15 Trending Session Cocktails to Make This Summer

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.

Summer Cocktail Recipes Made with a Bottle of Rosé

grapefruit radler recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

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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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

White Sangria Recipe With Peaches And Berries

This oldie but goodie will be everywhere this summer.

summer dill snap pea shim recipe
Holly and Flora

Summer Dill And Snap Pea Shim

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

black peppercorn cranberry shrub cocktails recipe
With Food & Love

Black Peppercorn And Cranberry Shrub Cocktails

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

watermelon ginger aperol spritz cocktail recipe
Salt & Wind

Watermelon Ginger Aperol Spritz Cocktail

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

rhubarb fennel vermouth cocktail recipe
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.

tropical americano recipe
Sofa Food

Tropical Americano

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

fig honey thyme prosecco smash hero
Half Baked Harvest

Fig Honey Thyme Prosecco Smash

lime rose spritzer recipe
Hungry Girl Por Vida

Lime Rosé Spritzer

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

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st germain spritzer recipe
Vegetarian Ventures

St. Germain Spritzer

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

peach bellini recipe
Waiting on Martha

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.

rose blood orange sgroppino recipe
Oh So Beautiful Paper

Rosé And Blood Orange Sgroppino

Shhh, it’s just Prosecco and sorbet.

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From 2017 to 2019 Heath Goldman held the role of Food Editor covering food, booze and some recipe development, too. Tough job, eh?