The Southern Babes Summer Cocktail List

Summer in New Orleans is tricky. Sure there is sunshine and tons of things to do, but it can also be brutally hot and the humidity can ruin any babe’s blow out. Despite all of our complaints, there is one good thing about summertime: enjoying all of the ice cold cocktails. So whether you are chilling by the pool, planning a beach getaway, or just inviting friends to sit on the porch and watch the sunset, these are the cocktails that any Southern belle should know how to make.

Planter’s Punch

Said to have originated in North Carolina, Planter’s Punch is basically a rum punch, but cuter! Great for hanging by the pool and even better if made frozen, this cocktail will get the party started at any of your summertime events.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 1/2 parts of Dark Rum
  • Orange, pineapple & lemon juice
  • Grenadine syrup
  • Simple syrup *
  • Orange slice and & a cherry for garnish

**Simple syrup can be easily made by boiling 1 parts sugar for 2 parts water

Shake over ice and pour into your favorite tall glass, garnish with an orange. Sit back and taste summer.

Skinny Margarita

I don’t know about you babes, but there is nothing worse than ordering a marg and getting an ultra sugary lime green beverage in return. A margarita should be somewhat sour, with a just a tinge of sugar. When you mix too much sugar in a margarita or use pre-made mixtures, it’s just unnecessary calories and it makes your stomach hurt. Not to mention it will make your hangover SO much worse. Instead, if you love tequila like I do in the summertime, try to make skinny margaritas instead. Your bikini body will thank you and you’ll be able to drink way more of them in the sun!

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 oz of clear tequila
  • Club soda
  • Limes
  • Orange liqueur or orange juice
  • Salt

skinny margs

OG Daiquiri

So if you’re a New Orleans babe then you know that nothing spells summer like a daiquiri. However, that sugary sweet neon-colored drink you see tourists spilling all over Bourbon Street, that isn’t a real daiquiri. In fact, the daiquiri didn’t even originate in New Orleans, most think it hails from Cuba. A real daiquiri is very light and refreshing and won’t give you a hangover from hell.

daquiri recipe

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 1/2 oz of light rum
  • Raw sugar, simple syrup or agave nectar
  • Lime juice

Shake all that over ice, strain and pour! Sure you don’t have to go through a drive through to get it but it’s just as fun to drink.


What would summer be without our most precious resource, Frosé? If you’re a longtime babe’s reader then you already know that the Frosé from Willa Jean is our perfect summer happy hour cocktail. You would be amazed how easy it is to make (let’s be honest, Frosé is just a wine slushie that you can Instagram).  Blend up a round of Frosés for your friends after brunch and before you hit the Fly for the makings of a perfect summer day.


frose recipe

What You’ll Need:

  • 3/4 cup of your choice of rosé
  • Simple syrup
  • Ice

Blend all together and serve for the perfect summer sipping. If you are making a big batch, add in a few shots of vodka for an extra kick, and frozen strawberries for easier blending 😉

Mexican Mule

Now we all love our Moscow Mules, but a Mexican Mule in the summer is a great way to get any party started. You use all of your same basics: ginger beer, lime juice, just substitute the vodka for tequila! A great drink to pre-game to or share on that patio Bumble date. Salud!

mexican mule recipe

What You’ll Need:

There’s our list gang! Tell us what favorite summer cocktails you’re drinking and be sure to tag us if you make any of these for your friends. Drink responsibly babes!

Morgan, Contributor

Morgan is a long-time New Orleanian and graduate from UNO interested in all things artistic, alcoholic and altruistic. She enjoys exploring New Orleans, finding budget-friendly fun and petting every dog she sees.

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