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8 Portable Picnic Cocktails

Cajun Lemonade. © Wendell T. Webber

If you’re heading to a picnic, beach party or potluck today, don’t just bring potato salad or pie. Be everyone’s favorite guest by showing up with a big bag of ice and a pitcher of one of these easily pre-batched summer cocktails.

1. Vino Francesca
This food-friendly sangria is made with fruity rosé.

2. Late-Harvest Wine and Campari Cocktails
You need only three ingredients to make this extra-refreshing bittersweet drink: late-harvest white wine, orange juice and Campari.

3. Cajun Lemonade
A salute to the flavors of New Orleans, this cocktail spices up Napoleon House’s Pimm’s Cup (Pimm’s No. 1, lemonade and 7-Up) with a splash of Tabasco and a generous dose of rum or vodka.

4. Blackberry & Cabernet Caipirinha
For this punch-like take on a caipirinha, cachaça is mixed with Cabernet Sauvignon and fresh fruit juices.

5. Philly Fish House Punch
Instead of a pitcher, try storing this potent punch in an empty screw cap wine bottle for a fun presentation.

6. Lynchburg Lemonade
This bourbon-spiked punch can be made in jars or one big pitcher.

7. Sunset Punch
This ultra-simple, spritzy punch mixes bourbon with white vermouth and ginger beer.

8. Sweet Lime–Ginger Rum Punch 
Padma Lakshmi came up with this slightly spicy rum punch.

Related: 23 Party Punches
12 Drinks for a Crowd
26 Summer Drinks

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