While the Bloody Mary might be the most recognizable stalwart of the day drinking canon, there are plenty of cocktails that are equally appropriate—if not more so—to enjoy throughout the afternoon. From highball to spritz to cobbler, the best day drinks are both refreshing and low in alcohol, whether a summer-ready watermelon and basil punch or a sherry-laced “suppressor” that’s perfect for cooler seasons. Here, a selection of our favorite recipes for every season.
Make it a Spritz
Joe Campanale’s ode to aperitivo.
The Italian classic goes effervescent.
Punch House Spritz
A grapefruit-studded twist on the original.
Parish Hall Punch
A cider-topped sparkler.
Rosé all day.
Herbal and bitter.
Powered by Campari.
A wintery adaptation.
White Negroni Sbagliato
A modern riff on the happy mistake.
Make it a Highball
The original hard lemonade.
An aptly named twist on the classic.
A Tom Collins with the grace of a Greyhound.
Salted Plum Vodka Collins
The classic, by way of Thailand.
A vodka- and lemon-spiked people pleaser.
Rome with a View
Engawa’s Japanese Highball
The proper way to highball.
Refreshing and herbal.
Make it Fruity
Mexico’s tequila Collins.
A sage-infused riff on the original.
The simple combination of vodka and grapefruit.
A crimson-colored sparkler.
Watermelon, meet basil.
A wasabi-spiced refresher.
The Negroni’s spritzier, taller brother.
Make it with Beer
The classic gets a tropical twist.
The Pastry War’s Michelada
The OG in overdrive.
Hotel San José’s Michelada
A meaty take on the original.
Michelada de la Madre
Featuring a basil-lemon ice cube, no less.
The Michelada heads to Japan.
A ginger-spiked mezcal and tonic.
Fresa Y Cerveza
All of the strawberries.
A tiki-fied shandy.
The tiki way to radler.
The classic with a spirit back.
A box full of bitters and beer.
Bitter is better.
A radler with a Spanish accent.
Cold in the Shadows
The spritz goes to California.
Make it with Wine or Liqueur
The bubbly version of the Old-Fashioned.
A sherry-laced Spain vs. Italy matchup.
PX for the win.
A Cocchi-fueled triple threat.
Pommeau by way of Italy.
A bitter twist on Barolo chinato.
Mulled wine with a chill.
A coffee-spiked winter warmer.