Summer cookouts are the perfect opportunity to gather with friends and family and enjoy the sunshine and the delicious flavors of the season. Whether you’re firing up the grill, mixing refreshing drinks, or whipping up tasty sides, something about a summer feast brings everyone together.

friends toasting at an outdoor happy hour cookout

Here are some of my family’s favorite summer happy hour recipes to make your next cookout a hit!

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The cocktail

a glass of piña colada spritzer
Joyful Healthy Eats - get the recipe

This refreshing Piña Colada Spritzer cocktail recipe comes from Krista at Joyful Healthy Eats. A perfect mix of tropical flavors to cool you down on a hot summer day.

The Mocktail

a small glass with non-alcoholic piña colada punch garnished with a pineapple slice and cherry
Playdates to Parties - get the recipe

Leslie at Playdates to Parties brings us this delightful non-alcoholic Piña Colada Punch. It’s a family-friendly twist on the classic Piña Colada.

The Protein

smash burger sliders on a table
Dad with a Pan - get the recipe

Derek from Dad with a Pan shares his delicious recipe for Smash Burger Sliders. Juicy and flavorful, these sliders are a summer grilling must-have.

The Veggie

asparagus and parmesan cheese coming out of the oven
MomsDish - get the recipe

Natalya at MomsDish created this tasty, healthy veggie side – Crispy Baked Parmesan Asparagus. Baked to crispy perfection, these Parmesan asparagus spears will surely be a hit.

The Salad

a large bowl of 3 bean salad with lots of veggies
The Harvest Kitchen - get the recipe

Deborah at The Harvest Kitchen offers this refreshing and nutritious Mediterranean Bean Salad. It’s packed with Mediterranean flavors and is a great addition to any meal.

The Nosh

2 jars of pickles - 1 slices, 1 spears - great summer happy hour recipe
The Grateful Girl Cooks - get the recipe

These homemade Crunchy Garlic Dill Pickles from The Grateful Girl Cooks are crunchy and tangy. They’re the perfect snack or burger topping.

The Sweet

Eton Mess - strawberries, meringue, and whipped cream
Serious Eats - get the recipe

The delightfully famous Eton Mess is featured on Serious Eats. It combines fresh berries, whipped cream, and meringue for a light and sweet ending to your summer feast.

With these mouthwatering summer happy hour recipes in your repertoire, your cookouts will surely be a success. From refreshing beverages to satisfying main dishes and delectable desserts, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

So fire up the grill, gather your loved ones, and celebrate the joy of summer with these irresistible dishes. Cheers to good food, great company, and unforgettable memories!

Keep Dancing, Darlene