There is no better time for sipping a rose-colored drink than summer. From a sparkling Rosé-Aperol Spritz to a bold Salted Watermelon Margarita, discover our favorite drinks to sip poolside this summer.

Recipes courtesy of Bon Appétit.

Rosé-Aperol Spritz

Recipe by Rick Martinez | Photo by Laura Murray

Look for the passion fruit juice in the boxed juice section of your grocery store—our favorite brand is Ceres. It’s got the perfect sweet-sour flavor to bridge the gap between the fruity wine and slightly bitter Aperol.


¾ cup passion fruit juice, chilled
¼ cup Aperol
¼ cup fresh lime juice
4 teaspoons sugar
1 750ml bottle sparkling rosé, chilled
Ruby red grapefruit wedges (for serving)


Step 1 – Whisk passion fruit juice, Aperol, lime juice, and sugar in a large pitcher until sugar is dissolved. Stir in rosé.

Step 2 – Serve spritz in large ice-filled wine glasses. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge.

Salted Watermelon Margarita

Recipe by Molly Baz | Photo By Chelsie Craig, Food Styling By Molly Baz, Prop Styling By Emily Eisen

If a classic Margarita recipe (on the rocks with salt) is undeniably perfect for you, then this watermelon version will exceed all your notions of cocktail perfection. It’s refreshing, naturally sweet without added sugar, and just look at that color.


Kosher salt
1 lime wheel
3 oz. Salted Watermelon Juice or fresh watermelon juice
1½ oz. tequila blanco
¾ oz. fresh lime juice


Step 1 – Place some salt on a small plate. Rub rim of an old-fashioned or rocks glass with lime wheel (reserve for serving); dip in salt.

Step 2 – Combine watermelon juice, tequila, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice, cover, and shake vigorously until outside of shaker is very cold, about 20 seconds. Strain cocktail through a Hawthorne strainer or a slotted spoon into prepared glass. Garnish with reserved lime wheel.


Recipe by Bon Appétit Test Kitchen | Photograph By Isa Zapata, Food Styling By Micah Morton

The paloma is the epitome of a no-fuss summer cocktail. This paloma recipe swaps grapefruit soda for fresh juice and club soda, which allows you to rein in the sweetness as you please.


Kosher salt
1 grapefruit wedge
2 oz. fresh grapefruit juice (¼ cup)
½ oz. fresh lime juice (1 tablespoon)
1 teaspoon sugar
2 oz. mezcal or tequila (¼ cup)
2 oz. club soda (¼ cup)


Step 1 – Pour some kosher salt on a plate. Rub half of rim of a highball glass with grapefruit wedge; dip rim of glass in salt.

Step 2 – Combine grapefruit juice, lime juice, and sugar in glass; stir until sugar is dissolved. Stir in mezcal, add ice, and top off with club soda. Garnish with grapefruit wedge.

Honey-Berry-Kombucha Spritzer

Recipe by Zaynab Issa | Photo By Isa Zapata, Food Styling By Thu Buser, Prop Styling By Stephanie De Luca

Think of this refreshing, tangy spritzer as a shrub shortcut. Let your muddler master the task of incorporating those mouthwateringly tart flavors while sweet berries, earthy mint, and floral honey bring balance.


4 oz. fresh blackberries or other juicy, tender fruit
⅓ cup mint or basil leaves; plus more for serving (optional)
1 Tbsp. (or more) honey
½ tsp. Diamond Crystal or ¼ tsp. Morton kosher salt
32 oz. kombucha


Step 1 – Place 4 oz. fresh blackberries or other juicy, tender fruit, ⅓ cup mint or basil leaves, 1 Tbsp. honey, and ½ tsp. Diamond Crystal or ¼ tsp. Morton kosher salt in a large pitcher and muddle until very well combined and blackberries are completely smashed and syrupy. Add 32 oz. kombucha and stir gently to combine. Taste spritzer and add more honey if desired.

Step 2 – Strain spritzer into tall glasses filled with ice and garnish each with a sprig of mint or basil if desired.

Salty Grapefruit Refresher

Recipe by Kendra Vaculin | Photo By Isa Zapata, Food Styling By Thu Buser, Prop Styling By Stephanie De Luca

Here we tap into that balancing flavor profile with a combination of preserved lemon purée (made from whole preserved lemons, bitter rind and all) and grapefruit juice. The salt in the preserved lemon also helps to keep things from tilting into soda territory; the result is like a grown-up Gatorade you’ll want to sip all summer long.


1½ cups fresh grapefruit juice
1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
2 tsp. preserved lemon purée (such as NY Shuk)
Club soda and grapefruit and lime wheels (for serving)


Step 1 – Stir 1½ cups fresh grapefruit juice, 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice, and 2 tsp. preserved lemon purée in a small pitcher to combine.

Step 2 – Divide juice mixture among 4 highball glasses filled with ice; top off with club soda. Stir gently and garnish each drink with a grapefruit wheel and a lime wheel.