As the weather warms up (finally!), all I find myself doing is daydreaming about cold cocktails on a hot patio. With a warm breeze. Or on a soft blanket in a shady back yard. Really anywhere where the sun hits your back and makes everything feel warm and nice.
The possibilities are endless with summer cocktails. Pretty much anything ice-y, sweet, slushy, or in a beer bottle will do. With that in mind, this is what I’m sipping on this summer…
Ahhh, so refreshing. Ginger beer, lime, copious amounts of mint, and vodka. So much ice your (not necessarily copper) cup is bound to sweat. Drink it on a front porch or a back patio. Slug it right on down, and go for another. Feel the vodka warm your already rosy cheeks while the mint, ice, and lime cool you down.
My personal favorite summer cocktail. Deceptively simple and such a pretty color. Equal parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth. The herb-y bitterness from the Campari balanced out by the sweetness of the vermouth, perfectly complimented by the floral notes of the gin. Drink these slowly as the sun sets. They go down too smooth for something made completely of alcohol. These’ll get you into trouble, but they’re well worth it.
Soft Parade, being a beer, isn’t technically a cocktail. But it’s fruity, and it’s strong, so who really cares? Drink it ice cold, straight out of the cooler you brought to the beach. Unless little ice chips are melting off the bottle onto your lap, you’re not doing it right.
Alternatively, order this at your favorite dive bar. Drink a pint in medium darkness while your thighs stick to the vinyl on a crumbling booth.
If you’re in for the long haul, and the sun is beating down on you, and you’re already dehydrated, perhaps you’ll want something a little on the lighter side…not so heavy on the alcohol. Pimm’s Cups are perfect for garden parties, Sunday afternoons, and any time you want to feel fancy and/or British. Pimm’s #1 isn’t particularly strong, so feel free to sip this one all. day. long.
Gin & Tonic
So much of a classic, it doesn’t even need a recipe. Gin. Tonic. Liberal squeeze of lime. Lots of ice. Grab a straw, head outside, and drink up. It’s summer.