Warmer days mean the start of spring entertaining season: lazy days outdoors with friends, cozy dinner parties with fresh produce, and Memorial Day or graduation parties. As we shed our bulky clothes for something lighter, so too should your drinks! Put down the heavy cocktail or mocktail, and keep things fun and bubbly with things like a refreshing, sparkling cucumber cooler or a non-alcoholic strawberry and basil soda.

15 Sparkling Drinks for Spring Entertaining

Warmer days mean the start of spring entertaining season: lazy days outdoors with friends, cozy dinner parties with fresh produce, and Memorial Day or graduation parties

An American classic - The Manhattan - is made with American whiskey, Italian vermouth, and Angustora bitters (from Trinidad and Tobago).

Manhattan In the early a "cocktail" connoted a drink mixed with bitters. The recipe for this one, which first appeared in Issue comes from Keen's Steakhouse in Manhattan. I actually prefer mine on the rocks.

Ward Eight Cocktail on the rocks I like the fact that it has the right touches to it almost gives you the "outback taste" due to the smokey flavor..Beautiful

Ward Eight Cocktail

The Ward Eight is a classic bourbon drink that adds a little sweetener to the whiskey sour base. - to make LC - use Liquid Stevia instead of simple syrup; use Cherry Extract or Juice instead of grenadine.

After-Dinner Amaro Cocktails

Fall into Italy, an Equal Parts Cocktail

A New Orleans staple, the classic Sazerac cocktail recipe features whiskey, syrup and bitters. It's a simple and iconic classic cocktail.

Cocktail Recipe: Cucumber, Ginger & Prosecco Sangria — Farmers Market Sangrias | The Kitchn

Cucumber, Ginger & Prosecco Sangria

Cocktail Recipe: Cucumber, Ginger & Prosecco Sangria — Farmers Market Sangrias (The Kitchn)

Orange Italian Mule - a refreshing and aromatic herbal take on the moscow mule! #fernetbranca #cocktail #sp

I like fernet. Orange Italian Mule - a refreshing and aromatic herbal take on the moscow mule!

The Americano is a low alcohol cocktail that combines sweet vermouth with Campari, an Italian orange aperitif.

The Americano is a low alcohol cocktail that combines sweet vermouth with Campari, an orange aperitif.

Recipe: Berry-Ginger Gin Cocktail — Spring Cocktails

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For watching the Derby, or just because it& spring, our money is on this refreshing sipper.

Why Rye? Inside the 9-Bottle Bar's Whiskey of Choice The 9-Bottle Bar

Why Rye? Inside the 9-Bottle Bar's Whiskey of Choice

Italian Greyhound with Rosemary Sugar - drink made with Aperol bitters, gin, and grapefruit juice. Sounds like a nice summery beverage; wondering how to get a similar profile in a non-alcoholic version.

Rosemary sugar, freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, aperol and gin make this a delicious party cocktail.

The 9-Bottle Bar Recipe: The Diplomat Cocktail — Drink Recipes from The Kitchn

The Diplomat Cocktail

The Diplomat Cocktail Serves 1 1 ounces dry vermouth ounce sweet vermouth ounce maraschino liqueur 2 dashes orange bitters Lemo.

The Checkup: 5 Healthier Cocktails to Order at Happy Hour – Philadelphia Magazine

5 Healthier Cocktails to Order at Happy Hour | Be Well Philly
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