What's a good carbonated cocktail for summertime?

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If you're looking for a refreshing carbonated cocktail to enjoy during the summer, there are several excellent options to consider. Based on their ratings and unique flavor profiles, the Vodka Collins stands out as the top pick. With a rating of 4.5/5, the Vodka Collins combines vodka with lemon juice, sugar syrup, and is topped up with soda water. This cocktail offers a crisp, clean taste highlighted by the tartness of lemon and a hint of sweetness, making it an invigorating choice for hot summer days. Its effervescence and lightness make it perfect for a wide range of occasions, from casual get-togethers to more formal events. Another great option is the Vodka Rickey, with a rating of 4.44/5. Similar to the Vodka Collins, this cocktail features a mix of vodka, lime juice, sugar syrup, and soda water. The fresh lime juice adds a zesty kick that balances well with the subtle sweetness, making it a thirst-quenching beverage that's hard to resist during warmer months. For a non-alcoholic choice, the Citrus Fizz, rated 4.4/5, offers a vibrant and tangy experience with lime and orange juices, Angostura Bitters, and tonic water. This drink provides all the refreshment you'd want from a summer cocktail without the alcohol, making it ideal for a sophisticated, booze-free option. All these cocktails are served cold, combining a perfect balance of sweetness, acidity, and effervescence, ensuring that you stay refreshed and delighted throughout the summer.

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You asked: Best carbonated summer cocktails. We found 10 cocktails answering the question.

Vodka Collins

The Vodka Collins is a refreshing, effervescent cocktail that finds its roots in the family of Collins drinks, characterized primarily...

Lemon Juice (30ml), Soda water (Top up), Sugar Syrup (15ml), Vodka (60ml)

4 ingredients
4.5 / 5

Vodka Rickey

The Vodka Rickey is a refreshing and effervescent cocktail that offers a crisp and slightly tangy flavor profile. A mix...

Vodka (60ml), Lime juice (15ml), Sugar Syrup (7.5ml), Soda water (Top up)

4 ingredients
4.44 / 5

Citrus Fizz

The Citrus Fizz is a refreshing, non-alcoholic cocktail that offers a vibrant blend of tangy and sweet flavors. The primary...

Lime juice (Dash), Orange juice (50ml), Angostura Bitters (Dash), Tonic water (Top up)

4 ingredients
4.4 / 5

Summer gin granita

As shown by Wayne Collins on Something for the Weekend (the BBC Sunday morning programme), this involves some prep work!

Lemon Juice (50ml), Gin (75ml), Apple vodka (75ml), Elderflower Cordial (60ml), Watermelon Juice (500ml)

5 ingredients
4.37 / 5


The "Summertime" cocktail offers a refreshing blend suitable for warm weather sipping. It features the rich and complex flavors of...

Dark rum (30ml), Soda water (60ml), Drambuie (30ml)

3 ingredients
3.93 / 5

Summer Breezy

The Summer Breezy cocktail is a refreshing and light drink that embodies the carefree spirit of warmer seasons. It brings...

Cointreau (30ml), Lime Cordial (30ml), Soda water (Top up)

3 ingredients
3.9 / 5

Gin and Cucumber

The Gin and Cucumber cocktail is a refreshing blend that highlights the botanical qualities of gin with the cool, crisp...

Lemon Juice (30ml), Gin (60ml), Sugar Syrup (15ml), Tonic water (300ml), Cucumber (5 slices)

5 ingredients
3.84 / 5


The Cozumel cocktail is a refreshing, effervescent drink that is typically served in a highball glass. Composed of gin and...

Gin (30ml), Soda water (Top up), Lime juice (Dash), Peach vodka (30ml)

4 ingredients
3.82 / 5

Naked Summer

A mildly sour, lemony mix. Highly refreshing and easy to drink!

Vodka (30ml), Lime juice (30ml), Lemon Juice (30ml), Gin (30ml), Soda water (Top up), Sugar Syrup (15ml), Angostura Bitters (Dash)

7 ingredients
3.78 / 5

Summer Riser

The Summer Riser is a refreshing and fruity cocktail that embodies the essence of sunshine and carefree days. It combines...

Vodka (30ml), Orange juice (60ml), Cranberry Juice (Top up), White rum (30ml), Lemonade (60ml)

5 ingredients
3.77 / 5


We've collated some quick fire Q&A's on the question to help you find exactly what you're looking for.

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What makes a good summer cocktail?

A good summer cocktail is typically refreshing, light, and often carbonated. Ingredients like citrus juices, soda water, and light spirits such as vodka or gin are popular choices. These components help keep the drink cool and invigorating, perfect for hot weather.

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Why are carbonated cocktails popular in the summer?

Carbonated cocktails are popular in the summer because the bubbles add a refreshing and light element to the drink. The effervescence from the carbonation helps amplify the cooling sensation and makes the drink more enjoyable on hot days.

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Can I make a non-alcoholic carbonated summer drink?

Yes, you can make non-alcoholic carbonated drinks by using ingredients like tonic water, soda water, or sparkling water combined with fresh fruit juices and a touch of bitters for complexity. These drinks can be just as refreshing and enjoyable as their alcoholic counterparts.

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What are some tips for serving summer cocktails?

To enhance your summer cocktail experience, serve your drinks in chilled glasses, use plenty of ice, and garnish with fresh fruits or herbs. This not only keeps the drinks colder for longer but also adds to their visual appeal.

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How can I keep my summer cocktails cold for longer?

To keep summer cocktails cold for longer, use large ice cubes or ice spheres that melt slower than regular ice. Pre-chilling your ingredients and glasses can also help in maintaining the temperature of the drink.

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