Top 5 Summer Drinks

Oh to relax in a warm summer evening with a cool breeze and a cocktail in your hand.

Whether you are going to the beach, to the mountain, a farm or staying in your small apartment, a cold summer drink makes all the difference. There are thousands of cocktails and new ones are invented every day. They are, however, usually quite complicated and expensive to make.

To help you out we have put together the Top 5 Summer Drinks with quality booze that will help you become the bartender you always wanted to be. If you have summer BBQs and parties, you’ll be the star!


BOURBON SMASH

To freshen up your evening, nothing like a combination of mint and lemon with the distinctiveness  of the Bourbon with a sweet syrup.

You need:

2 oz. of Bourbon

0.75 oz. Simple Syrup

0.25 oz. Lemon Juice

3 Lemon Wedges

Pinch of Mint (10-12 leaves)

To prepare:

It’s important to have a good cocktail shaker. In it, jumble lemon wedges, mint and simple syrup.

Add the Bourbon, the lemon juice and ice and shake away. Put fresh ice in a rocks glass and strain the drink. To decorate, a mint sprig. Enjoy!


APEROL SPRITZ

If you habe not tried Aperol yet, go buy a bottle right now. Aperol is a low alcohol relative if Campari. In this cocktail it is definitely the star.

You need:

3 oz. Prosecco

2 oz. Aperol

1 oz.  Soda Water

To prepare:

Put ice in a wine glass and build in order. This is, first the Prosecco, followed by the Aperol and last, soda water.

A lemon peel, an olive or an orange wedge are great garnishes for this drink. Switch it up and find what you like best.


SOUTH SIDE

It often happens that when people start making their own cocktails, they complicate drinks too much. They equate quality with quantity of ingredients.

Truth is, the best drinks are usually the simplest ones. Here is a great example of that.

You need:

2 oz. London Dry Gin

0.75 oz. Lime Juice

0.75 oz. Simple Syrup

Pinch of mint.

To prepare:

Muddle the mint and simple syrup in your cocktail shaker. Add the rest of the ingredients. Shake, shake, shake. In a rocks glass with fresh ice, strain the mix. For garnish, a mint sprig.


DAIQUIRI

Oh sweet, fresh Daiquiri. This is probably my favorite cocktail.

Nevermind those pre-mixes or prepared daiquiris in bottles. The greatness of Daiquiris can only be reached when it is made fresh with real ingredients and served immediately.

Keep in mind that most people have never had a Daiquiri made from scratch. Here, we have a simple but delicious recipe for a perfect Daiquiri. This is a great drink for parties because you can switch it up with different fruits. Play, shake, strain and drink!

You need:

2 oz. White Rum (Buy quality Rum. Flor de Cana 4yr and Banks 5 Island Rum, for example).

0.75 oz. Lime Juice

0.75 oz. Simple Syrup

To prepare:

Shake. Strain. Serve.


PALOMA

Margaritas are well known and very popular in summer parties. If you want to surprise your guests, here is Paloma.

Paloma is very popular in Latin America and will be the star of the night.

You need:

2 oz. Blanco Tequila (White Tequila, 100% Agave)

Lime Wedges

Pinch of Salt

Grapefruit Soda (Jarritos or Ting)

To prepare:

Nothing could be simpler. You need a collins glass. Add the tequila, fill the glass with ice, a pinch of salt and squeeze the juice from the lime wedge and then throw it in. Fill it up with grapefruit soda.