Make-Ahead Bloody Mary Mix
For this big-batch drink, mix everything but the vodka together ahead of time and allow the flavors to mingle. Let guests customize their Bloody Marys with black pepper and skewers with caperberries, okra, pickled onions, and lemon (Make the garnish a day in advance if you like).
Mezcal Bloody Maria
Swap out the usual vodka for mezcal and throw some fresh ginger in with the horseradish for a smoky, spicy take on a Bloody Mary.
Spicy Tomato Juice
When you want a Bloody Mary kick, but can do without the vodka, this spicy tomato juice has your back.
Seckel pears, discovered in the nineteenth century near Philadelphia, may be the only pears native to the United States.
Tomato and Tequila
This spicy drink -- with the flavors of tomato juice, tequila, fresh cilantro, and hot pepper sauce -- is the perfect refresher for summer. It's equally good paired with tortilla chips at cocktail hour or with huevos rancheros for brunch.
Pear and Cranberry Bellini
This pretty drink pairs well at holiday gatherings with elegant bites, great friends, and a stocking full of good cheer.
French Quarter Cocktails
These rum-and-juice cocktails are our take on Hurricanes -- the classic New Orleans drink.
Two guest-star ingredients turn a typical happy-hour margarita into a sunny brunch beverage: Orange marmalade adds a bittersweet tang, and El Guitarron agave wine ($15, cordelwine.com) comes from the same plant as tequila but has about half the alcohol, so you can toast over French toast without needing a siesta.