We always knew we loved Aperol Spritzes, and now we have another name for them: session cocktails. These low-in-alcohol cocktails, also known as shims, are ideal for sipping all afternoon long in the heat of summer. It’s no wonder they’re trending.

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Grapefruit Radler

It’s basically a glorified shandy.

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Frozen Aperol Spritz

One party boozy, two parts refreshing.

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White Sangria Recipe with Peaches and Berries

This oldie but goodie will be everywhere this summer.

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Holly and Flora

Summer Dill and Snap Pea Shim

We’re swooning over this sake, limoncello and elderflower liqueur concoction.

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With Food & Love

Black Peppercorn and Cranberry Shrub Cocktails

Psst: Frozen cranberries are available year-round and add a crisp, refreshing edge.

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Salt & Wind

Watermelon Ginger Aperol Spritz Cocktail

Coterie member Aida Mollenkamp recommends you make a big batch of these for sipping poolside.

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Honestly Yum

Rhubarb, Fennel and Vermouth Cocktail

We’d take this over pie any day.

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Limoncello Prosecco with Blueberries and Thyme

Proof that delicious doesn’t have to be complicated.

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Sofa Food

Tropical Americano

A dash of pineapple juice transports you straight to the Virgin Islands.

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Half Baked Harvest

Fig Honey Thyme Prosecco Smash

Summer in a glass.

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Hungry Girl Por Vida

Lime Rosé Spritzer

Or, how to enjoy ice in your wine without worrying about side-eye.

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Vegetarian Ventures

St. Germain Spritzer

This four-ingredient cooler takes less than 2 minutes to whip up.

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Peach Bellini

Our favorite brunch drink just so happens to be low ABV.

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Healthy Seasonal Recipes


Calling all bloody Marry fans. This sipper is spicy and savory, but a tad lighter.

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Oh So Beautiful Paper

Rosé and Blood Orange Sgroppino

Shhh, it’s just Prosecco and sorbet.

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