07/20/2016 08:16 EDT | Updated 07/21/2016 09:59 EDT

20 Drink Recipes You'll Need This Summer

Want to be your very own backyard bartender? From sangria and slushies to mojitos and margaritas, we've got you covered with all the best summer drinks. Armed with these simple, thirst-quenching recipes and a few terrific tips, get ready to beat the heat and make a huge splash this season.

row of cocktails on boat rail
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row of cocktails on boat rail

Want to be your very own backyard bartender? From sangria and slushies to mojitos and margaritas, we've got you covered with all the best summer drinks. Armed with these simple, thirst-quenching recipes and a few terrific tips, get ready to beat the heat and make a huge splash this season.

Don't sweat it. Really. Having a well-stocked summer bar is as easy as falling off a log (and we know how easy that is). In addition to Bite Me More's fast, fresh and scrumptious sips, here's what you need to know:

On The Rocks

Have ice on hand. Lots of it. We're talking ¾-1 pound per person. While that sounds like some serious brain freeze, that much ice will come in super handy not only in drinks, but also in large basins that can keep beer, wine and sodas chilled.

Another thing we love to do in the summer is to jazz up our cubes. Make ice cubes from coffee or tea to keep those drinks from getting diluted. Add fresh fruit and herbs into the ice cube tray (along with distilled water as that will ensure the clearest of cubes) for cool ways to kick back with a cocktail.

Decked Out

Summer is the perfect time to dress yourself down, but to dress up your drinks. You can have tons of fun with rimming and garnishing drinks. You can easily rim glasses with everything from candy (Pop Rocks!) to citrus and to gussy up your drinks, have things like sliced fruit, fresh herbs, cucumber, jalapenos, edible flowers and cinnamon sticks on hand. As well, don't forget the fun straws to get everyone sipping.

The Great Outdoors

The birds are chirping and the earthy smell of grass is in the air. Unfortunately, so are the bugs that will swarm around the sweet scents of your drinks. Make sure to have corks, netting or coasters to cover your bottles and glasses.

It's time to stir and shake up summer -- wet your whistle and beat the heat with Bite Me More's Top 20 Summer Drinks:

