Favorite Summer Drink Recipes

Get inspired with our favorite summer drinks and cocktails like sangria, mojitos, iced tea and more from Food Network.

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Watermelon Lemonade Slushie

This slushie is as beautiful as it is refreshing. Fresh basil is the secret ingredient: Steep it in a simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water), then remove it before blending the slushie, so it adds a subtle herbaceous note.

Get the Recipe: Watermelon Lemonade Slushie

Ice Cream Maker Margaritas

Slushy margaritas are just one more thing you can throw together in your ice cream maker. Chill the sweetened tequila-lime base ahead of time so that your cocktails churn up more quickly.

Get the Recipe: Ice Cream Maker Margaritas

The New Frose

Can frose (slushy, frozen rose wine) get any easier? With the help of a blender and ice cream maker, it certainly can.

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Sangria Slushie

Consider this sangria 2.0. Your favorite Spanish beverage has gone slushy thanks to some clever homemade red wine ice cubes and a blender.

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Yo-Ho-Ho and a Bottle of Rum Punch

There's a little extra love in this Caribbean rum punch, and it's not the freshly squeezed orange and lime juice or the fun ice-and-fruit float — it's taking the time to make your own spiced rum. It's super simple, and you can totally steal the rum recipe to make and give to friends and family (or a pirate).

Get the Recipe: Yo-Ho-Ho and a Bottle of Rum Punch

Mojito Limeade

Bobby's crowd-sized mojito gets a triple dose of lime: It's muddled in at the beginning with mint leaves, added to the lime-mint syrup, then poured in with rum and club soda at the end.

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Cucumber Pineapple Tequila Cooler

This smooth summer cocktail made with pineapple and cucumber juices is perfectly balanced — not too sweet.

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Mojito

Fresh mint sprigs or spearmint are the secret to this classic summertime cocktail that features light rum.

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Limoncello

Giada makes her own limoncello with just lemon peel and vodka then lets it steep for four days. Add a bit of simple syrup to the mixture and let it sit overnight before straining. You can drink it straight or add it to cocktails.

Get the Recipe: Limoncello

White Sangria

Rachael's sangria takes five to 10 minutes to assemble in a large pitcher. Take the time to prepare it in the morning so the sangria has several hours to develop its fruity flavor. Pull it out when dinner is ready to serve that evening.

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Ginger-Peach Beer Cooler

Giada combines peach nectar and fresh summer peaches with light beer for a simple cocktail that's ready to serve a crowd.

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Ginger Lemongrass Pina Colada

Make a ginger and lemongrass syrup to sweeten this twist on the classic pina colada.

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Earl Grey Tea and Blueberry Spritzer

Just five simple ingredients make this sophisticated and beautiful summer drink. The iced tea and simple syrup can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to a week. Keep them on hand, then just pop open a bottle of sparkling wine and mix the drinks when guests arrive.

Get the Recipe: Earl Grey Tea and Blueberry Spritzer

Watermelon Martinis

Combine frozen watermelon puree with vodka and melon liqueur for a smooth and frosty cocktail. Garnish with a lemon twist for a playful touch.

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Fresh Peach Bellinis

Ina spoons dollops of peach puree into elegant glasses before topping them off with cold Prosecco.

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Red Wine Sangria

Bobby combines orange juice and pomegranate juice with Spanish table wine, brandy and triple sec as the base for this sangria that's filled with oranges, apples, blackberries and pomegranate seeds.

Get the Recipe: Red Wine Sangria

Watermelon Mai Tai

Ted Allen puts a fresher, summery twist on this classic rum cocktail by replacing the usual orgeat syrup with cubed watermelon for just the right touch of sweetness.

Get the Recipe: Watermelon Mai Tai

Blackberry Gin Fizz Float

Sunny's boozy blackberry float will please dessert lovers and cocktail enthusiasts alike. 

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Frozen Mojito

Bobby throws fresh mint into the blender for his frosty drink.

Get the Recipe: Frozen Mojito

The Cherry-Chipotle Cooler

This potent tequila cocktail packs a punch of heat thanks to chipotle puree in the mix and chipotle powder rimming the glasses.

