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7 Low-Proof Cocktails You Have to Try

Grasshopper cocktail
Grasshopper. Image: / Tim Nusog

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 seven cocktails will have your blood-alcohol level thanking you.

  • Americano

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    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.

  • Mimosa

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    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.

  • Magic Hour

    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 flutes is fine with us.

  • Queen Elizabeth

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    Though this cocktail shares its name with 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.

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  • Kir Royale

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    With just two ingredients—Champagne and crème de cassis—this drink is so easy to make, you can build it right in the glass and enjoy it within seconds. Yes, sometimes life is truly is that simple.

  • Grasshopper

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    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.