Our Favorite Signature Porch Cocktails
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. Better get that bar cart stocked because these are cool, crisp, and perfectly thirst-quenching cocktails you’re going to want to have on hand for afternoons spent out on the porch, where it seems to always be happy hour. From smooth Carolina Peach Sangria to playful and festive Grapefruit Tequila Fizz, these are our favorite drinks to offer up any time someone sidles on up to the porch. (Serve ‘em up enough times and they can become your signature too.)
Lemon Mint Sparklers
Carolina Peach Sangria
Recipe: Carolina Peach Sangria
A Southern spin on the classic wine punch.
Pink Lemonade Cocktail
Recipe: Pink Lemonade Cocktail
A grown-up version of a summertime kid favorite. Garnish with cranberries and/or citrus slices.
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.
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.
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: Shoo-Fly Punch
Ginger beer is the secret to this zesty and refreshing cocktail.
Spiked Arnold Palmer
Recipe: Spiked Arnold Palmer
This recipe marries three Southern favorites—bourbon, tea, and lemonade.
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.