You can do better than cracking open a beer.

By Food & Wine
August 23, 2016
Lucas Allen

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There’s something wonderfully therapeutic about cooking dinner after a long day. There’s something even more therapeutic about cooking dinner after a long day with a drink in your hand. Skip the martini—what you need is something quick, refreshing and relatively low proof so you’ll still be coherent by the time supper is ready. Here, the best drinks to sip on while whipping up a weeknight dinner.

1. Pamplemousse 

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Bright, refreshing and low in alcohol, this grapefruity cocktail is a great pick-me-up.

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2. Marasca Acida

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Mixologist Jackson Cannon describes the Marasca Acida as a "funky, tart and refreshing aperitif." The kirsch (cherry eau-de-vie) gives it an earthy, fruity flavor and the bright orange, pleasingly bitter Aperol creates its lovely coral color.

3. Paloma

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This is mixologist Philip Ward's take on what might be Mexico's most popular tequila drink. Instead of using bottled grapefruit soda, he combines grapefruit juice, simple syrup and club soda.

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4. Fresh Air 

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A shandy meets a gin sour in this fragrant aperitif from L.A. bartender Tina Ross.

5. Harvard Cooler

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This spritzy, apple-accented cocktail is made with Calvados, lemon juice, simple syrup and club soda.

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6. Americano

A sort of fizzy negroni without the gin, this bracingly bitter drink was a favorite of American expats during Prohibition.

7. Roof Garden

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This refreshing vodka cocktail is made with thyme and mint.