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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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Sandra Lee’s Coconut Margarita

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

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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.”

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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 summer’s hot 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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Sandra Lee’s 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.

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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

A fruity, juicy watermelon cocktail with mint-infused ice cubes perfect for summer parties.

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Summer Cocktail Recipe: 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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Sandra Lee’s Blue Velvet Cocktail

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

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Sandra Lee’s 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.

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