30 Southern Porch Cocktails Begging To Be Your New House Drink
The porch, being a perfectly Southern space, calls for perfect Southern manners—and it’d be rude not to offer every visitor a refreshing beverage, right? That's what our mamas taught us, anyway. So better get that bar cart stocked because you’re going to want to have these cool, crisp, and perfectly thirst-quenching cocktails on hand for afternoons spent out on the porch, where it seems to always be happy hour.
From big-batch recipes like minty pitcher mojitos and summer melon-soaked rosé sangria to all-time favorites like sweet tea-infused mules and the classic French 75, these are our favorite cocktails to offer up any time someone sidles up to our Southern porches. (Serve ‘em up time and again, and they just might become your signature house drink.)
Here are the best Southern porch cocktails to make for every happy hour at home.
Recipe: Pitcher Mojitos
These go down so easy you'll need to go ahead and make a pitcher. Garnish each glass with fresh mint and lime for a heavenly aroma that hits you before you even take a sip.
Recipe: Watermelon Sangria
We combined two of our favorite summer treats: fresh watermelon and iced-down sangria. This sangria gets a blush-colored upgrade with a mix of both still and sparkling rosé wines, making it more than ideal to sip by the pool, on the porch, or at the beach.
Salty Dog Cocktail
Recipe: Salty Dog Cocktail
A twist on the classic vodka- and grapefruit-infused Greyhound drink, this refresher makes use of gin, grapefruit juice, and salt for a cocktail that's anything but saccharine-sweet.
Lemon Mint Sparklers
Summer Cobbler Cocktail
Recipe: Summer Cobbler Cocktail
This recipe proves that whiskey drinks can be refreshing and fit for summer. Made with fresh blackberries, blackberry preserves, white whiskey, and lime, it is like summer in a shaker.
Sweet Tea Mule
Recipe: Sweet Tea Mule
This one is a boozy spin on sweet tea, the South’s favorite beverage. All you need is ginger beer, bourbon, and lime juice to have the ultimate porch cocktail.
Spicy Watermelon Refresher
Recipe: Spicy Watermelon Refresher
A spicy, more bubbly version of a watermelon margarita, this recipe makes use of serrano peppers and tequila reposado (which is slightly smoky and incredibly smooth). Ah, feeling the good vibrations already.
Recipe: Lemon-Basil Spritzer
We kept the list of ingredients short and sweet on this spritzer: lemon, fresh basil leaves, our simple syrup, and your bubbly mix-in of choice. Because you don't need all the bells and whistles when you have hard-working flavors like lemon and super aromatic basil.
Recipe: Shoo-Fly Punch
Ginger beer is the secret to this zesty and refreshing cocktail.
Big Batch Bloody Marys
Recipe: Big Batch Bloody Marys
A perfectly balanced, not-too-heavy Bloody Mary is hard to master—but luckily we already did the leg work for you. This big-batch recipe serves ten people, easy. Switch the vodka out for tequila to turn it into a Bloody Maria.
Recipe: French 75
Classy as a string of pearls, this gin cocktail makes you want to sit back and fan yourself with a bit of flair. Top it off with a lemon twist and rosemary sprigs for a fancy finish.
Summer Melon Rosé Sangria
Recipe: Summer Melon Rosé Sangria
Have you ever seen a prettier pitcher? We think not. The best part: The fresh melon balls and cubed melon are oh-so tasty to snack on from your glass after they soak in some rosé.
Recipe: Pineapple-Coconut Fizz
This combination of pineapple, coconut, and rum is enough to transport you straight to the Keys. Swaying palm trees included. Like a piña colada, but way lighter and more low maintenance.
Carolina Peach Sangria
Recipe: Carolina Peach Sangria
Southern peaches do love to put on a show, don't they? Get epic summer flavor in every sip of this rosé sangria.
Recipe: Papaya-Strawberry Cocktail
If you’re a fan of margaritas, Palomas, or other tequila-based cocktails, you’ll love this bright and fruity drink. This recipe is sure to cheer up any porch-sitting crowd.
Aperol and Blood Orange-Mint Spritz
Aperol spritzes are quite en vogue right now, and we get it. They're light, fresh, and make you feel like you're on an Italian beach somewhere. We added blood orange juice and fresh mint to make it even more vibrant.
Recipe: Cucumber-Honeydew Cooler
Cucumber and honeydew is the cocktail duo we never knew we needed—until this cool gin drink walked into our happy hour.
Recipe: Moscow Mules
How cute are the copper mugs alone? That's reason enough to make this simple but crowd-pleasing cocktail of crisp vodka, slightly spicy ginger beer (read: NOT ginger ale), and zingy lime juice.
Spiked Arnold Palmer
Recipe: Spiked Arnold Palmer
This recipe marries three Southern favorites—bourbon, tea, and lemonade.
Recipe: Blackberry-Mint Sparkler
Your shady porch swing is begging to get a taste of this easy-drinking spritz that uses in-season blackberries and fresh mint.
Zero George's Mint Julep
Recipe: Zero George's Mint Julep
You won't find a mint julep as unique and refreshing as this recipe with muddled fresh ginger and fresh strawberries.
Recipe: Watermelon Margaritas
Fact: Everyone loves this margarita. End of story. Fresh watermelon makes a classic recipe even better.
Recipe: Grapefruit-Rosemary Mimosas
Get that orange juice out of here. These are way more fun and fruity with an herby twist from fresh rosemary.
Pink Lemonade Cocktail
Recipe: Pink Lemonade Cocktail
A grown-up version of a summertime kid favorite. Garnish with cranberries and/or citrus slices.
Recipe: Derby Julep
Don’t wait all year to serve up this Southern classic just when the horse races come around. Keep it mixed up on the porch all year long.
Recipe: Frozen Margarita
Trust us, this is way better than the sugary restaurant renditions you'll order elsewhere. This recipe hits the perfect blend of salt, sweetness, slush, and spirits—and it serves eight people. (Or less, if you're motivated.)
Sweet Tea Spritzer
Recipe: Sweet Tea Spritzer
A porch staple taken to the next level.
Grapefruit Tequila Fizz
Recipe: Grapefruit Tequila Fizz
Have friends and family thinking you’re a well-trained craft cocktail connoisseur with this recipe.
Peach Bourbon Sours
Recipe: Peach Bourbon Sours
Peach preserves sneak their way into this sweet, smooth cocktail. You could also sub in blackberry, apricot, or ginger preserves.
Recipe: Tailgate Sipper
Not just for tailgates, this concoction of pineapple, bourbon, lemon sparkling water, Southern Comfort, lemon juice, and vanilla is perfect for any outdoor hangout.