Summer is here, which means that day drinking is about to become a whole lot more common for most people. While day drinking can make for the perfect weekend activity, it can also lead to some of the more brutal hangovers out there. You shouldn’t have to choose between a boozy afternoon in the park and a morning spent hiding under the covers. That’s why we’ve put together this list of the best low-alcohol summer drinks that are perfect for day drinking, without the consequences the next morning.


Few drinks embody the spirit of summer as much as a good shandy. So what exactly is a shandy? A shandy is a beer cut with something non-alcoholic. The most common form of this is a wheat beer cut with lemonade. It’s delicious, refreshing and has a reasonably low alcoholic content, which makes it perfect for drinking all day long. Other common shandies include beer and orange juice and beer with iced tea! The sky’s the limit with shandies, it’s all about what tastes good to you.


There’s a reason spritzers are staples at resorts—they’re delicious and you can drink them all day without worrying about a hangover the next morning. A proper spritzer is classy, delicious and incredibly refreshing. Much like a shandy, there are myriad different kinds of spritzers out there. By its definity, a spritzer is a drink that contains a little booze, a little prosecco and some club soda over ice. The result is a light and bubbly drink that doesn’t actually have a lot of alcohol in it. You can spice up your spritzer by adding different kind of fruits to it, or even using a bit of fruit juice if you want a strong flavor.  

Tom Collins

This could not be a serious summer drink list without at least one gin cocktail on it. As simple as it is classic, the tom collins is the perfect cocktail for a day in the park. A classic collins has 1.5 oz of gin, 2 oz of club soda, a splash of lemon juice and ¾ oz of simple syrup. The result is a refreshing lemon-flavored drink with a hint of gin. It’s low ABV makes it the perfect drink for day in the park.

Low-ABV Beer

Some people just don’t like cocktails, and that’s ok! For the purists out there, there are few drinks better than a low-ABV beer. With the current craft-beer craze that’s sweeping the U.S. there are a lot more options out there than there used to be. A “session” beer is any style of beer that’s low ABV. Most local breweries now offer some type of a “session” IPA or APA. A low-ABV beer doesn’t just mean budweiser anymore!

Day drinking is a summer tradition that isn’t going anywhere, but the hangover the next day needs to. Sticking to drinks with a lower than normal alcohol content is a great way to avoid a rough morning.

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