Mix a great drink without a fully stocked bar. These cocktails, spritzers, and punches will bring a festive sparkle to your evenings.
Pepper Jelly Margaritas
Recipe: Pepper Jelly Margaritas
As the name implies, these unique drinks are mixed with green pepper jelly. Make this Southern-style margarita your signature cocktail at your next get-together.
Recipe: Honeysuckle-Watermelon Cocktail
We used Mississippi's Cathead Honeysuckle Flavored Vodka to give the cocktail a delicate floral note, but plain vodka works too.
Recipe: Watermelon Bellini
Whirl up any summer melon in this refreshing sipper. For a nonalcoholic option, replace the sparkling wine with sparkling white grape juice, sparkling cider, or club soda.
Peach-Basil Iced Tea
Recipe: Peach-Basil Iced Tea
An alternative to the Southern standard that is still sweet, and a flavorful morning refreshment.
Recipe: Lemon-Mint Sparklers
Make the Lemon-Mint Syrup a week ahead, and keep cold. Chill the club soda, too, but mix the drink just before serving to keep it nice and fizzy. Use leftover syrup to make boozy Lemon-Mint-Bourbon Sparklers for the grown-ups in your crowd, and set up a self-serve beverage station with fresh lemon and mint leaves.
Homemade Cherry Soda
Recipe: Homemade Cherry Soda
Sipping on this sweet, juicy libation on a game day is absolute bliss. For a finishing touch, serve it over ice in a mason jar.
Classic Margaritas on the Rocks
These are amazingly smooth-tasting when you use good-quality tequila and orange liqueur. Be sure to thoroughly shake the mixture with ice before serving on the rocks.
Recipe: Classic Margaritas on the Rocks
Cucumber Gin & Tonic
Recipe: Cucumber Gin & Tonic
Fresh cucumber and a lime wedge give this refreshing sipper a pretty presentation.
Recipe: Tomato-Tequila Fizz
It's not just for looks; garnishing adds fragrance and flavor to any cocktail. Here, grape tomato halves with a spring of mint bring color and a note of freshness.
Apple-Pie Infused Bourbon
Recipe: Apple Pie-Infused Bourbon
Turn a plain bottle of hooch into a top-shelf indulgence, infused with sweet autumn ﬂavor. At 7 ounces, these cute corked bottles are the perfect size for gifts ($2.09 each; specialtybottle.com). You can also use mini mason jars or any other food-safe glass container with a lid.
Download: Infused Bourbon Labels
Recipe: Mexican Sangría
If you order sangría below the border, you may be surprised to find it's not laden with chunks of fruit and lacks the extra liqueur kick usually expected from Spanish sangría. Mexican Sangría is light and refreshing, like a grown-up wine cooler.
Recipe: Cucumber-Ginger Limeade
Try this cooler with gin, vodka, rum, or tequila.