Trade your signature drink for a refreshing summer sipper. Don't forget the tiny umbrella!
Blackberry Pisco SoursPisco is a South American grape brandy popular in Peru and Chile. If you can't find it in your area, feel free to substitute white tequila, grappa, or vodka. Don't be alarmed by the strength of this new classic; it's a cocktail that's meant to be sipped and savored.
Kane's Peppery Bloody MaryIt's hard to beat the spicy bite of a good bloody mary on warm summer mornings. Seasoned with fresh basil, cilantro, and chives, this drink received the highest rating from Southern Living's test kitchen.
Sparkling Elderflower LemonadeServe this sparkling lemonade as the perfect, thirst-quenching cocktail for a summer celebration. Elderflower liqueur is sweet, delicate, and floral, like nectar from a spring bouquet.
Garden CocktailThis fresh summer cocktail is a fun spin on the classic Bloody Mary.
Watermelon-Lime SodaWatermelon and lime pair beautifully in this exceptionally cool cocktail. Zingy ginger is the secret ingredient that will make people ask, "What tastes SO good in here?"
Pisco SourThis creamy, frothy cocktail is best served poolside—and by the pitcher.
Sparkling SangriaFlavor this cava-and-brandy-based sangria with blueberries, cherries, raspberries, strawberries, nectarine, and apricot nectar for a sweet summer cocktail that tastes as good as it looks.
Mojito CoolerFive ingredients are just a few minutes of prep time are all that stand between you and this refreshing classic cocktail.
Fritz's Sonoran SunsetPrickly pear syrup adds a sweet note to the grapefruit and tequila mixture. If your local store doesn't carry prickly pear syrup, you can order it online or substitute grenadine.
Pomegranate-Key Lime Vodka CocktailsMarry the flavors of pomegranate and Key lime for a light, fizzy cocktail that not only looks beautiful, but also tastes delicious.
Ultimate Rum PunchBring the flavor of the Caribbean to your backyard barbecue with this festive concoction. Golden rum and coconut rum combine with apricot brandy and the juices of pineapples, oranges, and grapefruits. Garnish this summer-in-a-glass cocktail with lime wedges.
Planter's PunchWelcome guests with the traditional greeting drink of the Caribbean. Use fresh juices, and let guests garnish according to their preferences–sliced pineapple, cinnamon sticks, cherries, and a sprinkle of nutmeg are a few of our favorite toppers.
Blackberry CocktailCombine fresh blackberries, cucumber slices, lime juice, gin, club soda, sugar, and fresh mint for an ultra-summery, fruity escape.
Honeydew MimosasUse a traditional breakfast fruit as the base for this frosty sipper. Blend the melon with ice and sugar, then mix with a bottle of sparkling wine for a refreshing summer combo.
Tequila MojitosSpiff up the classic mojito by substituting tequila for rum in this guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Our online reviewers had one unanimous note: Double the recipe!
Pimm's CupThis thirst-quenching cocktail is best suited for a summer afternoon spent poolside.
Strawberry Hibiscus Cooler
With or without the vodka, this sweet-tart drink deserves a spot at brunch.
Lemon-Mint SparklersThis refreshing summer drink is great with or without bourbon. Make a non-alcoholic batch for the kids, then use leftover simple syrup to whip up a boozy version for the adults in your crowd.
Basil TonicsVodka, fresh basil, simple syrup, and tonic water are all you need for these refreshingly easy cocktails. They're also a wonderful way to use basil leaves from an herb garden.
Mint Julep Sweet TeaThis iced cocktail features combines the best of two classic Southern drinks: the mint julep and sweet tea.
Seaside SunriseTake it to the beach! Blend bright juices and passion fruit rum, and then top with bubbly for a tropical twist on a mimosa.
Vera Kollans Cocktails
This drink is Greg Best's twist on the classic fizzy lemonade cocktail, Tom Collins.
Limoncello MojitoCombine lemon juice, mint, and Limoncello (lemon liqueur) to create this fresh summer mojito.
The SL Mint JulepOur go-to recipe for the quintessential Derby-day drink
Blood Orange Mimosas
We love the color blood oranges give this classic brunch cocktail. A dash of bitters adds depth. Look for orange bitters--such as Fee Brothers or Stirrings--at liquor stores or specialty grocers. The sugar cube dissolves as you sip, balancing the bitters and giving off bubbles for a festive touch. Juice the oranges and keep chilled up to a day ahead.
Season Creep Cocktails
For this drink, Best uses yellow Chartreuse--an herbal liqueur flavored with saffron and honey. Substitute Strega, an Italian herbal liqueur, if you wish.
Watermelon-Jalapeño MargaritaFor a spicy garnish, combine salt and chili powder in a saucer. Dip rims of glasses in lime juice or water, and dip in salt mixture to coat.
Smoky Old WestIn an old-fashioned glass, combine water, sugar, and bitters, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Add orange peel and press against bottom of glass with bar spoon to release oils. Add whiskey and ice cubes to fill glass and stir briefly to mix.
Ginger Pineapple Punch (Lebouroudjee)This intensely flavored punch is nonalcoholic but great as a cocktail; just add sparkling water and rum.
Forest NegroniFill a cocktail-mixing glass about two-thirds with ice cubes and add ingredients to mix together. Strain over a large ice cube into an old-fashioned glass, and garnish with a bay leaf.
Fluke SunsetTop with pomegranate juice and garnish with a lime slice.
Pink-a-ColadaBrighten up a refreshing cocktail with fresh fruit and edible flowers.
Cucumber-Mint Tequila TonicCucumber-Mint Tequila Tonic is the perfect warm weather cocktail. Made with fresh mint and cilantro leaves and chopped cucumber, it's refreshing and fabulous.
Citrus-Honey Beer ShandyThis ultra-refreshing beer cocktail is perfect for sipping poolside, especially if you can find those mini paper umbrellas. Cheers!
The Blush LilyOur version of Churchill Downs' Oaks Lily
Bourbon-Peach LimeadeFreeze fresh peach and lime slices on a parchment-lined pan, and drop a few into your drink for a frosty garnish.