The best cocktails to quench your thirst and generate party buzz.
Fast Flourish: Rub rims of chilled glasses with a lime wedge, dip in a saucer of coarse salt and sparkling sugar, and twirl
You can make a "sour" with any combination of your favorite liquor, sugar, and citrus juice shaked with cracked ice. But down
South, whiskey seems like the perfect fit.
Said to be The Big Easy's first cocktail, it was originally served at the Sazerac Coffee House.
You can't beat the refreshing combination of muddled fresh basil and sweet pear-flavored vodka and nectar. Great for holiday
entertaining or even a summertime libation.
Use an assortment of fresh herbs, such as basil, parsley, dill, and cilantro. Make this drink a day ahead to allow the flavors
to fully develop.
Bourbon and ginger ale combine to make a cool, colorful drink.
This makes a great virgin punch too; simply substitute an additional liter of club soda for the vodka.
Muscadine wine stars in this spirited concoction of grenadine, bourbon, and a variety of fruit juices and sodas.
Ginger beer is a nonalcoholic fizzy beverage with a pop of spicy ginger. It's the flavor secret in this spicy but refreshing
Spiked with bourbon or rum, this sweet tea is just for the adults. Garnish with fresh sugarcane and pineapple slices for a
For a light and quick poolside drink, Cava Sangria is the way to go. Refreshing and fruity, this 5-ingredient sangria has
the perfect combination of flavors from the strawberries and mint leaves. After the first sip, you’ll feel like you’re on
You'll want to make a whole batch of this citrusy spritzer. It's perfect for outdoor gatherings and kicking back on the porch.
Instead of stirring all the ingredients together, serve optional shots of vodka on the side, and let your guests add it or
Introduce the tart fall flavor of cranberries to your favorite minty cocktail.
The secret to this drink's success are bitters. Cocktail bitters (Angostura, Peychaud's) are the salt and pepper of the beverage
world. Digestive bitters (Campari, Fernet Branca) give a botanical quality to drinks.
A little bourbon makes these mudslides perfectly rich and flavorful. For a dramatic and delicious effect, use a small kitchen
torch to brown the marshmallows topping.
The classic Old-Fashioned cocktail gets a Southern twist with homemade Satsuma-Cello liqueur. The results are a citrusy Satsuma
This cocktail is named after a famous incident involving General Patton in Italy during WWII. Like the controversial leader,
the drink is crisp, strong, and gets the job done.
Celebrate with this simple and sophisticated cocktail. Fill a Champagne flute or tall glass with equal parts chilled Champagne
and black currant nectar. Don't forget to garnish this spritzer with fresh blackberries.
Flowery hibiscus and cooling mint add a flavorful kick to this margarita.
You'll see smiles all around when these signature cocktails are offered at your festive fete.
Grab a pilsner glass and drop in a fresh cherry to complete this refreshingly fizzy cocktail.
Kumquat and whiskey come together to create this sweet-and-sour refresher.
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.
Because canning tomatoes requires extra care, try this refrigerator variety for your Bloody Mary. Trust us: You'll want to
drink it immediately anyway.
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.
For a slightly more potent version of this retro-inspired cocktail, substitute hard cider or champagne for the sparkling apple
Choose Black Mission figs or another purple-skinned variety to give the drink a pretty tint.
We used Mississippi's Cathead Honeysuckle Flavored Vodka for maximum flavor.
Featuring rye whiskey, bitters, and Herbsaint, this NOLA staple is said to be the first cocktail. And now it's hip to be nostalgic.
If iced tea is the house wine of the South, consider this our summer sangria.
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.
Enjoy this sparkling cooler all summer long. Use the back of a wooden spoon to muddle the mint.
This recipe is adapted from a Champagne punch found in the first-ever cocktail book published in the United States in 1862,
The Bartender's Guide by Jerry Thomas.
Treat guests to a beverage that oozes charm. This sweet sipper features two regional favorites—bourbon and peaches.
Orange juice and cranberries lend a bit of festive flair to the classic gin and tonic.
Offer this classic 1930s cocktail after dinner. Vieux Carré (voo cah-RAY) means "old square," referring to the French Quarter.
For the Kentucky Bourbon afficionados in your bunch, make Julian's Old Fashioned the go-to cocktail for your next gathering.
This refreshing drink is composed of black cherry liqueur, brandy, crushed ice, and then topped off with sparkling white wine.
Of course, no cocktail is complete without a maraschino cherry on top!
Club soda, fresh whole strawberries, and frozen daiquiri mix set these margarita spritzers apart. Serve on sultry summer days
and enjoy the fizzy sweetness of these colorful cocktails.
Add a Cajun kick to your lemonade with some hot sauce and rum. Rinse gallon milk jugs and use as a spill-proof way to transport
This iced cocktail features the best of two classic Southern drinks: the mint julep and sweet tea. For best results, sip in
a rocking chair on a front porch somewhere.
Mixing beer with a classic margarita recipe makes this drink less tart than the regular margaritas. We can promise that these
will be a hit, so make them by the pitcher to keep the party going!
You can substitute bottled juice for Garden Tomato Juice to save time. But if you make it fresh, don't use an aluminum saucepan—it
will react with the tomato acid. Store in the fridge up to 1 week.
Our latest drink obsession: This low-proof, retro-inspired sipper that combines fortified wine (port, Madeira, sherry) with
sugar and fruit over ice.
Welcome to the Southerner’s perfect cocktail: bacon-flavored bourbon. All you need is a bottle of your favorite bourbon and
some warm bacon grease.
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.
The Southern citrus burst of homemade Satsuma-Cello liqueur delivers a festive twist to the classic julelp cocktail.
A blanc de noirs, with its fruity, hint of vanilla flavor, is a great sparkling wine choice for this recipe. We also suggest
using Lady or Gala apples.
This sparkly Coke-tail is balanced with sorghum and delivers on its name
This riff on lemonade is most refreshing. It makes for a pretty presentation too.
While this sipper makes for the perfect tailgate cocktail, we have a feeling you'll be mixing up this delicious combination
when the season is over too.
This delicious cocktail is full of fall flavor.
This citrusy beverage is mixed with grapefruit juice, vodka, and elderflower liqueur. You'll want to garnish with fragrant
lemon and fresh rosemary.
Pineapple has long been a symbol of hospitality, so welcome party guests with this springy punch.
Patrick Bolster, head bartender at 5 1/2 Bar in Pensacola, gave us the recipe for this delicious cucumber and basil refresher.
Up-and-coming bartender Patrick Bolster of Pensacola's 5 1/2 Bar created this version of a West Indies Paintbrush—a refreshing
drink with exotic floral notes.
This backyard cocktail gets its smoky flavor from cedar-infused tequila.
This fresh cocktail is great on the rocks or combined with fresh summer fruit juices.
Fresh mint leaves, lemon slices, and maraschino cherries garnish this tasty summer sipper.
What happens when an Old Fashioned meets a Pimm's Cup with a touch of Sazerac Flair? A Pimm Bob!
Fresh cucumber and a lime wedge give this refreshing sipper a pretty presentation.
Shrub cocktails get their tart pucker from vinegar.
Recipe: Mint-Champagne Shrub
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.
Recipe: Tomato-Tequila Fizz
This frothy cocktail was adapted from the new book Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey by chef John Currence.
This refreshing beer cocktail balances a malty bock-style beer with fruit-tinged apricot brandy.