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These refreshing cocktails are the perfect addition for entertaining during the summer

Cocktail parties are the same as dinner parties: The goal is to enjoy time with friends, not cook all night! Many summer wine cocktails require blending or cooling, so the more you can prepare the night before or earlier in the day, the more enjoyable happy hour will be.

4 Wine Cocktails to Spice Up Your Summer

Cocktail parties are the same as dinner parties: The goal is to enjoy time with friends, not cook all night! Many summer wine cocktails require blending or cooling, so the more you can prepare the night before or earlier in the day, the more enjoyable happy hour will be.

Fruit Wine Margarita

Fruity margaritas are all the rage right now. So why not try them with wine? Just choose a fruit and add tequila and wine. Soon, you’ll be enjoying a yummy spin on America’s favorite cocktail.

Apple-Cinnamon Sangria

This concoction is perfect for those cool summer evenings. It’s filled with apples, cranberries, and apricots. Just add some brandy and cinnamon, and you’re in for a treat.

Riesling Strawberry Slush

Alcoholic smoothies are a summer staple. But instead of pumping them with liquor, go a little lighter with riesling. I often pair strawberries with limes for this recipe, but you can use any fruits.


I love feeling fancy in my own backyard, and this wine cocktail definitely does the trick! Plus, this recipe consists of multiple inexpensive ingredients, including cucumber, lime, grapes, mint, and seltzer water. This concoction creates the perfect fizz for a hot night.

The Best Canned Cocktails to Drink Right Now

These pre-mixed cocktails are the easiest way to take your happy hour al fresco.

Once upon a time, if you wanted a cocktail for your on-the-go adventures, you had to break out your own bar cart and thermos for a DIY mixology session. But now, between the rise of to-go cocktails and the increasing popularity of pre-mixed cocktail options, enjoying a truly top-notch tipple far from the constraints of your home or your favorite bars and restaurants is easier than ever. In fact, with the season for outdoor drinking (picnics, garden parties, poolside lounging, beach days) upon us, there's never been a better time to dip your toe into the world of canned cocktails.

From classics like Old Fashioneds and Negronis to esoteric options from top bars and day-drinking ready sparklers, here are the boozy canned beverages you need to sip this summer.

If you want a real "right from the bartender" taste, Tip Top's blends strike the perfect chord. They specialize in classic cocktails like the Old Fashioned, Manhattan, or this perfectly bittersweet Negroni, all in handy, single-serve 100mL cans.

Cutwater makes a variety of interesting canned cocktail options, from Bloody Marys and White Russians to simple G&Ts. For a day at the beach (or just making a day feel like a day at the beach) we like this tropical sip made with barrel-aged rum.

When a World's Best Bar winner teams up with a canned cocktail brand for a ready-made cocktail, we sit up and take notice. The result&mdasha gin based tipple with flavors of cucumber, lemon, and grape&mdashis perfect for warm weather sipping, even if you can't make it to one of the bar's NYC locations.

Your socially distanced brunch plans just got easier thanks to this pop-and-sip mimosa made with real orange juice. If you feel like mixing things up, the brand also creates a Bellini as well as Cranberry and Mango versions of their mimosas.

Think pink with a tangy, sparkling grapefruit and tequila concoction from this women-owned brand which also produces eclectic sparkling cocktails like an Apple Gimlet or a citrusy New Fashioned.

Think of this slender can as a boozy lemonade's cooler cousin. Made simply with Usual's brut sparkling wine and first press Japanese yuzu juice, it's bright and tangy (not super sweet) with an extra hint of something special from the yuzu that will have you reaching for it as a refresher all season.

They might be relatively new on this side of the sea, but the Finnish "long drink" aka lonkero traces its roots back to 1952 Summer Games in Helsinki when was developed as a way to serve cocktails to tourists fast. The effervescent gin-based drink is flavored with grapefruit for a refreshing, "drink it all day" experience.

Want to really bring the party? This mega-sized can serves a dozen spicy twists (think: ginger, cinnamon and chili pepper) of the classic margarita that's ready to serve, resealable, and self-stable for up to 6 months.

Espresso martinis have been having a moment in recent years, and this canned, Arabica coffee-based cocktail makes meeting up with your nearest and dearest for ones easier than ever.

28 Refreshing Summer Cocktails That Totally Beat the Heat

Happy hour lasts all season long thanks to these summer drink recipes.

Don&rsquot face another sweltering day without one of these summer cocktails in in hand. From old favorites (ice-cold daiquiris) to new discoveries (a tomato cocktail that doesn&rsquot involve horseradish or 10 things on a skewer), we&rsquove got you quenched. Want something light and not-too-sweet? Maybe a tangy paloma is for you. Feeling a slushy? Do we have a granita recipe for you! How about something to go with that killer picnic food spread you put together? Throw together a pitcher or two of your favorite sangria recipe &mdash red, white, or somewhere in between.

