A fabulous drink is the quickest way to get in the spirit. Whether guests prefer gin or rum, these simple, time-tested cocktails are sure to please.
This party punch mixes up #millennialpink but tastes way better than a fad. Combining rosé with Sauvignon Blanc and brandy really gets the good times rolling.
The world seems a-okay with a fruity, fizzy concoction in hand. What to-do list?
This one's so easy, you'll be shaking 'em up until Labor Day. Just combine vodka with grapefruit juice and salt the rim. Simple enough!
It's probably those signature copper mugs, but gingery Moscow Mules always cool down sweltering summer days. Add fresh peaches and mint for that "ahhhh" moment.
Another Lulu tip? Freeze layers of coffee, half-and-half and chocolate milk in an ice mold. Then pour chilled java and a splash of Kahlúa or Baileys on top of the mocha cubes.
This is a classic summer drink, the cocktail equivalent of seersucker or a beach hat. (It also is the reason why a "collins glass" has its name.) Sweet and tart, the Tom Collins combines gin, lemon juice, seltzer and sugar.
Tequila-soaked memories of college aside, the margarita is festive and under-appreciated. Frozen versions evoke the feeling of tourist traps and mid-life crises, but a well-made margarita on the rocks is deliciously bracing. You know what's needed: Lime, tequila, triple sec (or Cointreau), salt.
Modern slushy sugarfests do not compare to the refreshing simplicity of a classic daiquiri, which was the drink of choice of Ernest Hemingway. The easiest recipe is two parts white rum to one part each lime juice and sugar syrup, shaken with ice and poured into a martini or cocktail glass. The adds grapefruit juice and maraschino liqueur.
Similar to the daiquiri, a gimlet is flavored with lime juice and simple syrup. Yet it differs by using gin instead of rum (up to 2 1/2 ounces of gin to 1/2 ounce each of lime juice and simple syrup). This potent cocktail is perfect for those who want a quenching drink that isn't too sweet.
As welcome at a Sunday brunch as a gossipy anecdote, this classic is made up a few basics: Spike tomato juice with vodka, along with a few dashes of Worcestershire and hot sauce, then garnish with a celery stalk.
Best accessorized with a 60s-inspired floral dress and witty barbs, a Mai Tai is a party in liquid form. It presents an opportunity to indulge in orgeat syrup, which tastes of almonds and a hint of rosewater. found an authentic vintage recipe, which also requires light and dark rum, curacao and lime.
It's a truth potion in cocktail form. Mint Juleps pack a punch, but there really is nothing better on a hot day. They require bourbon, simple syrup, crushed ice and, above all, fresh mint. (A julep cup is also a must.)
This mint julep cousin just has a different accent. This drink swaps out the bourbon in favor of rum. Good ingredients are key: Fresh mint, sugar and a smooth rum. Do not go anywhere near a premade mix, which has more in common with the scent of cleaning products than a good cocktail.
Whiskey adapts to summer heat with the help of sour mix, a blend of lemon juice and sugar. This recipe goes for Meyer lemons, which are sweeter than typical varieties.
Sweeten a tart mojito with muddled blackberries and you'll have a pretty pink drink.
Just like a gimlet, this Maine-born elixir brings gin and lime juice together, only with the infused flavor of fresh blueberries.
Juicy peaches, fresh ginger and soda taste heavenly as a mocktail but add a splash of rum to kick this refresher up a notch.
Cherry-lime is a classic combo, but a dose of honey takes this tart daiquiri into sweet territory.
Stir up your own personal vacation with a tropical treat that combines passionfruit juice with light and dark rum.
Before or after the Kentucky Derby, try this spicy take on the Bluegrass State's signature cocktail.
Mix up brunch with a bubbly and fruity cocktail you'll want to sip all afternoon. Try it now and you'll be tempted to make the later on.
Imagine a margarita, only with an entire mashed pineapple and a healthy kick of jalapeño. So it's really nothing like your average marg after all.
If you're going the slushie route, mix both frozen and fresh berries for a cold yet flavorful crowd-pleaser.
A classic Gin Rickey requires just gin, lime and soda, but this rendition gets a special mix of sugar and fresh summer raspberries.
Swap honey for the traditional orange liqueur to update the classic Cognac cocktail. Slightly bitter rosemary ice cubes will balance out the sweetness of the sugared rims.
You'll need a little overnight prep for this Bloody Mary — the vodka is infused with black peppercorns for a lighter take on the usual hot sauce.
It may be humble but this cocktail is definitely not average. Stock your liquor cabinet with speciality liquors like applejack and Pimm's to try out this cinnamon-apple treat.
Here's the best way to sneak in extra veggies: Roasted beets add a distinctive rustic quality to a classic Bloody Mary.
Traditional sangria has its merits, but the combo of Greek brandy and apricot nectar sets this punch apart from its classic counterparts.