Get the Recipe: The Cherry-Chipotle Cooler

Prosecco Punch

Jazz up your punch bowl with large ice cubes bursting with berries. Trisha fills muffin tins halfway with a white grape and pomegranate juice mixture before dropping a few raspberries and pomegranate seeds in each.

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Watermelon Punch Keg

Expect guests to do a double take when they see your watermelon with a tap attached — and to come back for seconds after sampling the spiked punch concealed within.

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Pineapple-Raspberry Rum Refresher

Melissa's fruity cooler combines muddled raspberries with pineapple juice, coconut water, mint and light rum. For a nonalcoholic refresher, omit the rum and top with 1 ounce of sparkling water.

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Passion Fruit Hurricane

Ted gives this New Orleans classic a frosty makeover by combining the rum, grapefruit juice and passion fruit puree with ice in a blender. 

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Margarita

Alton's margarita is zesty, fresh and absolutely fabulous. Silver tequila, lime juice, salt and agave nectar are all present, but fresh orange juice is the real secret behind these wonderful margaritas.

Get the Recipe: Margarita

Blackberry and Gin Slushie

Alex Guarnaschelli blitzes macerated blackberries, gin, club soda and lime juice in the blender for an icy grownups-only summer treat.

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Blueberry Lemonade

For those who love a fruitier flavor, mix up a batch of this blueberry lemonade. A bunch of fresh, sugary blueberries add a seasonal twist to the classic lemonade.

Get the Recipe: Blueberry Lemonade

Mint Julep

Bobby's classic mint julep is filled with bourbon whiskey, mint, sugar and water.

Get the Recipe: Mint Julep

Cucumber Cocktail

Bobby uses cucumber vodka and cucumber juice to make these refreshingly crisp summer cocktails.

Get the Recipe: Cucumber Cocktail

Pimm's Cup Cocktail

This British cocktail is perfect for a summer party. The trick is to mix it in advance so you can spend more time mingling.

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White Sangria

This drink is an inexpensive way to serve a crowd. You can buy inexpensive wine and a small bottle of brandy to get started.

Get the Recipe: White Sangria

Raspberry Lemonade

Ree Drummond's kid-friendly drink pairs from-scratch lemonade with frozen raspberries.

Get the Recipe: Raspberry Lemonade

Pina Colada

If you like pina coladas, then you'll love this classic version with pineapple juice, coconut cream and both white and dark rum.

Get the Recipe: Pina Colada

Sweet Tea Mojito

It's Miami Beach meets the Old South: Combine the mint, rum and turbinado sugar from the classic mojito with ice-cold black tea.

Get the Recipe: Sweet Tea Mojito

Sandra's Tropical Temptation

"Tropical Temptation is truly summer vacation in a glass," says Sandra. "The best part is that you don't have to go away, you can enjoy it with your friends and family at your next party."

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Ultimate Margarita

Tyler uses giant glasses to hold these gold tequila and freshly squeezed lime juice margaritas.

Get the Recipe: Ultimate Margarita

Sparkling Wine Sangria (Sangria de Cava)

Daisy Martinez uses well chilled Cava (Spanish sparkling wine) and berries for her sangria that is great for drinking at brunch.

Get the Recipe: Sparkling Wine Sangria (Sangria de Cava)

Cucumber and Lime Gin Fizz

Anne's twist on the gin and tonic relies on fresh ingredients, like cilantro, mint, cucumber and lime juice, for its bright flavor.

Get the Recipe: Cucumber and Lime Gin Fizz

Grilled Arnold Palmer Cocktail

The unboozy Arnold Palmer-named after the golfer-is a mix of half lemonade and half iced tea. Keep the tea and add grilled-lemon lemonade and a shot of bourbon for a sophisticated, not-too-sweet take on this favorite summer drink.

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Tonga Mai Tai

The Mai Tai sprung up alongside the Tiki culture craze in mid-20th century America; the Tonga is a tasty departure from the classic, with orange and pineapple juice, almond-flavored syrup and a maraschino cherry garnish.

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Cucumber-Mint Gimlets

Cucumber, mint, lemon and a touch of sugar get muddled together for one cool and refreshing gin gimlet.

