Sitting poolside on a hot summer’s day can be thirst-quenching. While you should be looking to drink responsibly, a fruity alcoholic beverage to sip would go down really well.
The fresh taste of fruit, combined with liqueurs and ice can make a few hours by the pool become something truly indulgent.
From the classics like a Cosmopolitan or a Long Island Iced Tea to Pool Party Punch and a Hurricane, you will really enjoy yourself sipping any one of these fruity alcoholic drinks.
In this guide, we will detail 25 of the best fruity alcoholic drinks to sip poolside. We will also include a bonus section dedicated to strawberry-based cocktails.
1. Piña Colada
Of course, a Piña Colada is a must if you want a fruity and alcoholic drink to sip by the pool.
In a blender, pour in two ounces of light rum, an ounce each of coconut cream and pineapple juice, a quarter-ounce of fresh lime juice, and one and a half cups of ice.
Blitz until smooth and gently pour into a tall glass then garnish with some pineapple wedges and a Maraschino cherry.
A similar cocktail to a Piña Colada is the Painkiller which is far more delightful than it sounds.
For a big serving of this delicious cocktail add one part coconut cream to one part orange juice, two parts rum, and four ounces of pineapple juice to an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake vigorously.
Strain into one of your big glasses filled with ice and grate on some fresh nutmeg before garnishing with pineapple and/or orange slices.
Due to the use of crushed ice, a Chi-Chi is a deliciously chilled drink that you can savor at the pool.
Add two ounces of vodka, a half-ounce each of Blue Curaçao and coconut cream, half a cup of pineapple cubes, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and half a cup of crushed ice into a blender.
Blitz until smooth then pour into a chilled highball glass and garnish with some pineapple wedges.
A more common summer cocktail is a Long Island Iced Tea which is ideal to sip poolside.
Fill a Collins glass with ice and then pour in a half-ounce each of gin, vodka, light rum, Blanco tequila, and triple sec with an ounce of sour mix and top off with between one and two ounces of cola.
Give the mixture a stir with a stirring spoon and garnish with one wedge of lemon.
While you may have thought that the Margarita was refreshing enough, a Cucumber Margarita is another level.
You will need some subtle cucumber-infused tequila which uses thin slices of English cucumbers in an entire bottle of Blanco tequila to infuse over a day at room temperature.
Strain the tequila into a jar, create a salt rim on your old-fashioned glass then fill it with ice.
Fill your cocktail shaker with ice, add the infused tequila, simple syrup, and lime juice then shake until chilled, strain, and garnish with one cucumber slice.
To create a true Brewsky Sangria, you will need to blitz a couple of Bartlett pears with lemon juice to a purée. Pour lager into a pitcher, stir in lemon juice, triple sec, and the pear purée.
Fill your pint glasses up to halfway with ice then pour in the mixture and garnish with slices of a Bosc pear.
7. Rum & Tonic
To step into vacation mode, try a really simple cocktail for you to enjoy and create.
A Rum & Tonic uses two parts white rum with five parts tonic water which is poured into a chilled and ice-filled highball glass with a couple of drops of lemon bitters. Stir the mixture and garnish it with a lemon wheel before serving.
While a lot of summer parties opt for the Strawberry Daiquiri (scroll down for one of those), there is also the tangy Lime Daiquiri.
To make one, add a handful of ice cubes to a blender with two ounces of aged rum, a half-ounce of triple sec, one and another half ounces of freshly squeezed lime juice, and a half-ounce of simple syrup.
Blitz it all up and pour the mixture into a chilled coupe glass with a lime wedge for a garnish.
For a whole bowl of poolside drinks, create a punch bowl of Pool Party Punch. Remember that you will need to follow the one-part vodka with two-part lemonade ratio and include ice in the punch bowl.
You will need a splash of Blue Curaçao in each serving too to pour over ice. Serve with lemon wheels and orange wedges, grab a straw and enjoy.
10. Lime Margarita
A Lime Margarita is a staple choice for a drink to sip poolside so you should make one. Wet the rim of a chilled Margarita glass with a lime wedge and then dip in a shallow dish of salt for that salted rim.
