Oprah Winfrey Shares One of Her Favorite, Freshest Cocktails

What better way to dive into summer than with a light cocktail, courtesy of Oprah’s recommendation?

With the help of juice enthusiast Eduardo Chavez, the media mogul, 59, shares a few of her favorite light delights in July’s issue of O magazine.

“Friends come to stay for a week and know that there will be a different drink (with alcohol or without) waiting for us on the porch every night at sunset,” Oprah says.

End the Summer with These Labor Day Recipes

The end of summer means that the supply of half-naked photos of Joe Manganiello may soon be running low.

But don’t let the looming colder weather – and subsequent need for less-revealing clothes – put a damper on your Labor Day plans. Here’s a good way to say sayonara to summer: Whip up a sunny cocktail and fire up the grill for one last poolside meal with these recipes (which are almost as good as Manganiello’s abs).

National Rum Day: Drink Like a Sailor With These Cocktail Recipes

You don’t need to be Jack Sparrow to enjoy a drink called the “Privateer Punch!”

So break out the rum – like its fellow liquors, rum has its own national holiday on Aug. 16 every year – and kick back with one of four delicious rum recipes, created by top mixologists, using light and dark varieties.

Daisy de Obeah

A perfect marriage of minty and spicy

Gold Medal Cocktail Recipes Are Worthy of Team USA

Athletes participating in the 2012 Olympics tend not to indulge while competing, but fans of the huge event can certainly cheer their favorite athletes while imbibing on specialty cocktails.

PEOPLE.com has found three festive beverages perfectly suited to the games but still light and refreshing enough for summertime.

Follow the recipes for a taste of the biggest sporting event of the year!

A Gold Medal-Worthy Drink for the 2012 Summer Olympics

Sadly, there’s no Olympic event for serving up some serious cocktails.

But as you cheer on your favorite swimmers, gymnasts and other all-star athletes at the 2012 Summer Olympics, which kick off in London Friday with the highly anticipated opening ceremony, here’s a gold medal-worthy swill worth rooting for.

Toast the Summer Olympics – with Bourbon and Tea

The Summer Olympic Games kick off Friday and what better way to celebrate amazing athletic achievement than to have a few cocktails.

Basil Hayden’s Bourbon and San Francisco-based mixologist Daniel Hyatt have created a new drink called the “Summer Gold” to honor the good ol’ U.S.A – and the U.K. where the Games are being played.

The new concoction combines America’s native spirit, bourbon, with traditional English ingredients like black tea and Pimm’s No. 1 (the Brit’s favorite liqueur).

National Tequila Day: Celebrate With These Delectable Drinks

Tequila: Worth celebrating and often worth regretting when you’ve enjoyed too much of the tasty spirit. Hailing back to the 16th century, did you know it’s North America’s first indigenous distilled spirit? It also has a national holiday – July 24 every year.

Falling this year on the appropriate “Tequila Tuesday,” one can enjoy the way they traditionally do in Mexico, which is to drink it straight. Or try one of the four tasty tequila-based recipes below, whether you’re throwing a party or just watching Tila Tequila reruns.

Teen Choice Awards: Tween-Friendly Mocktail to Enjoy

It’s finally time for the Teen Choice Awards!

While you’re working on your best and worst-dressed lists for the show, stir up this mocktail and share with friends.

Brooke Parkhurst and James Briscione, the husband-wife duo behind newlywed kitchen guide Just Married and Cooking, created a tween-friendly recipe with a kick and a full day’s supply of Vitamin C.

Teen Choice Awards: A Kid-Friendly Mocktail for Your Viewing Party

What do Justin Bieber, Scotty McCreery and Demi Lovato have in common – aside from the fact they’re all nominated at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards?

They’re all under the legal drinking age of 21.

Comic-Con Fans Need a Cocktail? Mix Up These San Diego Specialties

Between Twilight mania and the promise of a few commendable costumes, you’ll get your pop culture fix at this year’s Comic-Con.

As for your drink fix, PEOPLE.com has you covered with these two cocktail recipes straight from San Diego, where all the action goes down through Sunday.