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Long Island Iced Tea

This cocktail has a little bit of everything: vodka, gin, white rum, white tequila and Triple Sec.

Get the Recipe: Long Island Iced Tea

Frozen Watermelon Margaritas

Pureed watermelon is the base of this fruity margarita, topped off with tequila, lime juice and orange liqueur. Garnish with a cube of watermelon for a playful touch.

Get the Recipe: Frozen Watermelon Margaritas

Grapefruit Sparklers

These fruity cocktails get their kick from a splash of Campari.

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Fresh Pina Coladas

Nothing is better on a sweltering summer day than a cool, refreshing pina colada made with fresh coconut water.

Get the Recipe: Fresh Pina Coladas

Sandra's Strawberry Orange Daiquiri

Sandra says, "This delicious frozen treat made with fresh strawberries and oranges will keep your thirst at bay all summer long."

Get the Recipe: Strawberry Orange Daiquiri

Mule-ade

A traditional Moscow Mule mixes vodka with lime, sugar and ginger beer (the classic cocktail was devised in the 1940s by a producer of ginger beer). We give ours more depth and zip by infusing maple syrup with fresh ginger and adding club soda for bubbles.

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Coconut Mojito

Add coconut water to a classic mojito for a new spin on this light rum favorite.

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Raspberry Mimosa

This brunch (or anytime) cocktail features fresh, muddled raspberries and is finished with champagne or prosecco.

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Americano

Equal parts sweet vermouth and Campari form a mildly bitter and spicy aperitif.

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Pimm and Proper Ice Cream Floats

Sunny mixes Pimm's No. 1 Cup, a spicy, citrusy gin, with homemade strawberry syrup, strawberry ice cream and lemon soda for a simple summer dessert with a kick.

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High-Tea Cocktail

Spice up black tea with ginger and cardamom, then spike it up with gin, vermouth and orange bitters.

Get the Recipe: High-Tea Cocktail

Simple Singapore Sling

Developed in the early 20th century at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, this simple take on the Sling shakes together pineapple juice, gin, grenadine and a squeeze of lime.

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Lychee-Mint Spritzers

Bubbly and fresh, this mint and lime spritzer gets an unusual hit of flavor from a handful of lychees, a fruit native to China.

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Honey Lemon-Drop Martini

Replace sweet vermouth with fresh lemon juice in this refreshing summer take on a classic martini. For an added touch of sweetness, flavor the martini with Honey Syrup, made with equal parts honey and water.

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Meloncello

Colorful sanding sugar is a cheerful way to rim the glass of this fruity watermelon, limoncello and rum cocktail.

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Green Hornet

Pureed mint and cilantro give this drink its striking chartreuse color. Rub the rims of your glasses with jalapeno and lime, then dip in salt and sugar for flavor contrast with every sip!

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Peppery Punch

Please your whole party with a '70s throwback punch. This spiced gin version has a hint of ground pepper.

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Red Ruby Sangria

It doesn't get any prettier than this cocktail that features a deep red pomegranate juice and fun star fruit.

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Rosemary Julep

Ted revises the traditional mint julep by replacing the mint with rosemary, an earthier-tasting herb. Start by preparing a rosemary syrup by simmering sugar, water and rosemary sprigs in a saucepan until the sugar has dissolved. 

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Paloma Margaritas

While the base of this margarita is tequila, it's definitely not traditional. Grapefruit juice and grapefruit soda give it a unique flavor.

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Orange Mojito

Muddle oranges and limes with sugar and rum for a citrus take on the classic mojito.

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Whole Citrus Margarita

Put tangy citrus fruit like oranges, lemons and limes through a juicer before combining them with tequila for a super fresh margarita.

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Lemon Drop Cocktail

Ina's Lemon Drop Cocktail is like a glass of freshly squeezed lemonade, with just a kick of vodka.

Get the Recipe: Lemon Drop Cocktail

Peach, Raspberry and Lime Sangria

If you're hosting a summer brunch party, consider Giada's elegant sparkling sangria. Make the most of in-season fruit by using fresh peaches if you can, but frozen peaches work just as well.

Get the Recipe: Peach, Raspberry and Lime Sangria

Virgin Watermelon Cape Codders

Top pureed watermelon and cranberry juice with seltzer for a simple summer drink.

