POPSUGAR Food

The 10 Best Back-Patio Beverages

Apr 25 2013 - 4:25am

We can just see it now — sitting on the backyard patio under the sun sipping on our favorite drinks. Luckily, thanks to the warmer weather that's here, we can make that happen as soon as this afternoon. That's why we've rounded up some of our favorite drinks to enjoy outside. There's something for everyone, like Champagne cocktails for your boozy brunches and Arnold Palmers for more laid-back afternoons. Cheers to savoring Spring with these refreshing beverages in hand!

Arnold Palmer

Get the best of both worlds with a classic
Arnold Palmer [1]. All you have to do is mix iced tea and lemon juice with simple syrup, and you've got yourself one plucky beverage.

Rossellini

Take standard sangria for a spin when you make this Rossellini cocktail [2]. Made with white wine and orange bitters, it's something you'll want to sip on for happy hour and beyond.

Balsamic Bloody Mary

Think you know Bloody Marys? Think again. Try this tangy balsamic-vinegar-enhanced [3] version, and we have a feeling it will be the only kind you reach for from here on out.

Whiskey Lemonade

It's not the lemonade from your childhood, that's for sure. Add club soda to the classic lemonade and spike it with whiskey [4] for a fizzy treat on a warm day.

Rhubarb Soda

It's easy putting one of Spring's most coveted vegetables to good use. Just stir some rhubarb syrup with sparkling water for a pink rhubarb soda [5] that will quench your thirst all season long.

The Southern Exposure

So fresh and green — that's exactly how to describe this Spring-appropriate Southern Exposure cocktail [6]. Think of it as a gin-based mojito [7], but without the supersweet factor and with some unexpected celery juice.

Grapefruit-Elderflower Sparkler

What better way to toast the warm weather than with a grapefruit champagne cocktail [8]? Don't forget to add in the elderflower liqueur, which brings a floral flavor that's perfect for Spring.

Banana Almond Shake

Enjoy mornings outside with this banana-almond smoothie [9]. It's so velvety smooth, you'll wonder how you ever went without it before.

Lavender Collins Cocktail

Just one look at this stunner, and you know it's got to be good. Get your floral fix this season in the form of a delicious, refreshing lavender and vodka cocktail [10].

Mango Mimosas

Before you think you're so over mimosas, you'll want to give these a chance. Our memorable mimosas [11] aren't made from orange juice like you're used to. Instead, they call for a savory blend of mango puree and grapefruit juice.


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