Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Recipe Round-Up: Summer Cocktails

Guys, it's hot. Like cook-an-egg-on-the-sidewalk, my-face-is-melting hot. And that means it is just too hot for certain cocktails. I am not usually one to turn down a martini or a bourbon on the rocks, but this temperature positively begs for something cold and fizzy. I went back through my past recipes for some warm-weather recommendations to keep you cool all summer long.

1. Pimm's Cup - This sophisticated summer sipper is all about the garnish. Have fun with different fruits and herbs!

1. Campari + Soda / Aperol Spritz - These are just classic, and because they're a little bitter, they're before dinner. Think summer in Venice or Milan.

3. Cucumber Fizz - There's nothing more refreshing than cucumber, gin, and lime with a splash of St. Germain and club soda. You can't go wrong with this one.

4. Clerico - This white Sangria from Uruguay is the perfect summer drink for a crowd. Make it with whatever fruit you have on hand - I recommend strawberries, bananas, oranges, and apples.

5. Coy Mistress - My mom and I came up with this vodka cocktail together last summer around this time, when the weather was equally miserable. St. Germain, lemon, and muddled basil make for a delicious combination.

6. Mojito - Is there a more perfect summer cocktail than the Mojito? Minty, citrusy, and refreshing, this rum cocktail is basically unbeatable in the heat.

7. Boston Tea Party - I love this cocktail made with tea-infused vodka in the summer. It tastes like southern sweet tea.

8. Satsuma Mojito - It's hard to improve on perfection, but muddling satsumas into a Mojito, peel and all, give it the most amazing punch of flavor.

9. Cape Cod Swizzle - If you don't have cranberry liqueur, try cranberry juice or cranberry syrup to finish this tart, refreshing riff on a Queens Park Swizzle.

10. Pina Colada - I don't care how many craft cocktails I drink, I will always love a frozen Pina Colada, especially in the heat of summer!

What's your favorite summer cocktail?

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