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Watermelon Mojitos

Add chunks of in season watermelon to classic rum mojitos.

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Cherry Lime Ricky

Muddle fresh, pitted cherries with lime and sugar before adding gin.

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Blackberry Lemonade

Make a homemade simple syrup to sweeten from-scratch lemonade that features fresh, muddled blackberries.

Get the Recipe: Blackberry Lemonade

Grown-Up Root Beer Float

Turn a classic root beer float into an adults-only drink by adding bourbon.

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Blueberry Malt Milkshake

Fresh or frozen blueberries give great color to this grown-up milkshake that has a shot of amaretto liqueur.

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Campari and Soda

Just three ingredients are needed for this colorful cocktail: Campari, seltzer and orange slices.

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Strawberry Cream Milkshake

Add raspberry liqueur to this decadent milkshake that has a secret ingredient to make it extra-creamy: cream cheese.

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Bobby Flay's Coconut-Banana Colada

This fruity, blended drink is filled with cream of coconut, bananas and crushed pineapple.

Get the Recipe: Bobby Flay's Coconut-Banana Colada

Campari Spritzer

Giada uses frozen orange juice concentrate as a shortcut for this Campari drink.

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Peach Bellini

Grate fresh peaches into a pitcher with sugar and water to create a base for your cocktail. Top it off with Prosecco when you're ready to say "cheers!"

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Mai Tai

Ina decorates her classic Mai Tais with the traditional assortment of orange slices, pineapple cubes and cocktail cherries for a tropical summertime feel. 

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Make-Ahead Cucumber-Elderflower Sangria

This fresh gin cocktail has a little bit of sweetness from limeade. Add a crunchy cucumber for garnish.

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Beer Colada

Skip the cream of coconut and a blender in favor of this crowd-pleasing colada that uses lager or light beer as its base.

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Michelada

This Mexican cocktail is best for savory drink lovers. It's a bit salty and as spicy as you prefer to make it.

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Jalapeno-Mango Mojito

This mojito starts out sweet but leaves a nice spice on your tongue thanks to sliced jalapeno peppers.

Get the Recipe: Jalapeno-Mango Mojito

Pimm's Cup

This grown-up lemonade combines the classic summer drink with Pimm's and cucumber juice.

Get the Recipe: Pimm's Cup

Pomegranate Rum Punch for a Crowd

Pomegranate juice and lemonade plus a bottle of white rum make a party-ready punch. Create an ice float the night before for your punch bowl.

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Summer Peach

This colorful cocktail features white wine, peach puree and peach-flavored vodka that's inspired by in season peaches.

Get the Recipe: Summer Peach

Shark Attack

You don't have to be near the beach for this potent drink to attack your senses. Guy Fieri brings the fire and fun with his tequila, triple sec, orange and pineapple juice cocktail.

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Scarpetta Signature San Remo Cocktail

A classic on the menu at Scott's Scarpetta restaurants, this subtly sweet drink is made with bourbon, orange liqueur and elderflower.

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Burnt Orange Negroni

Give the classic Negroni a fresh twist by charring an orange on the grill and adding a smoky slice to each glass.

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The Wild Flower

Ted's crisp cocktail gets its name from the muddled lavender that's mixed with dry white wine, elderflower liqueur, vodka and club soda.

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Pompelmo Fizz

For a cooling cocktail, Geoffrey combines gin, orange liqueur and fizzy grapefruit soda and serves it up in a chilled glass.

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Nimbu Pani Mint Julep

Give a classic mint julep an Indian accent by using black Indian rock salt in a sweet-salty simple syrup. If you can't find it, use the same amount of regular rock salt or 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt.

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Salted Caramel Shake

Blended with a shot of tequila and dulce de leche sauce, this adults-only milkshake is finished with a sprinkle of sea salt.

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Dutch Timidity

Keep it simple with this four-ingredient citrusy cocktail from Justin Warner. Creme de violette gives it a pretty purplish hue.

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Lemon-Cucumber Cocktail

The bright lemony flavor and crisp cucumber slices perfectly complement gin's piney aroma in Sandra Lee's simple summer cocktail.

