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Trendy Summer Cocktails to Enjoy During the Warmer Months

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Who’s excited for summer? We bet everyone is! People love the warm weather, long days, and sipping on summer cocktails. That’s why if you are a business owner in the hospitality industry it’s time to think about your seasonal menu for the upcoming summer. Every year, there are different trendy summer cocktails that bars and restaurants add to their offers and you should do that, too. 

There are popular cocktails that never go out of style, like Mojito and Sangria. However, to keep customers interested, you should surprise them with something unique every once in a while. That’s why you need to keep up with the adult beverage trends. To help you with that, we decided to share a list of cocktails we believe will be all the rage during this summer season. 

If you haven’t picked Memorial Day cocktail recipes, too, you can get inspired by some of the drinks we suggest. A few of the cocktails will work great as brunch drinks, as well. So if you want to get inspiration, let’s dive right into it!

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The Types of Trendy Summer Cocktails You Need on the Menu

There are several types of trendy summer cocktails that should make the cut when you are curating your seasonal offers. Below, we have listed all the categories to consider, together with a few different cocktails you can implement or work with to create your own unique twist. 

Key Takeaway: If you want to serve trendy summer cocktails this year, focus on low-alcohol cocktails, eco-friendly drinks, and CBD-infused beverages. Drinks with global influence are also a great choice. 

1. Non-Alcoholic or Low-Alcohol Cocktails

Ever since the global pandemic hit, people started looking more into their health and habits. Limiting alcohol consumption became the new normal and now low-alcohol wines and cocktails are much trendier than they used to be. The lower ABV of the cocktail allows people to enjoy a few different drinks without getting the bad effects of alcohol. Also, it allows those following a certain dietary plan to stay on track without getting extra calories. 

Mocktails have also been on the rise. They allow customers to enjoy a nice, fancy drink in the company of their friends without consuming any alcohol. This is a perfect way to accommodate pregnant women and designated drivers. You can find also healthy mocktail ideas in the blog post we have on the topic. 

Low-alcohol and non-alcohol cocktails to serve this summer: 

  • Cucumber Mint Cooler
  • Ginger Lime Spritz
  • Berry Basil Smash
  • Coconut Pineapple Cooler
  • Lavender Lemonade Spritz

2. Eco-Friendly Cocktails

 As sustainability becomes increasingly important, eco-friendly cocktails made with seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients and sustainable spirits are expected to be in demand. Look for cocktails that emphasize sustainability in both ingredients and presentation. The trendy summer cocktails now are not just about being refreshing and pretty. What’s behind them also matters to the Millenial and Gen Z customers. 

A great idea is to purchase both spirits and the rest of the ingredients from local producers. Find out what alcohol is made in your region and see what kind of unique cocktails you can make with it. If that task seems hard, connect with a local mixologist and get the help you need.

Eco-friendly cocktails to make: 

  • Upcycled Berry Sangria (use leftover berries)
  • Zero-Waste Mojito
  • Green Goddess Spritz (infused with locally-grown basil, thyme, rosemary)

3. Cocktails with Global Influences

Cocktails inspired by flavors and ingredients from around the world are likely to remain on-trend. Exotic spices, tropical fruits, and unique ingredients from regions such as Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East should be featured in your trendy summer cocktails.

If you make such cocktails, make sure you promote them and explain to your guests why and how these drinks are unique. You can use these specific cocktails in your marketing campaigns to gain more exposure. Don’t forget that customers commonly take pictures of what they consume, so make sure the drinks are pretty and that you encourage customers to tag your business when they are posting online. 

Cocktails with global influence to try this summer: 

  • Caribbean Rum Punch
  • Indian Spiced Gin Fizz
  • Greek Ouzo Lemonade
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4. Botanical and Floral Cocktails

Cocktails infused with botanicals and floral flavors are anticipated to continue to be popular. Think refreshing drinks featuring herbal liqueurs, herbaceous garnishes, and edible flowers for a light and aromatic summer sip.

Botanical drinks are not only trendy summer cocktails but also something that has been rising in the last few years. Edible flowers combined with these liqueurs make not only a delicious but also a pretty drink that everyone will enjoy. 

What botanical cocktails to try: 

  • Rosemary Grapefruit Gin and Tonic
  • Chamomile Honey Bee's Knees
  • Jasmine Tea Mojito
  • Orange Blossom Spritz

5. CBD Cocktails

CBD beverages gained popularity lately with the wellness wave that’s been going around. There are plenty of benefits of CBD drinks to enjoy and you can now find even CBD wine. However, if you want to serve trendy summer cocktails this upcoming season, add a few CBD cocktails to your menu. These cocktails offer relaxation and stress-relieving benefits alongside delicious flavors. 

You can play around with different cocktail ingredients and cocktail garnishes to make them as delicious and pretty as possible. 

CBD drinks to make this summer: 

  • CBD Watermelon Cooler
  • CBD Pineapple Mojito
  • CBD Peach Basil Smash

6. Frozen and Slushy Cocktails

Perfect for beating the summer heat, frozen and slushy cocktails are expected to remain a hit during this summer season, too. Look for creative spins on classic frozen drinks, as well as innovative flavor combinations and unique presentation styles.

Daiquiri drinks are always a good idea and they are always trendy summer cocktails. You can add a pretty garnish (like edible flowers) to the classic Strawberry Daiquiri. Try other fruits like watermelon, mango, peaches, and even mixtures. Working with a cocktail expert will make it easier to narrow down the options and choose the perfect fit for your menu! 

Frozen and slushy cocktails to enjoy this summer season: 

  • Frosé (Frozen Rosé)
  • Watermelon Vodka Slush
  • Frozen Blue Hawaiian
  • Frozen Mango Margarita
  • Frozen Peach Bellini

We always recommend looking into trendy summer cocktails but also coming up with your own custom drinks. Custom options show creativity, can be created in accordance with your brand, and can be made to fit the rest of your menu better. 

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Frequently Asked Questions about Trendy Summer Cocktails

Need more information about trendy summer cocktails? Read the answers to these frequently asked questions we listed below!

What Makes a Cocktail Trendy for Summer?

Trendy summer cocktails often feature refreshing ingredients like citrus fruits, berries, and tropical flavors. They may also incorporate seasonal herbs, spices, and floral elements for a vibrant and flavorful experience. The trendiest ones are those that offer the best refreshment and flavor. The appeal is a factor, too. 

What Are Some Popular Spirits for Summer Cocktails?

Popular spirits for summer cocktails include vodka, gin, tequila, rum, and light whiskey. These spirits pair well with a variety of fresh fruits, juices, and drink mixers commonly used in trendy summer drinks.

What Are Some Classic Summer Cocktails That Never Go out of Style?

Classic summer cocktails like the Mojito, Margarita, Piña Colada, Daiquiri, and Paloma are timeless favorites that continue to be popular year after year. These drinks offer a perfect balance of flavors and are well-suited for warm-weather enjoyment.

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