By Carl Hanson
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Every day drinker knows the challenge of sipping when the sun's out. Enjoy a couple bloody maries at 11a.m., and it's tough to take the rest of the day seriously. Truly, it's the bane of brunch. The key to successful day drinking, then, is to go low and slow. Choose lower-alcoholic drinks (low ABV cocktails) and set a nice, plodding pace. These cocktails are what you need; they were practically designed for day drinking.

The Best Low Alcohol Cocktails

These low alcohol by volume cocktails (aka, low ABV cocktails) will keep you on your feet for the long haul.

1. Radler

This one's totally rad. "Here's a 50/50 or 60/40 mixture of beer and lemonade and is a delicious addition to the menu of your summer barbeque or party," says Josh R. "Radler means 'cyclist' in German, and this refreshing drink was invented in Germany in the late 19th or early 20th century as a way to refresh bicyclists worn out by the summer heat."

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2. Pomosa

A low-alcohol brunch classic, pomegranate mixes it up with sparkling wine. Garnish with pomegranate seeds or raspberries. "Beautiful color & tastes delish," says SweetBasil. "This was my drink of choice on New Years Eve."

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It is what you think it is -- a mimosa with beer replacing the champagne. "This is a very nice drink and I will make it again," says pretzeld. "I'm not usually a beer drinker but this was very refreshing. I also tried it with grapefruit beer and I enjoyed that too." Pro Tip: To make any beer cocktail less boozy, choose a low ABV beer.

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Aperol is an Italian aperitif made from ingredients like rhubarb, cinchona that's similar in taste but lower in alcohol and a little less bitter than Campari. "I discovered this gloriously refreshing drink in Berlin on a tour of Eastern European cities," says Helen. "Brings back wonderful memories. Serve in a wine glass. Pretty and tasty!"

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Here's a sherry-based cocktail that's served with fresh berries and slices of orange. "This was pretty darn tasty," says lutzflcat, "and I totally can see this being a thirst quencher on a scorching-hot summer day. Hey, it's in the low 80's today, so it was pretty refreshing to me even though it's early January. A nice treat after a day of yard work."

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Here's the unofficial day-drinker's drink of choice for watching Wimbledon. Pimm's No. 1 liqueur is the key to this refreshing cocktail. "I had this exact drink recipe when I went down to New Orleans in the summer," says hazelkate. "Apparently, it's quite a popular (and better!) alternative to the traditional summer mojito. The cucumber is a must! The lemon, in my opinion, can be substituted for lime or orange. Delicious!"

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American tourists in Italy popularized this refreshing Campari and sweet vermouth cocktail. It's basically a Negroni minus the kick of gin. Nice for afternoon sips at a cafe in Rome. Or even a patio inTopeka.

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8. Mimosa

A brunch must. "This mimosa is a traditional brunch beverage," says Jodi Hamrick. "Enjoy this light delight on Mother's Day, Christmas, or any special occasion."

Here's a tropical twist on the classic mimosa featuring apricot mango juice. Serve in chilled Champagne flutes.

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