Whether you're sipping your drinks poolside, seaside, or next to the air conditioner, these cocktails &mdash fruity, sweet, and spicy &mdash will keep you cool all summer long. Cheers!

26 cocktails to celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Staying in on Cinco de Mayo this year? Well, you can still drink(o) on the cinco at home. HOLA! USA has rounded up a number of spicy and sweet recipes that will give you and your household something to taco bout. From Casamigos to Jose Cuervo and more, check out these cocktails that are a must for any fiesta.

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© Courtesy of DeLeon Tequila

DeLeón Spicy Serrano & Cucumber Martini

• 1 1/2 oz DeLeón Blanco Tequila

• 3 oz Fresh Pressed Cucumber Juice

• 1-2 Slices Muddled Serrano Chile

• Garnish: Cucumber Slice on a Gold Skewer and Chile Verde Salt (Sea Salt with Ground Green Chile)

Muddle Serrano chile and cilantro in a shaker tin. Add DeLeón Blanco tequila, cucumber juice, lime juice, agave nectar and ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a cucumber skewer.

Coco Conga

• 2 oz BACARDĺ Superior Rum

• Splash of BACARDĺ Coconut Flavored Rum

• Garnish: Mint Sprig and Lime Wedge

Add the BACARDĺ Superior Rum, lime juice sugar and mint to a highball glass. Press mint with a bar spook to release oil. Add crushed ice, almost to top, and churn. Top with club soda and crown with a splash of BACARDĺ Coconut Flavored Rum. Garnish with a mint sprig and lime wedge.

Casamigos Spicy Mangorita

• 1.5 oz Casamigos Reposado Tequila

• ½ Thick Rim of Salt, Sugar, Taji­n Mixture (Equal Parts)

Wet rocks glass, rim and roll half rim in salt/sugar/Tajín mixture. Combine all of the ingredients into a tin shaker. Muddle cilantro/serrano, add ice, shake vigorously, and fine strain into a rimmed rocks glass. Add fresh ice and garnish with a cilantro sprig.

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Tequila Cazadores’ Spicy Margarita

• 1 ½ parts Cazadores Blanco

• ½ part Premium Orange Liqueur

Combine all of the ingredients with ice. Shake and strain into a salted glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Cucumber Watermelon Margarita

• ¾ part Agave Nectar (or Substitute with Simple Syrup)

• Garnish: Tajin and Watermelon and Cucumber Spears.

Muddle watermelon & cucumber in a Boston shaker. Add the remaining ingredients. Shake and strain over fresh ice. Garnish with Tajin and watermelon and cucumber spears.

© Courtesy of Sweet Liberty Miami Beach

Sweet Liberty’s Something Spicy with Tequila

• Garnish: Lime Wheel and Sprinkling of Tajin

Pour straight from slushee machine and garnish with lime wheel and sprinkling of Tajin + small straw.

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Grand Marnier’s Grand Margarita

• .75 part Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge

• 1.5 parts Espolon Reposado Tequila

Rim the rocks glass with fine salt (optional). Combine the ingredients in a shaker tin. Add ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice and garnish with lime wedge for an elevated twist on the classic margarita.

© Courtesy of DeLeon Tequila

DeLeón Red Raspberry Raspado

• 1 1/2 oz DeLeón Blanco Tequila

• Garnish: Lemon Slice, Red Raspberry, Mint, Gold Skewer

Add all of the ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Fill a rocks glass with shaved ice. Pour cocktails over ice. Garnish with lemon slice, red raspberry and mint on a skewer.

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Tierra Madre Recipe by Revel Spirits

• .5 oz G.E. Massenez Creme de Gingembre

• 1 Full Dropper of Addition Tarragon Bitters

• Garnish: 3-4 Tarragon Leaves on Golden Beet Foam or Slice

Shake all of the ingredients with ice and double-strain over a large rock in a double Old Fashioned glass. Add garnish.

Mijenta Paloma

• 2 parts Mijenta Blanco Tequila

• 1 part Agave/Cinnamon Syrup

Shake all of the ingredients with plenty of ice. Strain into a wine glass filled with ice. Top with prosecco. Garnish with grapefruit peel.

© Courtesy of Corralejo Tequila

Spanish Peach Margarita

• 2 oz Corralejo Tequila Silver

Tear mint leaves into fourths and add to a shaker. Add tequila, peach schnapps, agave nectar and lemon juice to the shaker. Shake vigorously. Strain over ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a mint leaf.

