9 Cheery Cocktails Better Than Bug Juice (And, Okay, Less Sugary)

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Whether you watched Bug Juice instead of going to camp, or drank milk instead of Capri Sun, you know about bug juice: electric in color, electrifying with sugar, delicious.

Capri Sun
Capri Sun

While the namesake drink may have been recently recalled—and the exact parameters for a “bug juice” are a little vague (is it just Kool Aid, also Capri Sun, something else, or all of the above?), we’d like to celebrate the drinks that brought all the bugs to the yard with some cocktail interpretations.

So make big, cheerful pitchers of these colorful cocktails—they’re the ultimate cool aid (and, we think, what they might serve at adult camp).

Cosmic Collision
Cosmic Collision
Red Skies
Red Skies
Water on the Smoke
Water on the Smoke
Hayley's Comment (Blackberry, Sherry, and Bourbon Cocktail)

Hayley's Comment (Blackberry, Sherry, and Bourbon Cocktail) by Food52


Aviation by Erik Lombardo

Hello Summer Cocktail

Hello Summer Cocktail by Chase the Flavors

Southern Belle Punch

Southern Belle Punch by fiveandspice

Whiskey Punch

Whiskey Punch by Kendra Vaculin

Zombie Cocktail

Zombie Cocktail by Samantha Weiss Hills

What's your "bug juice"? Tell us—and tell us how you'd spike it—in the comments.

Tags: Cocktail, Summer, Summer Camp Week!