and we bet you’ll never buy the big plastic bottle again.
Tips for making the best batch cocktails
- Keep your ingredients chilled. Drinks stay colder longer when you start with cold ingredients!
- Use lots of ice. No one likes a lukewarm drink.
- Make sure to stir well. There is nothing worse than taking a sip of your cocktail only to find a big float of vodka in your glass.
- Fresh juice is always best. That little bit of prep makes these vodka cocktails extra special.
- Don’t forget the garnish. It may seem extraneous, but the fresh herbs, lemon or lime wedges, cucumber rounds or strawberries add a flavor boost. Check out your local farmer’s market to get the freshest produce at a reasonable price!
Why do I keep my vodka in the freezer?
That’s easy – it makes the drinks colder! When you start with chilled ingredients the ice doesn’t have to work so hard which keeps it cold longer without diluting it.
That’s what we call a win, folks.
What is the best kind of vodka for drinks?
Make sure you use a high-quality vodka of your favorite brand, not the cheapest stuff at the liquor store.
Not only do high-quality vodkas taste a lot smoother, but they are also less likely to lead to a hangover if you overindulge. Trust me on this one.
So be sure to save your pennies to buy better vodka. Some of our favorites are Tito’s, Norseman, Ketel one, and Stoli – all solid brands that will never steer you wrong.
What’s your current favorite? Let us know. We are always game to try new spirits!
More summer cocktails
- Watermelon Gin Punch
- Elderflower Gin and Tonic
- Raspberry Smash
- Bubbly Strawberry Rosé Mojitos
- Strawberry Kiwi Daiquiri
- Tequila Mojito
- Beer Margaritas
- Aperol Gin Cocktail
- Sparkling Cucumber Gimlet
Want to mix it and forget it? We love these summer sangria recipes!
Nothing is more refreshing than this citrusy, minty Bootleg Cocktail that can be made with gin, vodka or rum.
Cucumber Basil Vodka Gimlet
Cool as a cucumber is definitely a fitting description for this Cucumber Vodka Gimlet recipe. It’s one I’ll be making on repeat to beat the heat all summer long.
Elderflower Vodka Soda recipe
Even classic cocktails can be improved. Take this easy, 4-ingredient Elderflower Vodka Soda, for example. The small amount of elderflower liqueur added to this drink gives it the perfect bit of sweetness to take the edge off the crisp (and sometimes biting) vodka and soda combination.
Vodka and Elderflower Lemonade
A refreshing twist on a long time favorite drink, this Vodka Elderflower Lemonade is a great summer sipper!
Strawberry Basil Vodka Cocktails
Juicy summer strawberries and fresh-from-the-garden basil give these easy Strawberry Basil Vodka Cocktails an extra flavor boost. Perfect for happy hour!