Cocktails The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather  

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List Rules Any mixed alcoholic drink that is suitable for warm weather

Thirsty? Try this list of the best cocktails to drink on lazy summer afternoons. (Or, okay, fine, evenings... Be that way.) These are the most refreshing and light libations that are ideal for hot weather. Any cocktail can be great for unwinding at the end of a long day, but it's only certain delicious cocktails that work ideally for hot summer days. Drinking Negronis and Old Fashioneds may be your favorite way to enjoy alcohol, but surely, when it's hot outside, a Campari Sour or even a Gin Fizz might be more appropriate?

Several ingredients pop up again and again when discussing the ideal cocktail recipes for summer. For the most part, summer cocktails tend to go a bit easier on alcohol content than their winter-time counterparts. Summer days are just longer (which means more drinking time), and it's much easier to get dehydrated quickly when enjoying drinks outside by the pool than it is huddled up by a warm fire. As well, summer cocktails often include the flavorful, sweet fruits that are in season, particularly exotic flavors like pineapple and watermelon. (In some ways, these cocktails harken back to the days of Prohibition, when fruit was frequently included in cocktails in order to blunt the harsh, unpleasant flavor of homemade alcohol.)

Finally, summer is often associated with "tiki cocktails" that tend to include a lot of rum or vodka and fruit flavors, and are associated primarily with the tropics. Drinks like the "Zombie," the Pina Colada and the Mai Tai bring to mind relaxing Hawaiian beachscapes and late-night luaus. Check out some of the most popular summer cocktails and vote on the list below for your favorite refreshing alcoholic drinks, and if we've left out your favorite hot-weather mix, add it in the space provided at the bottom of the list.

And for garnish, check out this list of the best summer fruits.
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Margarita is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather

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Daiquiri is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather

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Mojito is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather

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Piña colada is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather

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Caipirinha is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather

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Mai Tai is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather

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Sea Breeze is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather

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Vodka Lemonade is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather
Vodka Lemonade

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Sangria is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather

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Gin and tonic is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather

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Tequila Sunrise is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather

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Hurricane is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather

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Long Island Iced Tea is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather
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Cuba Libre is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather

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Cosmopolitan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather

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Bellini is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather

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Mint julep is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather

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Gin Fizz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather

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Pimm's Cup is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather

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Planter's Punch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather

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Zombie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather

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Pisco Sour is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather

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Sidecar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather

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Lemon drop is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather

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John Daly is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather
John Daly

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French 75 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather

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Salty dog is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather
Salty dog

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Blood and Sand is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather

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Spritz is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather

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Campari Sour is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather
Campari Sour

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Negroni is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather
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Michelada is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather
Michelada

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Old Fashioned is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather
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Painkiller is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather
ber718 added Painkiller

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Tequila & Tonic is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather
Tequila & Tonic

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Rum and Coke is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather
Eric Vega added Rum and Coke

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Jack and coke is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather
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Lillet is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather

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Aviation is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather

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Russian Quelude is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather
snowman69 added Russian Quelude

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Vesper is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather

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Southside is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather
Tucker DeSaulnier added Southside

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Adobo sauce is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Cocktails for Warm Weather