The classic combination of gin, lime juice and simple syrup gets a fresh-produce boost in the Cucumber, Basil & Lime Gimlet. Swap out gin for vodka, add a little lemonade and you've got the ideal warm-weather cocktail.
It's easy to see why the dark rum-based Daiquiri is a classic. The perfectly balanced combination of sweet, sour and spirit is refreshing and tangy, but also quite simple to make at home. Try making the recipe below and add this fool-proof drink to your bartending arsenal.
The coral-hued Aperol Spritz is one of the most popular aperitifs in Italy, and for good reason. Low in alcohol, aromatic with citrus and slightly bitter, Aperol pairs seamlessly with chilled Prosecco to whet the appetite. Meeting friends for an after work Spritz is a long-established Italian tradition—and one that’s easily replicated anywhere.
While the Margarita is one of the most popular cocktails in North America, its origins are shrouded in mystery. There are almost as many stories about who invented the margarita as there are margarita recipes. Some like them blended, others with a sweetener, but many argue the best margarita recipe is this classic one. Memorize it and you’ll never fail to impress.
Try the delicious and simple rum-based Hemingway Daiquiri. Papa approved!
Get dizzy with this Averna and lemon cocktail.
Thai basil adds an irreplaceable accent to this vodka-and-ginger-ale concoction.
Whiskey and spiced rum spike this fresh-fruit punch.
A fruity version of an old classic.
Mojito + ginger beer = refreshing and delicious.
Who says medicine can't taste amazing? This essential cocktail was created for sailors as a way to prevent scurvy. It didn't take long to realize that this preventative drink was also delicious. While scurvy may be of the past, it seems like this tart tipple is here to stay.
A refreshing twist on the classic.
Tired of Margaritas? Try this simple tequila and pineapples juice cocktail.
Spice up your night with this complex cocktail.
An island paradise right in your glass.
This easy, fruity and bubbly cocktail will blow you away. It combines the Brazilian sugarcane liquor cachaça with a sweet and tart cherry liqueur. Try the recipe for the Cherry Bomb below.
This fresh, summery punch could have cooled the flames of the French Revolution.
It doesn’t get much simpler than this easy take on the classic.
Make a roomful of people happy all at once.
Like Cosmopolitans? Try this flavorful and easy tequila version of the drink.
Want to party like Sammy Hagar? Try his signature Margarita recipe.
Easy, breezy, tropical.
Upgrade this tropical rum cocktail with a scoop of coconut sorbet.
Make this simple drink to show off a fruit- or herb-infused spirit you made yourself.
Get transported to Jamaica with this coconut and pineapple concoction.
A whiskey and ginger ale with a delicious citrus twist.
You have to mix one up to find out why it's so grand.
Looking for a vodka drink with a bite? The Moscow Mule marries the clear spirit with ginger for a spicy kick. Lime adds a citrusy touch for a taste that will keep you coming back for more.
Drink this tart and fizzy rum cooler to escape the heat.
The spicy kick of ginger is a welcome addition to this update of the Margarita.
Keep your ingredients seasonal and the drink tropical with the fruity Sea Breeze, a recipe that's great for winter imbibing. It's light and refreshing and—bonus—it takes less than five minutes to make.
Try talented mixologist Junior Merino’s take on the classic tequila cocktail.
This twist on the summery classic is rich with antioxidants.
Jazz up your Margarita with a bit of Grand Marnier, a cognac-and-orange-liqueur.
Go heavy on the antioxidants.
Its flavor is full-size.
The Pisco Sour is an exotic twist for any cocktail party or gathering. While both Chile and Peru claim this classic as their own, this cocktail has sweet and sour flavors that can be enjoyed anywhere in the world.
A sip of this concoction will convince you that red bell pepper deserves a place behind the bar.
You put the lime in the coconut and drink 'em both together.
Load up on vitamin C.
Reintroduce yourself to this simple-to-make classic.
A little pear syrup turns the basic Mojito into a great fall cocktail.
Every day is carnaval when you're drinking the national cocktail of Brazil.
Warm up with this shiraz-and-vodka drink.
Herbal and complex Averna from Italy combines with bright and crisp Death's Door Gin from Wisconsin in a refreshing sip-on-the-patio beverage.
Try this fizzy absinthe drink.
A fruity concoction to remind you of warmer times.
The shocking color belies a classy Champagne-and-tequila concoction.
Spice up this classic with a wasabi-spiked tomato mix.
Caramelized-pineapple syrup makes this tropical rum drink something very special.