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By the Glass: Day Drinking

We’ve all done it at some point in our lives: sneaking in that gin and tonic or vodka soda at some point during a conference, ignoring a few responsibilities for some whisky and me time, and the occasional Sunday brunch to help us ease that morning-after hangover.

Day drinking has gotten popular through the years and has become quite a hobby, especially for those of us with hectic weekday schedules. It’s been about squeezing in some recharge time while trying to juggle all the things on our mental plates as well.

We’ve rounded up a few drinks that we’d recommend during a day drinking session, whether it be with your friends or just you:

Bloody Mary

Classically made with some tomato juice, horseradish, hot sauce, and vodka, the Bloody Mary is classic hair of the dog. Most people go for this option during brunch but some go for it as a weekend midafternoon drink when they don’t want to get too wasted on a Saturday night.


This is the mimosa’s less acidic cousin, made with Prosecco and peach purée. Some places may have their own variations with different peach liquors or strawberry purée.

Aperol Spritz

Another Italian cocktail phenomenon that has taken the world one country at a time. It’s the occasional go-to cocktail of most people on a rooftop bar who are there for the company and trying to not get too drunk too fast.

Moscow Mule

A personal favorite, made with vodka (a true day-drinking spirit), ginger beer, and lime juice. The Moscow Mule is the drink of choice for when you don’t want anyone else to know that you have been day drinking. That, and it tastes good, too.


It isn’t a proper day drinking session until someone busts out the tequila, lime juice, and margarita mix. Whether it’s a day by the pool or a day indoors, a classic or frozen margarita is a typical favorite, especially on a hot day.

There’s no way one can go wrong with day drinking. We just have to remember to do all of it in moderation. For the times we forget to take it easy, we can always head over to our neighborhood drive-thru for some good grub to sober us up before dinner.

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