Watermelon rind finds a new life as a tender-crisp cocktail garnish in this sparkling sweet and spicy cocktail.
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This sweet-tart rambutan cocktail, made with blanco tequila, is a perfect summer escape.
This summer punch bursts with tangy citrus and a touch of the unexpected, thanks to celery bitters.
Five-spice syrup amps up the flavor in this refreshing bourbon pitcher cocktail.
This summer refresher from Zac Overman at Seattle's Sitka & Spruce is the perfect example of delayed gratification. Put in some advance work to make a rich, almost buttery sweet-tart grapefruit cordial and you have the makings of a whole pitcher's worth of drinks at a moment's notice.
Summery chilled gazpacho is dosed with gin and spiced up for this light and refreshing take on the traditional Bloody Mary. Served with a garnish of pickled shrimp, it's the perfect excuse to have your brunch and drink it, too.
Smoky mezcal replaces vodka in this jalapeño-spiked take on the classic Bloody Mary. Served with a crisp bacon swizzle stick, it's the kind of savory, spicy cocktail that's equally at home on the brunch or dinner table.
Thai dipping sauce goes cocktail in this fish sauce-spiked Bloody Mary, seasoned with spicy sambal oelek, cilantro, and lime. It's topped with a glug of beer for some effervescence and garnished with a sprinkle of crunchy fried shallots.
If your plans for the day involve swinging in a hammock or enjoying an outdoor brunch with friends, make a pitcher of this cocktail featuring mint, ginger, citrus, and black tea.
This cocktail tastes just like spring. A clean London Dry Gin like Bombay Dry or Beefeater provides a great base for the sweet peas, the cooling mint, peppery arugula, and floral black pepper in this drink.
This pitcher cocktail marries a tangy pineapple shrub with hoppy IPA for a result that's the perfect sunny-day party refreshment.
This mezcal drink, made with bittersweet Aperol and fresh lemon, can go two ways: with Angostura bitters, it's spicy-earthy-cinnamony. Or try chocolate bitters, which play up the sweet and bitter orange flavors in the Aperol.
Juicy summer strawberries are combined with tart lime juice and bright mint in this sweet and sour effervescent vodka cocktail. It's light, not too sugary, and eminently day-drinkable.
Orange marmalade may be sweet, but it also offers an underlying bitterness reminiscent of burnt caramel. Lemon juice helps the citrus sing while honey mellows the whole thing out in this intensely flavorful vodka sour. It's the kind of versatile cocktail that's equally appropriate day or night, all year round.
Salty Dogs are great with gin, but we like to use vodka in this rendition—its more neutral flavor lets the interplay of bitter grapefruit and woodsy thyme take center stage. The cocktail's signature salt-coated rim gives the tart, herbal combo a welcome jolt.
Pair gin with vermouth and you get botanicals on top of botanicals. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but bring sherry into the mix and you'll find something both more smooth and electrifying, with hints of marcona almonds and a wonderful savory bite.
The perfect margarita is all about fresh, crisp flavors barely tempered by triple sec and sugar. After testing all the ratios, this is the one we reach for.
Lemongrass infused vodka—combined with lemon bitters suspended on a head of eggwhite foam—makes for a light and delicately citrusy spring cocktail.
This drink blends bourbon, lemon juice, and honey syrup for a whiskey-laced spin on the Bee's Knees.
This St. Patrick's Day-appropriate cocktail is way better than green beer. The whiskey is light and almost floral, and the amaro is spicy and rich. Fresh lemon gives the drink a punch of refreshing sour flavor, and the drink finishes up with the whiskey's bite and a little bitterness from the amaro.