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11 Cocktails to Make for Pride Month

Vodka Soda with Pride flag / Tim Nusog / Laura Sant

We’ve pulled together a rainbow’s worth of drinks to try this month. Or a rainbow flag’s worth, that is—a cocktail corresponding to every color of the Progress Flag. These 11 drinks will fuel all of your Pride Month celebrations.

  • Red: Negroni

    Negroni / Tim Nusog

    You can never go wrong with the equal-parts mix of gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth. The result is a drink that’s sweet and bitter simultaneously.

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  • Orange: Naked & Famous

    Naked and Famous cocktail / Tim Nusog

    Sure, you can make an Aperol Spritz. Or shake up this smoky Last Word riff, an equal-parts combination of mezcal, Aperol, Yellow Chartreuse, and lime juice.

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  • Yellow: Harvey Wallbanger

    Harvey Wallbanger cocktail / Tim Nusog

    This throwback disco drink is enjoying a recent revival at bars and on brunch menus. The combination of vodka, Galliano, and orange juice goes from day-drinking to dance floor with easy, boozy, retro elegance.

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  • Green: Mojito

    Mojito cocktail / Tim Nusog

    Nothing says “beach” (or possibly “I’d rather be at the beach”) like this fun and perennially popular mix of rum, mint, lime juice, and simple syrup, topped with club soda.

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  • Blue: Adios, Motherfucker

    Walk Me Down cocktail / Tim Nusog

    This drink, basically a blue-hued Long Island Iced Tea with its mix of nearly every spirit under the sun, is surprisingly delicious when made properly with high-quality ingredients. Just make sure to use homemade sweet-and-sour mix rather than the store-bought stuff.

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  • Purple: Color-Changing Martini

    Color Changing Martini / Tim Nusog

    It’s shockingly easy to make this cocktail change from blue to purplish-pink, thanks to the magic of butterfly pea flower extract and the way it interacts with acidic ingredients—in this case, lemon juice. Gin, ginger liqueur, and simple syrup round out the mix, allowing you to impress your guests with the cocktail’s spicy-sweet flavor as well as its color-changing magic.

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  • Black: Black Manhattan

    Black Manhattan / Tim Nusog

    Take the classic Manhattan and give it a twist, mixing its rye whiskey and bitters with Averna, a bittersweet Italian liqueur, rather than the usual sweet vermouth. The result is delicious, elegant and 100% booze, guaranteed to get the job done in the fanciest of ways.

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  • Brown: Boilermaker

    Boilermaker / Tim Nusog

    For the beer-and-a-shot types, there’s a simpler name for that combo. One word, actually: Boilermaker. A classic bourbon or rye whiskey works well with a light lager, while bold Irish whiskeys enjoy the extra flavor of an IPA.

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  • Light Blue: Blue Hawaiian

    Blue Hawaiian / Tim Nusog

    Not to be confused with its predecessor, the Blue Hawaii, this improved version is basically a blue Piña Colada, a delicious tropical mix of rum, blue curaçao, pineapple, and lemon juices, and cream of coconut. It’s perfect for sipping poolside.

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  • Pink: Cosmopolitan

    Cosmopolitan cocktail / Tim Nusog

    This legendary cocktail reached its height of popularity in the 1990s, when it was a favorite order on the TV show Sex and the City. To make a version that’s properly balanced, you’ll need citrus-flavored vodka, Cointreau, lime juice, and a splash of cranberry.

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  • White: Vodka Soda

    Vodka Soda / Tim Nusog

    If you’ve only been handed super-strong versions of this drink, know that making it yourself at home is ridiculously easy. Pour a generous slug of vodka into a tall glass with ice, top with chilled soda water, and stir gently to combine. Garnish with a twist or slice of lemon or lime, if you like.

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