15 cold drinks perfect for cocktail hour in the sun

Summery sippers (some spiked, some not), to mix up this weekend.

Summery sippers (some spiked, some not), to mix up this weekend

(Left and right, photography by Doan Ly; middle, credit: iStock/Getty Images)

Backyard or balcony, pool-side or lake-side, or just kicking back on the couch, summer cocktail hour is the time to reach for the most refreshing, chilled sippers. So we pulled some of our coolest cocktails to share. Made with or without alcohol, they happen to pair beautifully with dips, or BBQ fare. Below, blended beverages, sangrias to sip on, and icy punches to shake (or stir) on a summer's eve.

Prosecco Veneziano

If you don't have oranges, garnish your glass with any fruit you have in the fridge — strawberries, lemons or peaches will do!

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Pineapple Slushy Mojito

A refreshing summer drink in only five simple steps.

White Wine Mango Granita

This two-ingredient cocktail is as simple as can be — and what's not to love about a white wine slushie?

Pink Grapefruit and Chamomile Palomas

A pretty spin on the classic cocktail that's garnished with florals, and infused with them too!

(Photography by Doan Ly)

Floral Summer Spritz

Cheers to edible flowers in and on our drinks.

Strawberry Kiwi Mojito

This fruity cocktail is particularly perfect for a summer night.

The Pimm's Cup

It's the quintessential British summer cocktail, easy to stir up and sip.

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Garden Party Sangria

A simple rosé sangria to toast summer with.

(Photography by Doan Ly)

Sumac Sun Tea

For an adult version, feel free to add vodka or another spirit of your choice.

Watermelon Margarita

Naturally sweet, fresh as can be, and tastes just like summer.

The Lazy Tennis Player

A playfully named cocktail with ingredients that are just as fun.

(Photography by Alexa Cude)

Rhubarb Shrub Martini

This tangy rhubarb shrub can be added to mineral water, sodas or cocktails for a refreshing, tart drink.

(Photo: David Bagosy, Styling: Melissa Direnzo)

Vegan Caesar

This recipe doesn't just skip the clam juice, it brings you a briny, flavour-packed, vegan alternative.

(Photography by Betty Binon)

Red Wine Sangria

A perennial go-to, this self-serve sipper is one of the easiest mixed drinks around.

Rosé Passion Fruit Spritzer

A bubbly beverage full of sugar, spice and all things nice.

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