Drinks

It's easy to forget about drinks when you're menu planning, but the perfect beverage can make a meal. These days, bartenders are calling themselves "mixologists", and incorporate the best ingredients available to create cocktails that taste as though Willy Wonka invaded the liquor cabinet. You can do the same with drink recipes at home, and you don't have to get fancy: A classic gin martini can offset the richness of a good steak beautifully, while a floral dessert wine is sometimes the best way to end a meal. Or start experimenting with coffees, teas, juices, shakes, smoothies and punches - you don't need alcohol to make drinks with buzz.

Eyeball Punch

Better Homes and Gardens

Add a scary surprise to punch by tucking a bright red cherry into a pitted white litchi and celebrate Halloween in spooky style.

Fruity Punch

Parents

Indian Summer Cocktail

Midwest Living

Old Blue Eyes Martini

Midwest Living
Total: 10 mins

Seduction Martini

Midwest Living

Strawberry Lemonade

Midwest Living
Total: 25 mins

Berry-Ginger Cider

Better Homes and Gardens

Transform ordinary cider into a colorful drink with a syrup made of frozen berries spiced with ginger.

Total: 15 mins

Lime and Cucumberita

Diabetic Living
Total: 10 mins

Mulled Raspberry Tea

Better Homes and Gardens

This hot, fruit-flavored tea drink is wonderful on a snowy day.

Sparkling Pomegranate Spritzers

Better Homes and Gardens

Prosecco is a sparkling wine from Italy. Other dry, non-sweet sparkling wines work well for these quick-and-easy Valentine's Day-inspired spritzers, too. Look for bottles labeled "brut" or "extra dry."

Citrus Cider

Diabetic Living

Basil Lemonade

Better Homes and Gardens

Lime juice and lemonade blend nicely with the sweet taste of fresh basil leaves in this summertime drink. Slices of lemon add a finishing touch.

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