  • Bottoms Up! Top 20 Summer Drink Recipes
    Bottoms Up! Top 20 Summer Drink Recipes
  • #20 Watermelon Mojito
    #20 Watermelon Mojito
    We love this Watermelon Mojito, a fruity twist on the classic Cuban Mojito. This perfectly pink concoction of sweet watermelon (especially great when we have tons in our fridge), rum and mint is guaranteed to cool you down on a hot summer day. GET THE RECIPE HERE
  • #19 Strawberry Margarita
    #19 Strawberry Margarita
    How do we get in our daily serving of fruit? We drink it, of course. This easy Strawberry Margarita recipe is the best, a combination of sweet strawberries, tart lime, tequila and triple sec. GET THE RECIPE HERE
  • #18 Cotton Candy Milkshake
    #18 Cotton Candy Milkshake
    Nothing brings out our inner kid more than fluffy, sweet spun sugar known as cotton candy, so it shouldn't surprise you that we begged and whined until Chef Lisa whipped up this easy, fantastically creamy Cotton Candy Milkshake. Hooray! GET THE RECIPE HERE
  • #17 Lemon Ginger Beer Shandy
    #17 Lemon Ginger Beer Shandy
    What happens when the lemonade stand and the keg collide? The perfectly refreshing and delicious beer shandy drink recipe that combines lager beer with ginger ale and lemonade. GET THE RECIPE HERE
  • #16 Pink Lemonade Martini
    #16 Pink Lemonade Martini
    Think pink with this pink lemonade vodka martini, a cocktail made with lemonade,Limoncello, vodka and cranberry juice. GET THE RECIPE HERE
  • #15 Strawberry Pink Lemonade Milkshake
    #15 Strawberry Pink Lemonade Milkshake
    Want to know why we call her Lemonade Lisa? Blend up this cool and creamy Strawberry Pink Lemonade Milkshake and find out. GET THE RECIPE HERE
  • #14 Spike Peanut Butter Cup Milkshake
    #14 Spike Peanut Butter Cup Milkshake
    Shake things up with this tasty grown-up Peanut Butter Cup Milkshake, a combination of chocolate, peanut butter and caramel liqueur. GET THE RECIPE HERE
  • #13 Frozen Hot Chocolate
    #13 Frozen Hot Chocolate
    Forget burning your tongue on hot chocolate - now you can suffer brain freeze! Thanks to this Frozen Hot Chocolate, an icy, easy and delicious blend of milk, chocolate and ice, you're going to have trouble taking small sips. GET THE RECIPE HERE
  • #12 Black Dragon Cocktail
    #12 Black Dragon Cocktail
    Get ready to slay the beast with this Black Dragon Cocktail recipe, a killer combo of raspberries and dragon fruit-flavored rum, orange liqueur, mint and lime. Yup, this delicious cocktail will make anyone into a wild thing! GET THE RECIPE HERE
  • #11 Pop Rocks Martini
    #11 Pop Rocks Martini
    Get ready to light up your next party with this poppin' Pop Rocks Martini. GET THE RECIPE HERE
  • #10 Sunset Pomegranate Martini
    #10 Sunset Pomegranate Martini
    Did you know you can get some vitamin C and antioxidants in a martini? Well, you can (trace amounts, perhaps) in this Sunset Martini Cocktail, a shake-up of orange juice, pomegranate juice, vodka and peach schnapps. Finally, a fruit-filled, "healthy" martini. GET THE RECIPE HERE
  • #9 Blueberry Mojito
    #9 Blueberry Mojito
    Taste warm summer days and perfect sunsets with this fruity combo of refreshing mint, sweet blueberries and tart lime. GET THE RECIPE HERE
  • #8 Jalapeño Margarita
    #8 Jalapeño Margarita
    Put a spring in your step with this kick-in- the-pants Jalapeño Margarita recipe. The fresh lime juice will have you puckering up and, combined with triple sec and tequila, this spicy, savory and surprising margarita is guaranteed to bring the fire to your fiesta. GET THE RECIPE HERE
  • #7 The Ultimate Mint Jelep
    #7 The Ultimate Mint Jelep
    This is the best mint julep recipe for a refreshing and deliciously icy hot summer day drink. GET THE RECIPE HERE
  • #6 Snack in the Grass Cocktail
    #6 Snack in the Grass Cocktail
    A sneaky person is a snake in the grass, but so too is this incredibly tasty Snake in the Grass cocktail, a winning combination (vodka! creme de menthe! lemonade!) that'll sneak up on you! GET THE RECIPE HERE
  • #5 Limoncello Gin Martini
    #5 Limoncello Gin Martini
    Get transported to Southern Italy with this refreshingly delicious Limoncello Gin Martini, a cocktail that features the zesty liqueur along with gin, lemon juice and simple syrup. Salute! GET THE RECIPE HERE
  • #4 The Best Champagne Brunch Punch
    #4 The Best Champagne Brunch Punch
    Looking for sunshine in a pitcher? Well, you've got it with this incredibly easy Champagne Punch recipe, a citrusy combo of orange, lemon and lime juice, along with sparkling champagne. Every pour is summer in a glass! GET THE RECIPE HERE
  • #3 Orange Creamsicle Milkshake
    #3 Orange Creamsicle Milkshake
    Take a trip down memory lane with this Orange Creamsicle Milkshake Recipe, a frosty shake that tastes exactly like the classic orange popsicle filled with creamy vanilla ice cream. GET THE RECIPE HERE
  • #2 Berry Slush
    #2 Berry Slush
    Look out 7-Eleven. After sipping this super quick, easy and delicious Berry Blue Slush, we're considering opening our very own chain (8-Twelve?), where we can sell our scrumptious, thirst-quenching slushies. GET THE RECIPE HERE
  • #1 Citrus Mint Sangria
    #1 Citrus Mint Sangria
    While we don't like to mess with what works (read: wine), we love taking things up a notch with this perfect Citrus Mint Sangria, a refreshing combination of lemons, limes, fresh mint and dry white wine. GET THE RECIPE HERE

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