Whether hosting a backyard cookout or weekend brunch, welcome your guests with refreshing summer drinks. Start with these recipes for spirited concoctions and alcohol-free sippers from seven of Flower magazine’s favorite (and most gracious) hosts.

Sea Witch Cocktail by Laura Newman of Queen's Park in Birmingham

The Sea Witch
“The cocktail I’ve made here, the Sea Witch, is a crowd-pleaser that’s easy to make at home," says Laura Newman of Queen's Park in Birmingham, Alabama. This "postmodern tiki" drink features vodka instead of rum and a simple homemade passionfruit syrup. 

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Photo of The Violet Beauregarde cocktail and Ronni Robinson's art

The Violet Beauregarde
Artist Ronni Robinson cuts a lot of blueberry branches in search of the perfect specimen to create the molds for her works of art. So her husband David, aka The Philly Wine Guy, came up with this tasty cocktail recipe to make use of the leftover berries.

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templeton iced tea, orange tea

Templeton Iced Tea
Cornelia Guest hosts a summer afternoon tea at Templeton, her family home on Long Island, and shares the recipe for her famous orange iced tea.

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Fun Floral Ice Cubes
Dani Fischer of Magnolia's Yarden in California shares her tips for making pretty and fun ice cubes using edible flowers.

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james farmer limeade, summer drinks

Lavender Limeade
James T. Farmer shares a refreshing lavender limeade recipe from his book, Sip & Savor. 

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blackberry-ginger cocktail, frank stitt

"Paradise Cay" Blackberry Ginger Cocktail
For a summer repast at their "Paradise Farm," Pardis and Frank Stitt share the recipe for aptly named “Paradise Cay” a blackberry-ginger cocktail (made with blackberries, rum, and ginger beer).

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Classic Bloody Mary
Southern food and entertaining guru, (and Food Network Star fan favorite), Martie Duncan shares the recipe for her zippy, crowd-pleasing Bloody Mary.

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julia reed, saint cloud cocktail

The Saint Cloud
A fresh cocktail from Julia Reed's South made from freshly squeezed grapefruit and fragrant rosemary sprigs.

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costa esmeralda cocktail

Costa Esmeralda
William Yeoward reflects on the Costa Esmeralda cocktail ("as refreshing as a mojito"), and shares the recipe for his favorite Blue Bar at The Berkeley drink. Photography © Loupe Images/Gavin Kingcome

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Lavender Cloud and R&R (Raspberry & Rose) Cocktails
Jessica Zigman, head bartender for The Cloister’s Georgian Room, whipped up this pair of floral cocktails to get the party conversation flowing at an Elaine Griffin gathering.

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sweet and sally cocktail, champagne, elderflower liqueur

The Sweet and Sally Cocktail
Late summer's elderflowers meet early fall apples in this sprightly mix. Carla McDonald of The Salonniere shares an elegant, refreshing, and celebratory drink that combines the best of summer and fall flavors.

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