To a blender, add a cup of ice, one and another half ounces of tequila, a half-ounce of triple sec, an ounce of fresh lime juice, and two ounces of sour mix. Blitz on high until smooth then pour into your prepared Margarita glass.
11. Peach Margarita
Another tasty Margarita uses peaches in limes for a more Southern summer vibe.
Place a cup of ice, a half-ounce each of triple sec and lime juice, one and another half ounces of tequila, a tablespoon of sugar, and a cup of sliced peaches in a blender.
Blitz it all together until smooth, pour into a Margarita glass, and garnish with another peach slice.
12. Malibu Sunset
Malibu is known for sunshine so imagine you are there with this delicious cocktail. Add a few ice cubes to a glass then pour in a blend of pineapple and orange juice with white rum and drizzle over some grenadine.
Give the mixture a stir and then garnish with pineapple, orange slices, and Maraschino cherries.
13. Tequila Sunrise
Another sun-based cocktail is this Tequila Sunrise but you may want to drink one later in the day by the pool.
Add ice cubes to a highball glass and then pour in tequila with orange juice and gradually add some grenadine to create the sunrise effect. Garnish with an orange slice and a Maraschino cherry.
14. Amaretto Sour
You can add egg white to this cocktail and dry shake it (an initial shake without ice) for a delicious foamy topping.
However, for a standard offering, add ice into your cocktail shaker then pour in one and another half ounces of Amaretto, an ounce of simple syrup, three-quarters of an ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice, and strain the mixture into a glass.
Top the mixture off with some lemon-lime soda and then garnish with Maraschino cherries and an orange slice.
You will need to create a mango purée for this cocktail which is simply blitzed together mango, lemon juice, and sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, or sugar.
Pour in the purée, or simply fruit juice, in a Champagne flute and gradually add sparkling wine and liqueur such as Chambord. Garnish with the fruit of your choice.
16. Aperol Spritz
The Aperol Spritz is a classic drink to sip poolside, ideally in Italy but pretty much anywhere. It should look like a golden orange sunset and can be ideal for that time of the day.
Add some ice cubes to a wine glass and add one part each of Aperol and dry Prosecco, then top up with either unflavored sparkling water or club soda. Garnish with one slice of orange, sit back, and enjoy.
17. Jungle Juice
Though there may be an extensive ingredient list for a batch of Jungle Juice, it is worth making in bulk. Slice up some strawberries and place them at the bottom of a punch bowl before pouring in your liquid.
That includes whole bottles of rum and vodka, a gallon of lemonade, half a gallon each of orange juice, and fruit punch with 16 ounces of cranberry juice, all topped off with sliced oranges.
If it is a bit too much, top it off with a couple of cups of club soda and allow it to infuse for over 12 hours.
18. Vodka Cranberry
You do not need an extensive number of ingredients to create a delicious drink to sip poolside.
For a Vodka Cranberry, fill an old-fashioned glass with ice up to halfway then pour in an ounce of vodka, four and a half ounces of cranberry juice, and a dash each of Rose’s lime and orange juice. Give it a stir and then sip.
19. Clover Club
The Clover Club can be impressive, simply because few people have heard of it. There is also a frothy top from the use of an egg white.
Add the egg white to your cocktail shaker with an ounce of lemon juice, three ounces of gin, and one and another half ounces of raspberry simple syrup.
Shake vigorously for around 15 seconds then add ice and shake for another 15 seconds for that foam. Strain into your cocktail glass and garnish with several raspberries.
20. Tom Collins
Another gin and lemon-based cocktail is a Tom Collins which also uses a plain 1:1 simple syrup. Fill your cocktail shaker with ice and then pour in two ounces of gin, an ounce of lemon juice, and a half-ounce of simple syrup.
Shake until well combined and then top off with either club soda or sparkling water. Garnish with one Luxardo cherry and a lemon round for that indulgent touch.
21. Old Cuban
Similar to a Mojito, an Old Cuban goes really well with simply lazing by the pool. Muddle together lime juice, mint leaves, and simple syrup in your cocktail shaker.
Add one and another half ounces of rum, three-quarters of an ounce of fresh lime juice, and a couple of dashes of classic Angostura bitters.
Add ice, shake vigorously until chilled then strain into your coupe glass and top with Prosecco.
