14 Cocktails for Lightweights

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Fear not, lightweights. It's perfectly OK to like your cocktails on the simple side (easy on the litany of liquors, please!). We've compiled our favorite cocktail recipes that every lightweight will love from the first sip to the very last.

Summer Fruit Daiquiri

Dust off your blender! Three whole cups of fresh peaches get a touch of citrus from frozen lemonade concentrate. Since there's only a splash of rum (and the drink is low-cal, to boot), you won't feel guilty about having more than one.

Sunset Sangria

Shhh! We won’t tell anyone if you secretly think rum-infused sangria packs too much punch. Try this lovely pared-down sangria cocktail, which adds just a splash of lime and nectarine to a bottle of perfectly chilled Pinot.

Enjoy a delicious summer drink by learning how to make a berrytini. The refreshing cocktail includes fresh blackberries and should be served in a chilled glass -€“ we show you how to shake it up.

How to Make a Berrytini

If you’re ready to foray into the world of slightly more potent libations, start with our berry delicious skinny cocktail.

Orange-Spiced Coffee

Mimosas and Bloody Marys get all the glory at brunch, but this cool iced coffee drink deserves a place at the table. It’s a super low-cal option with a burst of citrus goodness, thanks to a dash of orange liqueur, and a fall-spiced kick from nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves.

Blush Slush

If you're the type of cocktail connoisseur who doesn't exactly like to taste the alcohol in your drink, might we suggest a smoothie. This strawberry-kiwi-lime concoction tastes just like a walk on a tropical beach, and you'd never guess it has a touch of vodka to get the party started.

Ginger Beer Shandy Floats

Hold up! Jessica Merchant from How Sweet It Is has just given us a summer cocktail of epic proportions. She took a regular old ginger beer shandy (a lightweight fave) and added a sugared ginger rim and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Game over.

Light Cranberry Hot Toddy

Hot winter cocktails can knock you over if you’re not careful. So we made this one on the light side, but kept the cinnamon, cloves, and lemon flavor that warms you from your nose to your toes.

Hot Fudge Stout Floats

Stout beer not exactly your thing? Turn it into a tasty stout float that's like a dessert and a cocktail all in one. Plus, let's be honest here: Who doesn't enjoy a legitimate excuse to drizzle hot fudge sauce into your grown-up drink?

Gingered Framboise Martini

Cilantro in a cocktail? Heck, yes. It’s the unexpected zing in this ginger and raspberry dreamboat gin cocktail.

Green Pina Colada Smoothie

OK, so this drink doesn't exactly call for alcohol. But with "pina colada" in the name, we're pretty sure a touch of rum would take Gimme Some Oven blogger Alison Ebright's green smoothie game to the next level of yum.

The Porcupine

There’s nothing prickly about our easy summer shandy cocktail. The complementary flavors of tart pineapple and piney rosemary help this cool customer go down smoothly.

Pomegranate-Orange Champagne Cocktail

Every lightweight knows not to mix liquor and champagne. We stayed true to the rule with a pomegranate cocktail that’s pure, simple, and perfect for the holidays. Blogger Jocelyn Delk Adams of Grandbaby Cakes adds a hint of orange juice for a little something extra.

Bloody Maria

If you shy away from the traditional Bloody Mary, let us introduce you to her spicy sister, Maria. Tequila takes the place of vodka, and jalapenos and chipotle pepper sauce bring up the heat.

Bourbon Mint Iced Tea

All right, lightweights! If you think you're ready to dip a toe into the stiff drink wading pond, start with How Sweet It Is blogger Jessica Merchant's bourbon-infused take on our classic mint iced tea. Bottoms up!

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