Blending watermelon and giving it a quick strain through cheesecloth yields a sweet liquid that is a perfect foil for tart lime juice in this delicious nonalcoholic drink.
In hot weather, you'll want to batch up this sophisticated frozen cocktail, a slushie version of the classic Negroni. The bitter flavors of Campari make it especially refreshing on a muggy day.
The Best Frozen Lime Margaritas
Most frozen margaritas are sickly-sweet and syrupy. These, though, are awesome: fresh, tart, cooling, and balanced. Don’t forget the salted rim!
Grilled Pineapple Mojito
Grilling your pineapple before muddling it lends a smoky sweetness that pairs perfectly with mint, lime, and light rum. Adjust the amount of sugar according to the sweetness of your pineapple.
Fresh Watermelon Margaritas
This thirst-quenching margarita is made with fresh watermelon purée. Be careful, though—it’s so refreshing, it goes down fast…
Sparkling Grapefruit Sangria With Lillet Rosé
This sparkling sangria makes use of the French aperitif Lillet Rosé, which comes already flavored with sweet and bitter orange peel and fruit liqueurs to boost the flavor of the pitcher drink. Grapefruit adds crisp tartness, just right for a hot day.
A cocktail in a pitcher means more time outside relaxing and less time inside making drinks. Hibiscus gives this tequila drink a tart and floral flavor and a gorgeous color.
Bitter Salty Perro
You can't drink all day if you don't start in the morning. Here's a good first round: a riff on a Salty Dog that adds tonic and bitters to fresh grapefruit juice and blanco tequila. Feeling adventurous? Try it with mezcal.
The Bul (pronounced "bool"), a super-simple blend of ginger beer and lime mixed with your favorite pilsner or pale ale, is a Cuban favorite that’s perfect for summertime sipping around the barbecue.
Fresh Watermelon Sangria
This sangria screams out for a hot, humid day. Fresh watermelon adds delicate sweetness, and a squeeze of lime heightens the tartness of the white wine.
Quick and Easy Margarita Shandy
This super-easy pitcher drink offers all of the refreshment of a bubbly shandy along with the tartness of a margarita. For the best version of the drink, use reposed tequila and a pilsner or Mexican lager.
Somewhere between spiked lemonade and sangria, fizzy starfruit sangria looks especially snazzy with slices of starfruit lining the glass. Try it with club soda or with ginger beer; we like it both ways.
Smoky Beer Sangrita
Sangrita moves from lowly shooter to a full-fledged cocktail in this smoky, spicy and refreshing beer-based pitcher drink.
Fresh lemonade, made with lemons, sugar, water, and a pinch of salt, is absolutely worth the extra effort. You might want to make two pitchers full: this stuff disappears fast.
Limeade is lemonade’s underrated cousin, and sweet-tart raspberry purée only improves it (bonus: it’s pink!)
Red wine-based sangria gets a cherry double whammy with the use of both fresh sweet cherries and Cherry Heering, a spiced cherry liqueur.
Feeling lazy? We have an easy drink for you. At its heart, this two-ingredient refresher is a shandy, made with elderflower liqueur and Bud Light Lime. Don't knock it 'til you've tried it.
Built around flavors that complement plums, like ginger and the nutty maraschino liqueur, this sangria starts with roasting deep red plums with star anise pods.
Think of this beer cocktails as a variation on the mimosa, but full of fresh and tangy flavor from grapefruit juice and your favorite hoppy IPA or Double IPA.
A classic Seelbach cocktail calls for bourbon, Cointreau, both Peychaud’s and Angostura bitters, and a generous pour of Champagne. Here, we swap bourbon for 100-proof rye whiskey, Peychaud’s for lemon bitters, and a use a rich doppelbock beer instead of Champagne.
Bitter and Bold Sangria
This sangria, which starts with a base of red wine and has a supporting cast of Campari, cranberry syrup, and bourbon, is bold, bitter, and complex. Great to field the transition between warm day and slightly chilly night.
Fizzy Ginger Lemonade
I’m convinced that bracing ginger lemonade has some medicinal superpowers (mainly because it once helped cure me of a wicked hangover), but the point is that it’s delicious, placebo or not.
Spicy Strawberry Jalapeño Lemonade
Sweet ripe strawberries are macerated with sugar and jalapeños for a sweet, hot, and totally refreshing summer drink.
Fig and Balsamic Soda
Figs and balsamic vinegar are a classic pairing, and make a remarkably delicious soda here. Garnished with a pretty slice of fresh fig, this drink is sophisticated, sweet, and tangy.
Spicy Honeydew and Coconut Water Agua Fresca
The cooling flavors of the melon and coconut get a little kick from homemade chile de arbol simple syrup in this agua fresca.
Salted Roasted Peanut Old Fashioned in a Bottle
Why should beer-drinkers have all the fun? Bottle your own cocktails (this riff on an Old Fashioned featuring roasted peanut-infused rye whiskey is rich, nutty, and a little salty) and toss a chilled six-pack in the trunk next to the beach chairs and PBR on your next beach day.
White Peach Sangria
While peaches are in season, we want to drink our fill. This herbaceous drink is a cocktail drinker's sangria. Rosemary and gin add a layer of herbal complexity against the sweetness of white peaches.