1800 Coco Creamsicle Margarita

• 2 oz 1800 Coconut Tequila

• Garnish: Lemon Wheel and Salt

Shake and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with salt rim & lemon wheel

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El Coco Carlos

• 2 oz. Flecha Azul Reposado Tequila

Start by muddling an orange wedge in your shaker, then combine the rest of the ingredients into a shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into a salted rocks glass over one giant cube. Garnish with an orange spiral.

Grapefruit and Jalapeño Margarita

• 1 1/2 oz Jose Cuervo® Tradicional® Reposado

• 1 oz Freshly Squeezed Red Grapefruit Juice

• 1 oz Freshly Squeezed Lime juice

Add all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Salt your rim if desired. Shake and pour over ice. You can add the jalapeño into the mixer and mix for a stronger kick, or add to the drink after and let sit for a minute before drinking. Enjoy!

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Dano’s Summer Sangria

• 4 oz Dano’s Pineapple & Jalapeno Tequila

Chill wine, then combine all of the ingredients in a pitcher. Add fresh fruit like strawberries, pineapple, and lime wedges. Include jalapeño slices for extra spice. Serve over ice.

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Italian Rita

• 1 oz Martini & Rossi Fiero

Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake together. Pour over ice into a rocks glass and garnish with a lime wheel.

Fresh Ink Smoked Margarita

• 1 Pinch of Smoked Paprika

Prepare a rocks glass by moistening the rim and rolling it in smoked sea salt. Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake to chill. Fine strain over fresh ice cubes in the prepared glass. Garnish with a lime and a dusting of smoked paprika.

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Bodega Taqueria y Tequila’s Pico Picante

• 1.5 oz of Casamigos Blanco

• .5 oz of Ilegal Joven Mezcal

• 1.75 oz of Pico Mix (.75 oz Cucumber Juice .75 oz Jalapeño Syrup .25 oz Cilantro)

In a shaker, combine the tequila, mezcal and pico mix. Add in the pico mix and dash of orange bitters and shake vigorously. Pour into a highball glass over ice and garnish with a cucumber swirl.

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American Social’s Spicy Guava-rita

• 1 ½ oz Choice of Tanteo Tequila

Combine all of the ingredients in a mixing tin. Rim cocktail glass with jalapeno salt. Shake, strain over fresh ice.

© Courtesy of Volcán De Mi Tierra Tequila

La Valoma Cocktail

• 2 oz Volcan Blanco Tequila

• 1.5 oz Fresh Grapefruit Juice

Combine Volcan Blanco, fresh lime and grapefruit juice, salt, and agave syrup in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain over ice in a highball glass. Top with soda water and garnish with a grapefruit wedge.

© Courtesy of La Adelita Tequila

Tequila Mango Colada

• Mango Puree: 4 Chunks of Frozen Mango with a Light Squeeze of Agave

• 2 oz La Adelita Tequila Blanco

• 1 oz of 50/50 Lemon-Lime Juice

• Garnish: Fresh Mango and Thyme

Make the mango agave puree in a food processor. Blend 4-5 mango chunks and a light squeeze (approx. 3/4 oz.) of Agave. Blend until semi-smooth and set aside.Juice half a lemon and half a lime into a small glass and set aside. In a shaker tin, add the mango agave puree, lemon-lime juice mixture, 3/4 oz. cream of coconut, and ice. Shake well and strain over fresh ice in a glass.Garnish with fresh thyme and mango. Enjoy!

© Courtesy of Hornitos Tequila Seltzer

Spicy Cucumber Margarita

• 3 parts Hornitos Plata Tequila

• 1/2 part DeKuyper Triple Sec Liqueur

• 1 part Agave Nectar (Optional)

• Garnish: Thinly Sliced Cucumbers and Jalapeño Slices

Muddle 1-2 thin slices of jalapeño pepper in the bottom of a cocktail shaker with the lime, lemon and optional agave nectar juices. Add the Tequila, Triple Sec and a handful of ice. Shake and strain into a margarita glass over ice. Garnish with thinly sliced cucumbers, and Jalapeño slices (optional for spice).

Spicy Jalapeno X Volley Margarita

• 1 can of Zesty Lime Volley Tequila Seltzer

• 5-6 slices of Green Jalapeño

In a tin, muddle jalapeños with ½ oz of lime juice. Add ¾ oz of Pineapple juice, 1 oz of Mezcal, and one can of Zesty Lime Volley. Stir all of the ingredients and pour into a large glass over ice. If you like it extra spicy, add a few dashes of Tabasco.

