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28 Great Ways To Get Your Day-Drink On

Is winter over yet? By which I mean: When can we drink outside?

1. Cucumber Cooler

Dana Shultz / minimalistbaker.com

Essentially a gin and tonic + cucumber and mint. Lord knows there’s nothing wrong with that. Get the recipe.

2. The Gin Hound

Mark Weinberg / food52.com

Grapefruit juice + gin + vermouth + lemon. Get the recipe.

3. The Sidewalker

Ashley Rodriguez / bonappetit.com

A tangy, shandy-like punch made with brandy, lemon, maple syrup, and Hefeweizen beer. Get the recipe.

4. Grapefruit Mimosa

Good morning! Get the recipe.

5. Bloody Beers

We Are The Rhoads / bonappetit.com

Blood Mary meets michelada. Get the recipe.

6. Boozy Blueberry Lemonade

Get the recipe.

7. Bourbon-Cherry Cooler

Get your muddle on with any kind of fruit if it’s not quite cherry time yet. Aperol helps give the drink its pretty color. Get the recipe at HonestlyYUM.

8. Ginger Beer Margaritas

Dana Shultz / minimalistbaker.com

The ginger beer makes this a little lighter than your average marg (and thus fully appropriate for daylight hours). Get the recipe.

9. Aperol Spritz

Aperol is lovely because it’s got the complexity of other, stronger bitter-ish aperitifs, but is low-alc enough that you won’t pass out before dinner. Get the recipe.

10. Clementine Cocktail

Maureen Petrosky / thekitchn.com

The perfect way to use up your end-of-winter clementines. Get the recipe.

11. Sparkling Red Wine Cocktails

Anything that involves bourbon, Lambrusco (aka sparkling red wine), AND Orangina is definitely something you should be interested in. Get the recipe.

12. Spicy Gin Cucumber Lemonade

Heather Christo / heatherchristo.com

There’s a pinch of cayenne in there to make things interesting (surprise!). Get the recipe.

13. Campari & IPA Spritzer

Anjali Prasertong / thekitchn.com

Sounds weird, but something about bittersweet Campari + bitter/fizzy beer = hot damn, that’s refreshing. I’m on a quest to train every bartender in the world to appreciate this drink. Get the recipe.

14. Raspberry Gin Fizz

Alexandra Steinmetz / the-dandy-life.com

Get the recipe.

15. The Bad Idea

The low-key love child of a margarita and a chelada: tequila, triple sec, lime, and ice-cold beer. Get the recipe.

16. Rhubarb Hibiscus Mojitos

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17. The White Thyme

Rachael White / rachaelwhite.me

A white wine spritzer that got a cool makeover with lemon juice, honey, and thyme. Get the recipe.

18. Strawberry Bourbon Lemonade

Sydney Kramer / crepesofwrath.net

Get the recipe.

19. Pimm’s & Ginger Beer

Rachael White / rachaelwhite.me

Get the recipe.

20. Luscious White Sangria

Lauren Rea / adashofsoul.com

Get the recipe.

21. Rubies & Thorns

Kimberley Hasselbrink / bonappetit.com

Lemon-thyme syrup adds some intrigue to the pretty combo of blood orange + gin. Get the recipe.

22. Ginger Mint Limeade

Kelly Carámbula / thebestremedy.co

Get the recipe.

23. Elderflower Berry Collins

The calls for an elderflower cordial like Bottlegreen, but you could also use a splash each of St. Germain and simple syrup. Get the recipe.

24. Lillet Rose Spring Cocktail

Hello, laydeez. Get the recipe.

25. Nacho Vidal

Marcus Nilsson / bonappetit.com

This sassy tequila-based drink takes a little doing because you have to make a spicy lime “shrub” syrup (shrub = involves vinegar), but after that it’s a snap. Get the recipe.

26. Bourbon Sweet Tea Cocktails

You can just leave that pitcher with me. Get the recipe.

27. Strawberry Rhubarb Sangria

Like pie, except sangria. Get the recipe.

28. Westward!

Kelly Carámbula / thebestremedy.co

Blood orange juice, vodka, and cinnamon simple syrup, plus fizz. Go west, everyone. Get the recipe.

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