A perfect Cosmopolitan is a wonderfully fruity alcoholic drink to sip by the pool. To create one, fill your cocktail shaker with ice and then add triple sec, vodka, lime juice, and cranberry juice to shake vigorously.
Strain the mixture into a martini glass and then garnish with one twist of orange peel which you can peel over the cocktail glass for those delicious orange oils.
For a classic cocktail that uses passion fruit, try creating a Hurricane.
Fill your cocktail shaker with ice and add freshly squeezed lime juice from half a lime then pour in two ounces each of light rum, dark rum, and passion fruit purée or juice.
Add an ounce of fresh orange juice with a half-ounce each of simple syrup and grenadine. Once chilled, strain into your hurricane glass which is filled with ice, and garnish with orange slices and a cherry.
24. Mai Tai
A well-made Mai Tai should take you all the way to the Tropics, yet it can work really well while being by the pool.
Fill your cocktail shaker with ice and then add three-quarters of a cup of pineapple juice, half a cup of orange juice, three ounces of dark rum, two ounces of white rum, and an ounce each of triple sec and simple syrup.
Shake until cold and then pour over ice before adding a splash of grenadine for that cascading effect then garnish with either a pineapple wedge, an orange slice, or cherries.
Yes, the title is certainly NSFW but you are not at work, you are by the pool. This is close to a Sex On The Beach but subtly different.
Add crushed ice into a highball glass while you pour in an ounce each of peach schnapps followed by Blue Curaçao, and a couple of ounces of vodka before topping it all off with some Sprite.
Give it a stir and garnish with one lemon wheel.
Bonus Section: Strawberry Cocktails
For a vibrant cocktail in both taste and appearance, opt for strawberries.
They may not offer that much juice but they are packed with flavor so choose between a Strawberry Hennessy, a Strawberry Daiquiri, and a Strawberry-Basil-Balsamic Daiquiri.
Cognac with strawberries is such a luxurious combination that you will wonder why it took you so long to find.
Create a strawberry syrup by cooking and then reducing strawberries with sugar and water before blitzing them in a blender and straining.
Allow the strawberry syrup to chill before pouring it into a glass with ice and fresh strawberries. Pour in Hennessy Cognac then top off with Champagne and enjoy.
A Strawberry Daiquiri is one of the most popular cocktails to enjoy in the sun as it is simply so vibrant but also easy to create.
Add two ounces of light rum to an ounce of simple syrup, a half-ounce of fresh lime juice, four large strawberries (sliced), and a cup of ice in a blender.
Blitz at a high speed until smooth and then pour into a chilled Margarita glass and garnish with more strawberry slices.
You will need a blender for this Daiquiri too which does use some exciting ingredients.
Place a quarter cup of ice cubes into the blender with half a cup of sliced strawberries, four tablespoons of rum, and half a teaspoon of Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar.
Add two fresh basil leaves and blitz until smooth then pour into a tall glass and garnish with another basil leaf.
Are any of the Peach Schnapps Drinks on the list suitable for sipping poolside?
The list of peach schnapps drinks for happy hour includes various tropical and refreshing options. These delightful concoctions can definitely be enjoyed poolside, bringing a burst of fruity flavor to your leisurely afternoon. So grab a glass, relax by the pool, and sip away on one of these suitable poolside sippers.
Sitting by the pool should be a relaxing activity when the weather is good. You can take yourself away from the hustle and bustle of life with a good book and an indulgent fruity alcoholic drink.
Many of these drinks can be created in batch quantities yet do be careful. If you are wanting to go for a swim, do that first due to the alcohol content, and then you can dry off with a book and a drink.
Frequently Asked Questions
Depending on where you are in the world, there can be a different interpretation of what is ideal to drink at the beach.
For instance, in Jamaica, you can expect to be drinking a can of Red Stripe Beer while in Italy it is an Aperol Spritz or a Limoncello.
In Mexico, the Margarita is popular while in Puerto Rico it is the Piña Colada and in Polynesia, it is the Mai Tai. Then again, in Cuba, you can expect to be served a Daiquiri.
While these fruity alcoholic drinks are delicious, you should be cautious after drinking a few before going into the pool. Alcohol consumption can delay your reaction time, and impair your judgment, vision, and balance.