Pink Tiger by Ojo de Tigre Artesanal Mezcal

• 1.5 Parts Ojo de Tigre Mezcal

• 4 Parts Grapefruit Soda (Fever Tree recommended)

• Garnish: Pink Grapefruit Slice or Lime Wheel

Build all of the ingredients over ice in a highball glass and stir to mix. Garnish with a pink grapefruit slice or lime wheel.

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The Don Paco

• Dash of Chocolate Bitters

• Garnish: Skinny Dipped Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Prepare a clean glass with ice. In a blender, add more ice, YaVe Tequila, Kahlua, cream, peanut butter and chocolate bitters. Blend until smooth. Once smooth, pour into your prepared glass over ice. Garnish with Skinny Dipped Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups.

Mad Horchata

• 1 cup Uncooked White Rice (Any Type Works)

• 1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk

• 1 can MAD TASTY (Unicorn Tears)

• Chocolate Syrup (If Desired)

Wash and then drain the rice to remove excess starches. Place rice, cinnamon sticks, and water into a bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Next day, add half of the mixture (rice, 1 stick, and some of the soak water) to a blender. (Vitamix works best) Puree until very smooth and pasty (about 5 minutes). Strain this mixture through a fine sieve over a bowl or wide mouth pitcher. Push solids through with a rubber spatula. Repeat with remaining rice/ water overnighted mixture. In a separate bowl, mix sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and the splash of vanilla extract. Stir into pasty rice mixture really well. Pour about 6 ounces of the rice milk mixture into a 14 oz. glass. Pour 6 oz. MAD TASTY over top. Give a stir with a fork until white foamy bubbles are created. Top off with chocolate syrup as desired!

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Cocktail in a Snap (and Still Snap Your Jeans)

For cocktail enthusiast and weight loss coach Katy Gillis, it&rsquos all about healthy, clean drinks that she can mix up in a snap!

"I send this quick recipe [for a raspberry lemonade martini] to my clients who are looking to cut down on the calories but still indulge and enjoy life with a cocktail now and then," she says.

To prepare: Mix one shot of vodka, one shot of Triple Sec (leave this out if you&rsquore on a tighter calorie budget), and Tropicana Trop50 Raspberry Lemonade (to fill the martini glass). Shake it all with ice and pour it into a chilled martini glass. Add a twist of lemon and voila!

El Guapo

  • 2 oz. tequila or mezcal
  • Half a lime, quartered
  • 3-4 cucumber slices
  • 0.75 oz. simple syrup
  • 3-5 dashes (about 0.25 oz.) hot sauce

Add lime pieces to shaker tin and muddle to get as much juice out as possible. At the rest of the ingredients, shake hard for 5 to 6 seconds and dump the whole thing, ice and all, into a large rocks glass. Taste for balance and add more lime juice as necessary. Garnish with a sprinkle of salt and a good crack of black pepper.


Photo: courtesy El Silencio

Tequila or Mezcal: This drink originally calls for tequila, but I prefer it with the fat smoke of mezcal, which leans into its inherent rustic quality. Both are great, use whichever you prefer. As for brands, no need to go get something special&mdashthe inclusion of the hot sauce will draw focus away from the spirit, so it&rsquos not so important. As mentioned when we were talking about the Paloma, you want your tequila or mezcal to be 100% agave as a basic minimum standard, but there are lots of good and inexpensive bottles in that category. For tequila, I&rsquod guide toward Cimarron, Olmeca Altos or Real del Valle, and for mezcal, Banhez, El Silencio, and Del Maguey Vida are all excellent, but there&rsquos plenty more great and affordable mixing spirits.

Lime Juice: Muddling limes is a bit annoying. While it presses the skins to get more zest, which is great, it&rsquos frustratingly inexact in terms of how much juice you get out of them, and you&rsquoll almost always have to tweak post-shaking to make sure it&rsquos balanced. Also totally acceptable is just using 0.75 oz. lime juice and being done with it. If you really miss the zest, cut or peel a small piece of lime skin, throw it into the tin with the rest of the ingredients and shake it with the ice.

Cucumber: I learned this drink with cucumber many years ago, but as it turns out, the cucumber is not in Ross&rsquos original recipe. There&rsquos cucumber in the Gordon&rsquos Breakfast, a gin version of this that (I believe) slightly predates it, but not here, at least not traditionally. Feel free to omit it, though I think its presence as a shock absorber for the spice is much welcome.

Hot Sauce: the recipe specifically calls for Cholula, which is indeed an excellent choice. I&rsquove made it with Tapatio, with Sriracha and with a homemade smoked fresno hot sauce, and they&rsquove all been excellent. I liked Tabasco less, but I also like it less across the board, so I suspect your favorite will be just fine. Use whatever you enjoy.

Every week bartender Jason O’Bryan mixes his up his favorite drinks for you. Check out his past cocktail recipes.

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