Over 75 of our favorite easy summer recipes

Summertime calls for backyard barbecues, graduation parties and potluck picnics. So impress your family and friends with these easy summer recipes you'll all be raving about come fall.

While classics like hot dogs and hamburgers will always fare well, surprise taste buds with a chili cheese topping or a side of sweet potato fries. For a more elevated meal, try an oven-baked barbecue brisket with an heirloom tomato salad.

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And don't think we forgot—this heat calls for some refreshing cocktails! Sit back and relax with a strawberry chamomile paloma or toast to the long weekends with a golden peach slushy. (Then, revel in the fact that summer Fridays and long weekends mean more time to sleep in.)

You can view all of our favorite easy summer recipes in the slideshow above!

Not in the mood for a hangover? See our favorite summer mocktail recipes below: