We're headed into college graduation season, which for many means packing four years of accumulated stuff in garbage bags, last-hurrah Summer vacations, and — soon enough — leaps into résumé writing and job hunting. With so much on these graduates' minds, why not make a toast to your special hard worker with a party and some delicious cocktails? We've rounded up festive, refreshing, and great-tasting alcoholic bevvies for your favorite over-21 former collegians, as well as cocktails with nonalcoholic alternatives to toast grads of all ages and their adventures to come!
— Additional reporting by Emily Bibb
For High School Grads: Arnold Palmer
You can't go wrong with a classic Arnold Palmer . Mellow and refreshing, it's fitting for a casual graduation lunch.
For College Grads: Dark and Stormy
Last week's finals may have left your grad in a state of turmoil, but a dark and stormy made of dark rum , ginger beer, and lime juice should snap him or her into a celebratory mood.
For High School Grads: Sweet Southern Tea
A Southern sweet tea  is perfect for postgrad Summers!
For College Grads: Pimm's Cup
If the graduation takes place in the morning, kick start the celebration with a Pimm's Cup . This refreshing beverage is considerably low in alcohol, making it perfect for daytime drinking.
For High School Grads: Rhubarb Soda
Celebrate graduation with the sweet-tart flavor of a fizzy rhubarb soda . Consider pairing it with a rhubarb galette .
For College Grads: Tom Collins
Classic cocktails are all the rage, and a tart but cooling Tom Collins  will add pizzazz to any grad party.
For High School Grads: Fizzy Lavender Lemonade
Leave out the gin for a grown-up take on Summery lemonade .
For College Grads: Limoncello Champagne Cocktail
A hint of mint and sour-sweet lemon make this limoncello Champagne cocktail  a festive alternative to a traditional mimosa and perfect for graduation lunches or brunches.
For High School Grads: Vanilla Cream Soda
For a touch of nostalgic, grads can reach ofr this all-natural homemade vanilla cream soda .
For College Grads: Sazerac
The equally nostalgic classic Sazerac  is a great way to toast your college grad into the working world.
For High School Grads: Melon Mocktail
For a tart, refreshing sip, stir up a ranch mocktail ; this sparkling melon drink comes from a real-life spa, the Ranch at Live Oak Malibu.
For College Grads: Watermelon Margarita
For a different kind of melon refreshment, post-collegiates can knock back a few watermelon margaritas , rimmed with chili salt for an extra kick.
For High School Grads: Sparkling Additions
If you're serving sparkling cider or elegant sodas alongside Champagne, you can still dress up your "bubbly" with any number of pretty additions . Throw in some berries, rim the glasses with colored sugar, or garnish the soda with mint for a presentation that will make your grad feel extra special.
Sparkling Lillet and Grapefruit Cocktail
A sparkling lillet and grapefruit cocktail  is the perfect celebratory drink. Light, refreshing, and elegant, it's a great drink to begin an evening of celebration.
For High School Grads: Strawberry-Ginger Spritzer
Even after substituting soda water for the vodka, this concoction of muddled strawberries, ginger, mint, and lime  is still a crowd-pleaser.
For College Grads: Strawberry Margarita
By now, your grad is probably familiar with margaritas blended in bulk using Cuervo Gold and bottled mix. Treat her to something better: a strawberry margarita  on the rocks with good tequila and orange liqueur.
For High School Grads: Raspberry-Lime Rose Spritzer
A raspberry-lime spritzer  is not only sweet and tart, but also has a lingering floral flavor from rosewater.
For College Grads: Strawberry-Balsamic Crush
Throwing a graduation happy hour? This strawberry-balsamic cocktail, served straight up, is a must! Fruity, tart, and imbued with the scent of berries, this drink will celebrate years of hard work.