62 Spirited Cocktail Recipes Sure to Quench Your Thirst

Salty Dog Cocktail
Photo: Caitlin Bensel

Every Southern hostess needs a signature cocktail recipe in her repertoire, and we've gathered our all-time favorites for you. With our best cocktail recipes, you won't just find one signature cocktail recipe—you'll find a signature cocktail recipe for every season, event, holiday, dinner party, and tailgate. With cozy fall cocktails like our classic Hot Toddy, you'll be prepped for game day and beyond. With refreshing summery cocktails like our Grapefruit Gin Slush or Watermelon Sangria, your porch parties will never be boring. Raise a glass and celebrate with our elegant champagne cocktails like the French 75 or Gingered Seelbach, or kick it casual with our Raspberry Beer Cocktail or Big Batch Bloody Marys. Instead of setting out wine and beer the next time you host, refer to this incredible list of cocktail recipes to shake up your night. These are the best cocktails to quench your thirst and generate party buzz.

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Blackberry Bramble Pisco Sours

Blackberry Bramble Pisco Sours
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Stylist: Mary Clayton Carl; Food Stylist: Tina Stamos

Recipe: Blackberry Bramble Pisco Sours

Pisco 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.

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Mint Julep

Mint Julep
Southern Living

Recipe: Mint Julep

A hallmark Southern cocktail, we always have the ingredients for a mint julep handy.

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Salty Dog Cocktail

Salty Dog Cocktail
Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Salty Dog Cocktail

Don't let this cocktail's pretty color fool you: It's not one of those too-sweet drinks. Refreshing and slightly tart, this simple cocktail recipe will be a hit with every party goer.

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Moscow Mules

Moscow Mules
Jennifer Causey

Recipe: Moscow Mule

Served in a copper mug, this classic cocktail will keep you cool all summer long.

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French 75

French 75
Southern Living

Recipe: French 75

This timeless cocktail recipe is dressy enough for a fancy dinner party but easy enough for a sunset drink on the porch.

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Cherry Bourbon Cheerwine

Cherry Bourbon Cheerwine
Becky Luigart Stayner

Recipe: Cherry Bourbon Cheerwine

This cocktail mixes two all-time Southern favorites—bourbon and Cheerwine.

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White Wine Sangria

White Wine Sangria
Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: White Wine Sangria

Chilled white wine and fresh peaches make this sangria ready for every summer luncheon.

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Pitcher Mojitos

Pitcher Mojitos
Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Pitcher Mojitos

Don't fuss with the cocktail shaker all night when you're hosting. Whip up a batch of pitcher mojitos and enjoy the party yourself, too.

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Berry Patch Cocktail

Berry Patch Cocktail
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Margaret Monroe Dickey; Prop Styling: Christina Daley

Recipe: Berry Patch Cocktail

Elderflower liqueur and gin provide a floral, lofty contrast to the tangy limeade and fresh raspberries in this sensational sipper.

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Old Fashioned Cocktail

Old Fashioned Cocktail
Southern Living

Recipe: Old Fashioned

We put a slight twist on this old-school cocktail to make it more approachable for a crowd.

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Aperol Bourbon Fizz

Aperol Bourbon Fizz
Becky Luigart Stayner

Recipe: Aperol-Bourbon Fizz

A fresh orange peel twist is the prettiest garnish for this festive cocktail.

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Watermelon Sangria

Watermelon Sangria
Katie Jacobs

Recipe: Watermelon Sangria

This big-batch summer cocktail is our new favorite way to cool off.

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Vodka Cherry Limeade

vodka cherry limeades in glasses on a tray
Photographer: Antonis Achilleos; Prop Stylist:Christine Keely; Food Stylist: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Vodka Cherry Limeade

When the summer is hot, the drinks should be easy. This five-ingredient limeade is so easy to make, you can easily scale it up to serve a crowd.

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Frozen Margarita

Frozen Margarita
Antonis Achilleos

Recipe: Frozen Margarita

Taco Tuesday just got a lot more fun.

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Hot Toddy

Hot Toddy
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Hot Toddy

This classic cocktail will soothe a sore throat and warm you up on cold winter nights.

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Lavender-Plum Shrub

Lavender-Plum Shrub
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Lavender-Plum Shrub

If you've never tried this old-fashioned cocktail, it's the ultimate make-ahead drink before a party since it needs time to chill for the flavors to combine.

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Grapefruit Gin Slush

Grapefruit Gin Slush
Caroline Rogers

Recipe: Grapefruit Gin Slush

Refreshing and cool, this slushee cocktail is the perfect porch sipper for hot summer days.

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Black and Blue Sparkler

Black and Blue Sparkler
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Black and Blue Sparkler

Instead of throwing them in another cobbler or bowl of oatmeal, use the last of your fresh summer berries for a fun and festive cocktail.

