The best cocktails to quench your thirst and generate party buzz.
Mix up several batches of Pink Cadillac Margaritas 3 to 4 hours before the party starts, and chill in decorative bottles or
pitchers, ready to shake and serve when guests arrive.
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, and 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 and bourbon pack a punch in this fruity cocktail. A garnish of orange slices and muscadine halves adds a festive
This cocktail has a pop of spicy ginger and fizz from ginger beer, and pairs perfectly with an oyster roast.
Spiked with bourbon or rum, this sweet tea is just for the adults. Garnish with fresh sugarcane and pineapple slices for a
Cava Sangria is refreshing but not too sweet. Fresh strawberries add a signature twist to the sparkling cocktail. Garnish
with fresh sugar cane sticks, available at ethnic and specialty food stores.
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 your mudslides.
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
or sparkling wine and black currant nectar. Other nectars—such as peach, mango, tropical, or pear—will also work well, and
garnish with fresh fruit.
Flowery hibiscus and cooling mint add a flavorful kick to this margarita.
During the holidays, wine aficionados reach for Crémant, a typically high-quality sparkling white wine made in several French
wine regions. Expect to pay $15 to $30, about half that of Champagne. Grab some bottles and use it in this festive drink.
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 Marys. Trust us: You'll want to
drink it immediately anyway.
Make a couple of batches of this Southern-style margarita and serve in your favorite punch bowl with lime slices as garnish.
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 prety 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.
Enjoy a classic Champagne punch, full of fresh fruit flavors and garnished with halved strawberries and blueberries.
Treat guests to a beverage that oozes charm. The sweet sipper features two regional favorites—bourbon and peaches—for a stylish
cooldown on a hot day.
Give a bit of festive flair to your classic gin and tonic with orange juice and cranberries.
Offer this classic 1930s cocktail after dinner. Vieux Carré (voo cah-RAY) means "old square," referring to the French Quarter.
For the Kentucky Bourbon aficionados in your bunch, make Julian's Old Fashioned the go-to cocktail for your special day.
Brandy and black cherry liqueur are a perfect combination for a cocktail. Top it off with sparkling white wine for a festive
This bubbly margarita recipe is the perfect treat for a hot summer day. Garnish with lime slices and fresh strawberries for
a pretty finish.
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
Mint and bourbon add a fun twist to the classic sweet tea.
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.
Just add grease. That's right. Just like the recipe says, we added smoky flavor to bourbon using what sometimes get tossed
and made an unforgettable concoction.
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.
A sparkly beverage that's balanced with sorghum and delivers on its name.
Enjoy the nice grapefruit punch and floral notes of this sipper. It's very refreshing, but not too sweet.
Every Southerner should have a signature cocktail! Make this springy punch one yours - pineapple has long been a symbol of
Patrick Bolster, head bartender at 5½ 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!