Our Favorite Drink for Summer

Whether you’re hosting a summer dinner party or enjoying an evening on the porch with the girls, hot summer nights are never complete without something cool to sip on. However, ensuring the drinks are cold is not the only thing you should focus on in the heat. Many cocktails are served on the rocks, but that doesn’t mean they’re intended for a sweltering summer.

SAVE IT FOR WINTER

When imbibing in the heat, the last thing you or your guests want is to drink something that sits heavy in the stomach. Avoiding hot drinks is a no-brainer, but there are other things you should avoid, too. For example, stouts and porters may come in chilled glasses, but they are not drinks you want to be sipping by the pool in 100-degree weather. Stouts and any other beverages that have notes of coffee or chocolate are best left for the winter months.

SHAKE AND STIR FOR SUMMER

Instead of chocolatey beers and creamy, spicy cocktails, serve up some lighter drinks. Beers that pair well with fruit, like many wheat beers, are always a good bet. Hoppy IPAs and fruit beers can also be extra refreshing when lazing in the sunshine. Our suggestion? Keep it simple with a cold Corona. To make it extra boozy for the weekend (hell, even on a weeknight to help you let loose after a long workday) add some fruity grenadine. Or stir up some Jamaican rum punch. We swear that punch has a personality of its own.

OUR FAVORITE SUMMER DRINK

There are plenty of delicious summer drinks to choose from, but our favorite is The Holywater. It’s refreshing and boozy, and it’s sure to wow any guest.

INGREDIENTS:

Spiced Rum – 1 oz.

Cognac – 1 oz.

Orgeat Syrup – ¾ oz.

Lime Juice – ½ oz.

Lemon Juice – ½ oz.

Grapefruit Juice – ¼ oz.

Angostura Bitters – 3 dashes

Green Chartreuse – ¼ oz.

1 Sugar Cube

Limes (to be cut in half)

HOW TO:

  1. Set the chartreuse, bitters, and sugar cube to the side. Add everything else into a shaker and dry shake.

  2. Pour into a chilled rock glass, top with ice, and float three dashes of Angostura bitters on top.

  3. Hollow out a lime half and place the emptied peel on top of the drink with the cut side facing up.

  4. Place the chartreuse and the sugar cube into the lime peel.

  5. With a lighter, light the lime half (aiming for the chartreuse), let burn for 10 to 15 seconds, and then blow out the flame.

Pro Tip: use crushed ice, especially if you’re serving this cocktail at a party. Aesthetics matter, and crushed ice looks better in a glass!

Whatever you choose, keep it light and refreshing. No one wants to drink eggnog by the pool.

Planning a summer party? We can help you choose everything from the cocktails to the flower arrangements. Get in touch to learn more.