Get the Recipe: Lemon-Cucumber Cocktail

Mint Julep

All you need for this classic Southern cocktail is fresh mint leaves, mint simple syrup and bourbon. Leftover simple syrup will keep in the refrigerator for one week and makes an excellent sweetener for iced tea.

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Sparkling Sangria

Cognac, lemon juice, white grape juice, sugar and fruit chill overnight to allow all of the sweet flavors of this sangria to develop. Right before serving, add a bottle of sparkling wine.

Get the Recipe: Sparkling Sangria

Caipirinha

Traditionally, this Brazilian cocktail requires just three ingredients: sugar, lime and cachaca, or distilled sugarcane juice. Ingrid gives it her own twist by adding chunks of fresh orange, lemon and mint. 

Get the Recipe: Caipirinha

Fresh Strawberry Balsamic Basil Daiquiri

Ted's sophisticated daiquiri is not overly sweet, but if you are a fan of a sweet daiquiri, you can add a drizzle of simple syrup.

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Watermelon-Coconut Cooler

Blend frozen cubed watermelon with lemon vodka, simple syrup and coconut for a cocktail that's the perfect amount of frosty for a hot summer day.

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Smoky Creamsicle Float

The combination of vanilla ice cream and orange soda perfectly mimics a creamsicle in this grown-up float. Add one ounce of mezcal for a boozy element and a touch of smoky flavor.

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Rosemary-Infused Lemonade

Marcela steeps rosemary in boiling water to give her agave-sweetened lemonade a refreshing twist.

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Spiked Sweet Tea

Lemon iced tea, summer's ultimate thirst quencher, gets a boozy makeover in this Spiked Sweet Tea recipe featuring Southern Comfort whiskey liqueur.

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Pisco Sour

The base of this frothy drink is Pisco, a traditional South American grape brandy that blends beautifully with lemon juice and bitters.

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Hibiscus Tequila Cooler

Take the sweet, mellow flavor of hibiscus tea to a new level this summer by combining it with tequila and citrus juice for a refreshing cocktail with a surprising kick. 

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Rum Punch

Pineapple juice, orange juice and grenadine come together with a pinch of nutmeg in this rum punch, striking a perfect tangy balance. 

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Red Sangria

The classic sangria, this popular mixed drink is best with a dry red wine to balance out the sweeter oranges and apples.

Get the Recipe: Red Sangria

Sidecars with Dried Cherries

Ina gives classic sidecars a summer makeover by trading the traditional orange peel garnish for a few skewered cherries. She also adds cherry juice to her cocktail shaker, which lends the drink a sweet edge.

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Blackberry-Bourbon Iced Tea

Bobby turns iced tea into an adults-only cocktail by adding good-quality bourbon like his favorite, Woodford Reserve.

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Stout Sipper

Add a little sweetness to your stout beer with berry-flavored liqueur and chocolate-flavored liqueur and there will be no need for a dessert course.

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White Grape Spritzer

Sparkling wine and grape juice are the perfect summer sip with just a little bit of bubbles.

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Double Apple Mojito

Guy's fruit-focused spin on the classic mojito adds apple juice plus red and green apple slices to the minty refresher.

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Blackberry-Black Pepper Cocktail

Trisha balances out the sweetness of summer-ripe blackberries with a pinch of coarsely ground pepper in this refreshing cocktail.

Get the Recipe: Blackberry-Black Pepper Cocktail

Lemon Moscow Mule

The secret to this cocktail is homemade limoncello, an Italian lemon liqueur made from lemon zest and vodka, which imparts a unique sweet-tart flavor to the classic Moscow mule. Use leftover limoncello in other cocktails or sip it after dinner as a digestif all summer long.

Get the Recipe: Lemon Moscow Mule

Cider-Berry Moon Cocktail

Ayesha pairs hard cider and moonshine for a sweet, refreshing cocktail -- exactly what you want to be drinking on a hot summer’s night.

Get the Recipe: Cider-Berry Moon Cocktail

Rose Spritzer

This simple cocktail is perfect for a summer brunch; Italian lemon soda adds a subtle sweet-tart flavor to everyone’s favorite summer wine for a crisp, sparkling sip.

Get the Recipe: Rose Spritzer

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