In the days before air conditioning, a cold cocktail was the quickest way to cool down -- short of dunking your head in a bucket of ice water. Even though we have technology on our side now, these refreshing drinks remain the best remedy for long, hot summer afternoons when the only thing that will do is the mingling of citrus, sugar, soda, and spirit.
Kiwi Mai Tai!
Everything about this drink is tropical. The pineapple is sweet, the kiwi is tart, and the rum just brings it all together. Recipe here!
This light bourbon cocktail was made with barbecue on the brain. Think of it as a spicy watermelon cooler with a hint of lemonade and mint that goes great with ribs. Get it here.
Maple Mint Vodka Spritzer!
Smooth vodka lightly sweetened with maple is only made better with a mint bouquet. Recipe here!
Watermelon Shrub Spritzer!
Green Tabasco is the secret ingredient in this refreshing spritzer. It’s just enough zing to bring out the sweetness of the watermelon. Find it here.
Cantaloupe Tequila Spritzer!
Something about chilled, spiked melon makes it the perfect cooler on a hot day. Get the recipe here.
A refreshing mix of tequila, grapefruit, soda, and lime, Palomas fare just as well at an outdoor dinner party as they do at the beach on a 90-degree day. The recipe is right here.
Black-beery Whiskey Smash!
Bourbon muddled with blackberries is subtly sweet. A splash of wheat beer lends a caramel-like complexity, and lots of refreshing fizz. Make it here.
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