Everyone loves a good Margarita or Manhattan. But after two or three, it can be a little difficult to stand up straight. There has to be a way to drink all day (or all night) without getting too intoxicated, right? That’s where the low-abv cocktail—a day drinker’s best friend—comes in. These eleven cocktails will have your blood-alcohol level thanking you.
This Italian classic is ideal for anyone looking for a drink made without hard liquor. A combination of Campari, sweet vermouth and club soda, this fizzy drink is refreshing and complex.
If the Americano is the father of all low-proof cocktails, the Mimosa is the matriarch. Consisting of just orange juice and sparkling wine, this brunch staple is so easy to make (and easy to drink), it may be hard to stop yourself at one.
Need an after-dinner drink that won’t send you crawling to bed? The Grasshopper combines green and white Crème de Menthe with heavy cream for a thick and minty finish. Skip that chocolate cake.
Made with Fernet and vermouth, this low-proof cocktail is a fine after-dinner drink. The bitterness from the Fernet and vermouth is balanced with the sweetness of Galliano L’Autentico, a light herbal liqueur with hints of lavender and vanilla. One sip of this and you won’t miss the hard stuff.
This cocktail makes any hour, well, magical. Made from a combination of Lillet Rose, grapefruit juice, sparkling wine and yellow Chartreuse, this floral, light-bodied drink is perfect for celebrating or day-drinking with friends. And let’s be honest, any reason to bust out the champagne glasses is fine with us.
Though this cocktail shares the same name as the British Monarch, it was actually created in Philadelphia right after the end of Prohibition and named for the creator's wife. There are multiple versions of this Bénédictine and dry vermouth cocktail, some including gin, but we think the gin-free version tastes as good as its stronger counterparts.
Can you guess what’s in this cocktail? Look who’s smart. This drink is so simple to make, you can build it right in the glass and enjoy within seconds. Yes, sometimes life is truly is that simple.
Like the Mimosa, a Bloody Mary is a staple at any brunch. But if you don’t want to start off your weekend with a dose of vodka, try the The Smokin’ Mary, which contains a homemade liqueur rounded out with vegetable juice and hot sauce. This is one of the booziest low-proof drinks we know.
Want to start your day off right? Add a touch of Grand Marnier and simple syrup to your morning cup. This is the perfect beverage for the morning after a big night out, when hair of the dog and caffeine are essential.
Ancho chile liqueur packs a pepper wallop for those who like their cocktails on the spicy side. Mellowed with elderflower liqueur, this cocktail has distinctive flavors that make the Estridentista hard to shake.
With ingredients including sparkling wine and strawberries, you might think about Mom when you’re handed such a sweet, delicate drink. The combination of berries and bubbles add up to a drink perfect for sipping in the sun with friends who don’t want another hangover.
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