We’ll let you in on a little secret: Hosts can get away with a multitude of sins as long as the drinks they offer are awesome. Whether soft or hard, beverages are a must at every type of gathering, so arm yourself with some signature standbys and consider our tips for mixing things up.

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Coconut Margarita

Celebrate the summer waves with Sandra Lee’s coconut margarita.



Refreshing Caipirinha

Celebrate the World Cup with this refreshing caipirinha recipe, a favorite in Brazil.


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Barbecue Bloody Mary

For a smoky-flavored twist on the traditional drink, try this barbecue bloody mary from Chris Lilly’s “Fire & Smoke.”



Toast Your Team with These World Cup Cocktails

Show your team spirit with World Cup cocktails in your team’s colors, courtesy of Sandra Lee.


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Sandra Lee’s Watermelon Margarita

Get the recipe for a sweet, refreshing cocktail that highlights summer’s most favorite melon.


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Raspberry Cosmopolitan

This raspberry cosmopolitan recipe updates the cosmo with a new twist.


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DIY Mimosa Bar

Try out this beverage bar trend with this DIY mimosa bar set.


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Peach Bellinis

Add sparkle to your gathering with fresh peach bellinis.


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Cucumber Mint Mojitos

Mix up a pitcher of cucumber mint mojitos for a refreshingly different drink.


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The World Cup “Around the World” Beer-Tasting

Host a World Cup viewing party and around-the-world beer tasting — we show you how.


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Passion Punch

This sipper from Sandra Lee features a fruity, tropical vibe.


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Aladdin’s Ginger-Spice Latte

Spice up your morning coffee with this delicious alternative.


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THE Must-Know Cocktails of All Time

Don’t host another party until you’ve mastered these must-know cocktail recipes.


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Homemade Lemonade

One taste of the real thing will have you swearing off the powdered-mix version forever.


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Aladdin’s Apple Cranberry Smoothie

Brighten your day with this apple cranberry smoothie that’s tart yet sweet.



SOBEWFF: The Top Food & Drink Party Trends of 2014

Evite uncovers 2014’s hottest food and drink trends at SOBEWFF.


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Lemon Mint Spa Water

This refreshing recipe for lemon mint spa water elevates plain old H2O to party-worthy new heights.


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Watermelon Keg

The watermelon keg gets a refreshing makeover along with a new recipe for a minted-melon cocktail.


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Most-Fashionable Soft Drinks

These yummy concoctions aren’t your mama’s soft drinks.


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Hard Iced Tea Bar: 3 Recipes for Summer Sipping

Recreate your own hard iced tea bar with these three simple recipes perfect for a summer soiree.


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Cocktail Recipe: Minty Melon Breeze

Take a sip of this fruity, juicy watermelon cocktail with mint-infused ice cubes — perfect for summer parties.


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Hard Lemonade Kiwi Coolers

Snap into summertime relaxation mode with this recipe for refreshing hard lemonade kiwi coolers.


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Frozen Banana Daiquiris

This frozen taste of the tropics brings the island vacation to you.


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No-Mixer Margarita on the Rocks

Easy to make in big batches, these from-scratch margaritas have a depth of flavor that mixes just can’t match.


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Blue Velvet Cocktail

Create a blended blue velvet cocktail that is sure to make a splash this summer.


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Santa Fe Coolers

Relax while beating the heat with this ginger-mint lemonade Santa Fe Coolers recipe.


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Classic Bloody Mary

This savory drink is a brunch favorite, with or without vodka.


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Sweet Peach & Nectarine Sangria

White wine, peaches and nectarines star in this summery twist on the Spanish classic.


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Sweet Peach & Nectarine Splash

Guests will be keen on this refreshing peach and nectarine spritzer.


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Cure for the Blues

A cure for the blues is just a gin and Curaçao cocktail away.