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Big Batch Bloody Marys

Big Batch Bloody Marys
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Big-Batch Bloody Marys

If you're hosting brunch, there's no better way to serve drinks than with a favorite pitcher recipe.

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Carrot-Ginger Beer

Carrot-Ginger Beer
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Carrot-Ginger Beer

Use brown sugar and aromatic mint leaves when making the simple syrup for this thirst-quencher.

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Watermelon-Ginger Mojitos

Watermelon-Ginger Mojitos
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Watermelon-Ginger Mojitos

This incredibly refreshing pitcher drink has fresh mint and summer watermelon.

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Basil Bourbon Orange Smash

Basil Bourbon Orange Smash
Becky Luigart Stayner

Recipe: Basil Bourbon Orange Smash

This citrusy cocktail is oh-so-refreshing regardless the season.

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Summer Cobbler Cocktail

Summer Cobbler Cocktail
Helen Norman; Prop Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller; Food Styling: Marian Cooper Cairns

Recipe: Summer Cobbler Cocktail

This refreshing cocktail makes use of those summer blackberries you've been picking up at the farmers' market each weekend.

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Bourbon and Hard Pear Cider Cocktail

Bourbon Pear and Hard Cider Cocktail
Becky Luigart Stayner

Recipe: Bourbon and Hard Pear Cider Cocktail

Apple cider is everywhere during the fall, so this pear cider cocktail will be unique when you host.

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Mojitarita

Mojitarita
Katie Jacobs

Recipe: Mojitarita

Can't decide between a mojito and a margarita? This so-fresh cocktail combines the best of both.

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Sparkling Punch

Sparkling Punch
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Sparkling Punch

Every shower needs a pretty punch bowl filled with a crowd-pleasing recipe.

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Bee's Knees Honey Cocktail

Bee's Knees Honey Cocktail
Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Cat Steele

Recipe: Bee's Knees Honey Cocktail

This cocktail recipe dates all the way back to Prohibition, and there's a reason it's stuck around our bar carts all that time—it truly is the bee's knees.

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Big Batch Mint Tea Juleps

Bourbon Mint Tea
Becky Luigart Stayner

Recipe: Big Batch Mint Tea Juleps

You don't have to waste valuable party time individually measuring ingredients for each cocktail glass with this big-batch recipe.

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Mint Julep Slush

Mint Julep Slush
Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Mint Julep Slush

What do we do when we love a cocktail recipe? Make it into an icy slush so we can drink it on even the hottest summer day.

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Spiced Orange-Bourbon Punch

Spicy Bourbon-Citrus Punch
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Spiced Orange-Bourbon Punch

Spicy ginger is balanced by sweet orange and lemon juice. Before serving, add orange slices to punch bowl for garnish.

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Bourbon Pink Grapefruit Fizz

Bourbon Pink Grapefruit Fizz
Becky Luigart Stayner

Recipe: Bourbon Pink Grapefruit Fizz

This fizzy and fun cocktail will be a hit with every guest.

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Gingered Seelbach Cocktail

Gingered Seelbach Cocktail
Becky Luigart Stayner

Recipe: Gingered Seelbach Cocktail

Vintage-inspired and prettier than plain-ole champagne, this elegant cocktail will become your signature dinner party drink.

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Honeysuckle Lemonade Cocktail

Walden Bar Honeysuckle Lemonade Cocktail
Walden

Recipe: Honeysuckle Lemonade Cocktail

This light, refreshing cocktail will be your summer go-to for last-minute gatherings.

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Spiked Arnold Palmer

Spiked Arnold Palmer
Ralph Anderson

Recipe: Spiked Arnold Palmer

Spice up your party with this spirited version of the classic lemonade-sweet tea combo.

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Sparkling Citrus Punch with Lemonade Ice Cubes

Sparkling Citrus Punch with Lemonade Ice Cubes
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Torie Cox; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Recipe: Sparkling Citrus Punch with Lemonade Ice Cubes

Colorful lemonade ice cubes take the presentation level over the top for this fun brunch cocktail.

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Papaya-Strawberry Cocktail

Papaya-Strawberry Cocktail
Wynn Myers; Prop Styling: Lauren Smith Ford

Recipe: Papaya-Strawberry Cocktail

Fresh and fruity, this tequila cocktail will be a fun diversion from your usual margaritas.

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Whiskey-Apple Cider Punch

Whiskey-Apple Cider Punch
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Whiskey-Apple Cider Punch

With a yield of 10 servings, there's plenty for everyone at the tailgate to enjoy this fall cocktail.

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Watermelon Margaritas

Watermelon Margaritas On The Rocks
Southern Living

Recipe: Watermelon Margaritas

This watermelon margarita recipe might be the only margarita recipe we ever make again.

