By Allrecipes Editors

Cool down this summer with our top-rated cocktail recipes. From bourbon to beer-based, these drinks are refreshing.

Rum Cocktails

For extra credit, add a paper umbrella and serve these rum-based drinks in a pineapple or coconut shell.

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Gin Cocktails

Gin is the quintessential hot-weather spirit.

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Tequila Drinks

It's North America's first distilled spirit. Tequila makes some classic cocktails.

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Vodka Cocktails

Vodka is the spirit for smooth and refreshing summer sips.

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Whiskey Cocktails

No frills in these classic cocktails.

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Beer and Wine Cocktails

Some of these cocktails come with spirits, some without.

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Dessert Drinks

These rich, sweet cocktails let you drink your dessert.

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Homemade Liqueurs

Take advantage of summer fruit to make homemade liqueurs. Many require weeks or months of infusing fruit to get the best flavors.

Mixer Magic

Nothing's easier to make than simple syrup. If you like, infuse the syrup with other flavors, like mint (for mojitos) or lemon (for iced teas, Collins, and other summer drinks).

Don't Forget the Ice!

It's often overlooked. But the best tasting cocktails use fresh ice made from pure, filtered water. "Fresh" means the cubes haven't been sitting around for weeks in the freezer soaking up the stale flavor essences of long-lingering foods. Bring the water to a quick boil for best results. Make it the morning of the day you plan to mix your cocktails, and you'll enjoy the freshest, most delicious cocktails. And, yes, we do have a recipe for Cocktail Ice.

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