Frozen Gin Fizz1/54
We know, we know. Blender drinks are for sissies--or so you may think. If that's the case, take a sip of this stiff riff on the gin and tonic. Then get back to us.
Sweet tea. Whiskey. Lemon juice. That's all it takes to make a sassy summertime cocktail you'll want to sip all afternoon long.
This Italian sipper swirls together vodka, Prosecco, and lemon sorbet to ridiculously satiating, giggle-inducing effect.
When you want something to sip all night (or all day) without getting tipsy and without feeling like you're being deprived, this inspired riff on a classic is what you want. Simply red wine spiked with ginger syrup and a splash of seltzer.
That froufrou blender drink dolloped with whipped cream? Imposter. This is what you really want. Rum, lime juice, and just a touch of something sweet.
Mint. Muddled. Mine. When we've got this gin-based mojito on our minds, those are about the only words we can muster. Well, maybe add "More."
If ever a drink symbolized an era, the bright pink, citric Cosmopolitan SCREAMS the 1990s and then into the present.
The customary morning-after equivalent of a Bloody Mary in Mexico—except this is lighter, less tomato-y, and all around lovelier.
Rumor has it "mojito" translates roughly as "little spell." We'll willingly fall under the spell of rum, mint, and sugar any day.
Stunning and sophisticated, this cocktail relies on rhubarb for tartness, orange for intrigue, sugar for sweetness, and tequila for an afternoon nap.
Sadly, there are only a very spare number of weeks each summer when we're privy to white peaches. Here's what to do with them while you can.
What, pray tell, is a mean shandy, you ask? Think of a regular shandy with a spirited streak. There you have it.
Southern Sweet Tea13/54
Nothing slakes thirst, quells worries, and comes together with such ease quite like Southern sweet tea.
It was a dark and stormy night...oops. We mean, this stiff yet slightly sweet cocktail is certain to thunder through your evening.
Mexican Bloody Mary15/54
Call it what you will, this cocktail is equal parts Mexican Bloody Mary, riff on a michelada, and a simple but satisfying tomato beer.
“To die dreaming” is what this moniker means. And that's exactly what you'll want to do after succumbing to this spiked creamsicle cocktail.
This gin-spiked sparkling lemonade is perfect for sweltering summer afternoons. And, fittingly, it couldn't be easier to toss together.
Jalapeno Mint Julep18/54
Always craved a little something more as you've knocked back your mint julep? Then you need this jalapeño mint julep recipe.
Anyone else ready for another weekend? If so, we've got an especially seasonal riff on the sultry Spanish sipper that'll get everyone in the mood...for what, you tell us.
Blue as the blue lagoon, this conversation-starting cocktail tastes as stunning as it looks. Blue margarita magic.
The author calls this cocktail a "Bicycle" because, in his words, "once you are on, you are on, just keep pedaling, have another."
There are those people who feel a frozen margarita is a lesser margarita. We are not those people.
Blender drinks don't get much boozier than this rendition of that raid-the-liquor-cabinet classic. Umbrella optional.
This apricot daiquiri will erase your outdated notion of the daiquiri as a cloying girlie blender drink. And it'll exponentially up your summer entertaining game.
The official Spanish summer sipper. And, for those who don't care for sodden, wimpy, mushy fruit in their cocktail, we include a nifty little party trick.
A simple, satiating, summery Vietnamese tradition known as ca phe sua da, this seductive classic is simply coffee, ice, and sweet, sweet, sweetened condensed milk. Here's how to succumb at home.
A gentle and genteel sipper, this libation draws on gin, cucumber, club soda, mint, and the lilt of lemon as a solution to lazy, languid summer nights.
Taken neat, on the rocks, or with a stealth shot of tequila, we think you'll find no fault with this drink that's designed for the dog days of summer.
This swanky sangria relies on a pretty pink rosé and some seriously stunning summer fruits for its sassy and savvy look and taste.
You've no doubt heard the hype about turmeric being anti-inflammatory and healing. But the reason this turmeric lemonade rocks our world is its beguilingly subtle collision of earthy and spicy and sweet.
A sweetly tart, subtly flavored, gently intoxicating, remarkably refreshing summer sipper in a fetching shade of pink.
The quintessential something to sip at an elegant soirée, a large party, or just because it’s a random Tuesday night.
Learn firsthand the virtues of tea made from fresh mint versus a teabag—and yes, said virtues include ease and simplicity.
Oh, what a way to start a day! Just shake yourself this citrusy martini and take the rest of the morning—and afternoon—off from all your troubles.
A rhubarb sour made with gin is probably not how your grandma chose to use those sweetly tart spring stalks. Her loss.
More tart than sweet is what you'll find this perfectly puckery little limeade to be. And that's exactly the way it was always intended to be.
This simple elixir, er, spritzer draws on sweet cherries, tart lime, and sugar syrup. Splash into sparkling wine or seltzer as needed throughout the dog days of summer.
Normally we have an issue with people talking fresh to us. But in the case of these agua frescas, or fresh flavored waters, we're all ears.
Rosemary Lemon Drop39/54
This classy little number shamelessly flaunts its herbal notes, making it as suave and cosmopolitan as far more complicated, not to mention classic, cocktails.
The only real trick to this stiff summery sensation is resisting the temptation to snitch a swig before it's time.
We can't promise that this cucumber water will detox you, but we can assure you that it'll make hydrating a heck of a lot more pleasant.
Rhubarb vodka. Yep. It's a thing. And you're going to want to make this tipsy spring tonic again and again and again.
French 75 Cocktail43/54
A sophisticated cocktail that's made drinkers swoon for more than a century thanks to the warm hush of Cognac, the sweetly tart lilt of lemon, and the effusive effervescence of Champagne.
This Campari Fizz aperitif juxtaposes the herby, bitter taste of Campari with the sweetness of sparkling wine to stunning effect.
A sprightly summer cocktail, this vibrant variant on a Pimm's Cup is a wham bam grand slam of booze, orange, lemon, cucumber, mint, and lemon-lime soda.
Flor de Jerez46/54
This flor de Jerez recipe is tart and complex and only slightly intoxicating. Just the qualities we seek in a cocktail we'd love to sip forever.
Pucker up, cuz you're going to want to sip the bejeebers out of this ridiculously easy, sweetly tart lemonade. Wowza.
Crisp white wine, Cointreau, plenty of citrus, and sparkling water collide in this sipper that you can succumb to without regretting in the morning.
How to Infuse Water49/54
Why spend half your paycheck on pricey infused waters when you can make them at home? It's easy, inexpensive, and lovely.
This pina colada recipe is made with rum, cream of coconut, and pineapple, and couldn't be easier. We also think it's even better than the classic.
Cuba Libre. Essentially a rum and Coke with a twist of lime. But cocktails are always so much more intoxicating when they come with a fancy-sounding name, don't you agree?
St. Germain Cocktail52/54
St. Germain, sparkling wine, and soda water. Lightly effervescent, slightly inebriating, and thoroughly enjoyable.
Made with gin, cucumber, simple syrup, and lime, this is simply a slight riff on a classic cocktail with a twist...or rather, a slice.
An Italian classic. And it's ridiculously easy to make at home with just lemons, sugar, vodka, and a little patience.