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Big Batch Bourbon Ginger Ale Punch

Big Batch Bourbon Ginger Ale Punch
Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Big Batch Bourbon Ginger Ale Punch

You don't need to be a professional mixologist to whip up a delicious party punch that serves a crowd.

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Spiced Hard Cider Fizz

Spiced Hard Cider Fizz
Becky Luigart Stayner

Recipe: Spiced Hard Cider Fizz

This fall cocktail would make a great pre-Thanksgiving dinner drink to welcome guests in.

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Spiked Watermelon Lemonade

Spiked Watermelon Lemonade
Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Cat Steele

Recipe: Spiked Watermelon Lemonade

There's few things more refreshing than a tall glass of tangy lemonade. Add some vodka and watermelon juice for an adult version of this summer favorite.

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Pineapple-Sweet Tea Punch

Pineapple-Sweet Tea Punch
Johnny Autry; Prop and Food Styling: Charlotte L. Autry

Recipe: Pineapple-Sweet Tea Punch

Pineapple simple syrup and lime juice gives this version of sweet tea a tropical twist.

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Rum Swizzles

Rum Swizzles
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Stylist: Thom Driver; Food Stylist: Tina Stamos

Recipe: Rum Swizzles

Close your eyes and picture Bermuda as you sip this fruity and tropical cocktail.

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Sweet Tea Mule

Sweet Tea Mule
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Sweet Tea Mule

Add bourbon, ginger beer, and lime juice to this sweet tea for a refreshing and light cocktail.

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Cucumber-Honeydew Cooler

Cucumber-Honeydew Cooler
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Cucumber-Honeydew Cooler

Cool as can be, this green drink is slightly sweet and hits the spot.

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Pink Cadillac Margaritas

Pink Cadillac Margarita Cocktail
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Pink Cadillac Margaritas

Fast Flourish: Rub rims of chilled glasses with a lime wedge, dip in a saucer of coarse salt and sparkling sugar, and twirl to coat.

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Shoo-Fly Punch

Shoo-Fly Punch
Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Recipe: Shoo-Fly Punch

Ginger beer is a nonalcoholic fizzy beverage with a pop of spicy ginger. It's the flavor secret in this spicy but refreshing cocktail.

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Cranberry Mojito

Cranberry Mojito
Photo: Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Cranberry Mojito

Introduce the tart fall flavor of cranberries to your favorite minty cocktail.

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Mississippi Mudslides

Mississippi Mudslides
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Recipe: Mississippi Mudslides

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.

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Sparkling Rum Punch

Sparkling Rum Punch
Photo: Jim Franco

Recipe: Sparkling Rum Punch

You'll see smiles all around when these signature cocktails are offered at your festive fete.

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Apple-Pie Infused Bourbon

Apple-Pie Infused Bourbon
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Apple Pie-Infused Bourbon

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.

Download the Infused Bourbon Labels

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Honeysuckle-Watermelon Cocktail

Summerttime Cocktail
Chris M. Rogers

Recipe: Honeysuckle-Watermelon Cocktail

We used Mississippi's Cathead Honeysuckle Flavored Vodka to give the cocktail a delicate floral note, but plain vodka works too.

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Cherry Frost

Cherry Frost
Ralph Anderson

Recipe: Cherry Frost

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!

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Strawberry Margarita Spritzers

Beer 'Garitas
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Recipe: Strawberry Margarita Spritzers

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.

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Mint Julep Sweet Tea

Mint Julep Sweet Tea
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Mint Julep Sweet Tea

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.

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Sparkling Autumn Chianti

Sparkling Autumn Chianti
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Sparkling Autumn Chianti

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.

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Apple Butter Sparklers

Apple Butter Sparklers
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Apple Butter Sparklers

For a kid-friendly version, substitute sparkling apple juice for the Prosecco.

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Lost in Texas

Lost in Texas
Photo: Jody Horton

Recipe: Lost in Texas

This refreshing beer cocktail balances a malty bock-style beer with fruit-tinged apricot brandy.

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Retro Rum Punch

Southern Lemon Americano
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Retro Rum Punch

We love bringing back vintage recipes, and we're getting out Grandma's punch bowl to make this fruity cocktail ASAP.

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Raspberry Beer Cocktail

Raspberry Beer Cocktail
Charles Walton IV

Recipe: Raspberry Beer Cocktail

This big-batch cocktail can be made up to three days in advance to help you with poolside party prep.

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Montgomery Punch

Montgomery Punch
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Recipe: Montgomery Punch

If you found a recipe in a vintage junior league cookbook, you know it's bound to be amazing.

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Sparkling Cherry Limeade

Sparkling Cherry Limeade
Iain Bagwell; Prop Styling: Annette Joseph; Food Styling: Cynthia Groseclose

Recipe: Sparkling Cherry Limeade

This pretty cocktail just reminded us: It's about time for a girls' night!

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