Summer’s long daylight hours are best soaked up with a drink in hand sipped steadily throughout the afternoon. But drawn-out days demand conscious pacing — of both sun and drink — to prevent burnout. The secret lies in low-ABV cocktails. Taking a cue from Europe’s long-established aperitivo culture, this summer‘s best drinks are light on alcohol and big on flavor. Below, find three low-impact cocktail recipes from award-winning bartenders, made for sipping all afternoon long and easily multiplied for punch bowls and pitchers.
A Tiki Cocktail That Won’t Put You Under the Table
A refreshingly palatable, low-ABV tiki cocktail from award-winning bartender Claire Sprouse — because nothing good comes from drinking overproof rum.
Start Your Weekend Off Right with a Pitcher (or Two) of This Spritz
A slightly sweet, slightly herbaceous, effervescent cocktail best sipped outdoors, slowly and all day long — with Instagram-worthy garnishes, to boot.
For a Drink Best Sipped All Day Long, Take a Cue from Britain
A low-alcohol take on the quintessentially British Pimm’s Cup, balancing fruity flavors with bitter, herbal ingredients. Make it for one, or scale measurements accordingly to fuel a crowd.
Sip straight from the can or pour over ice and garnish appropriately, with ample sun and optional antics. Read the Story