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18 Gloriously Boozy Food And Drink Hacks That'll Make All Your Friends Say, "I'm Stealing This Idea For My Next Party"

Every weekend should be a three-day weekend.

I don't know about you, but I really love a great cocktail or a delicious glass of wine anytime...but especially on a warm summer night. And with Memorial Day weekend right around the corner, I figured I'd share some of my favorite tried-and-true boozy hacks. Whether you're planning a summer gathering or just looking for fun ways to upgrade your cocktail repertoire, I hope these tricks will come in handy. Cheers!

Two tropical cocktails on a table

1. Turn Trader Joe's $2 coconut smoothie into a knockoff piña colada.

A bottle of Trader Joe's coconut smoothie

2. Use frozen grapes to chill wine without watering it down.

Frozen grapes in a glass of white wine

3. If you're hosting a crowd, do your bartending in advance by batch-prepping cocktails and serving them on ice.

4. Make a low-maintenance spritz starting with your favorite sparkling water.

Boxes of LaCroix water at a market

5. Use wet paper towels or a dish towel to chill warm beer or wine bottles in a hurry.

Rolling a wine bottle in a wet dish towel

6. Turn a bottle of Corona into an extra-cute, fruity cocktail.

Two Corona Sunrise drinks in Corona bottles

7. Turn summer sangria into a frozen dessert.

8. Or while you're at it, make sangria jello shots.

9. Turn just three ingredients into the most refreshing and boozy raspberry vodka lemonade.

10. Make some adult Capri Sun for the sake of nostalgia.

11. Put old-school flavored powdered drink mix packets to use in the best way possible.

12. Use your favorite hard seltzer as the base of a seriously refreshing boozy slushy.

13. Soak gummy bears in booze for a chic summertime aperitivo-inspired snack.

14. Make easy alcoholic beverages with a common kitchen staple: jam.

15. Upgrade your spicy margaritas with Tajín seasoning.

A margarita with a Tajín rim

16. Infuse cheap vodka with Jolly Ranchers for a colorful and festive party drink.

Different pitchers of colored vodka

17. Soak some boozy melon balls for the ultimate refreshing snack.

18. Minimize your inevitable hangover by remembering to prep something for yourself for the night or morning after.

What's your favorite cocktail hack or a fun boozy trick that others should know about?