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Day Drinking

50 Cocktails for a Mellow Buzz

By Kat Odell

When the occasion calls for a drink, but not for getting drunk, mix up a batch of day drinks—low-alcohol cocktails that are festive, mouthwateringly delicious, and light on the booze.

From brunch with friends to bridal showers and barbecues, from tailgates to snow days to afternoons hanging out on the beach, just about any daytime social occasion is greatly improved by a drink. And these 50 creative cocktails are just the thing.

Using beer, wine, sake, sherry, and vermouth, plus a variety of amari and other flavorful liqueurs like St-Germain, Campari, and Aperol, the cocktails (and mocktails!) of Day Drinking are easy to make and easy on the alcohol content. Here are light drinks for hot days, warm drinks for cool days, and an abundance of classic—and reimagined—low-proof spritzers, sangrias, micheladas, and so much more.

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​“The book is notable not only for its wide array of cocktails but for the fact that all the recipes actually go light on the alcohol content, so each really is perfect for enjoying for hours on end.” —InStyle

“Packed with recipes we’ll want to mix all summer long.” —

“This fun and easygoing cocktail book serves up an intriguing mixture of unique and classic low-alcohol cocktails for anyone to enjoy at any time of day.” —Booklist  

“Americans are finally catching on to what Italians have long known — that sipping low-alcohol cocktails, like aperitifs with soda, are the best way to imbibe on summer days. Kat Odell’s Day Drinking is filled with low-lift formulas that enable a sustained, mellow buzz, from (late) morning to night.” Gear Patrol

“An extremely fun look at cocktails low in alcohol which tend to be ideal for brunch, lunch, and all weekend long.” —Eater

“With a laid-back vibe, this is a solid collection for party hosts seeking some unusual and trendy cocktails.” —Library Journal

“This finely honed collection of fabulously light and lively libations reminds you of the spirituous delights to be had while the sun is still at its apex. Collected from some of the best bartenders in America, these are recipes you can trust will both quench and inspire, because simply no one drinks more during the day than a bartender on their day off. Just the thing for a sunny day, or for those looking to chase the clouds away.” —Martin Cate, owner of Smuggler's Cove and author of Smuggler's Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum and the Cult of Tiki
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May 16, 2017