PAWLING, N.Y. -- With summer fast approaching, cool and creative cocktails are the perfect way to combat the blistering heat. While rosé and traditionally blended cocktails are popular summer drinks, mixing something fresh and refreshing is a cool way to relax under the sun.
While many wine and cocktail drinkers may want to avoid the hassle of trying new drink recipes, there are many easy, fun options to consider this summer. "Choosing the right summer cocktail can be difficult because there are so many options," said Louie Ingles, manager of Wineology of Pawling. "Though simply choosing your favorite liquor or wine and giving it a twist is usually the best way to go."
Ice pops and champagne is a delicious way to cool down. A popular after-dinner drink, simply soak fruit-flavored ice pops in champagne for a few minutes before serving them to guests. This tasty treat is perfect to serve at barbecues or outdoor gatherings with family and friends.
Watermelon-champagne cocktail includes watermelon ice cubes, vodka, lime juice and triple sec. After proportioning the ingredients and mixing them in a blender, top each glass with champagne to give it a sweet, summer taste. The end result is a refreshing, fruity cocktail that is easy to make and drink.
Mojitos are a great option for a big party to keep guests glasses full all night long. In a large pitcher, mix mint with sugar, lemon and lime juices until well combined, then add ice, rum and club soda and stir together. Finally, pour into glasses while straining out the mint.
Sweet tea bourbon is an infused sweet tea cocktail that balances the woody flavor of bourbon with lighter, summery notes of citrus and mint. To make this summer classic, simply combine water and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Then, pour the sugar water into a jar and add the tea bags, lemon, lime, and orange wedges. Finally, serve in small glasses and garnish with thin lemon wheels.
Trying new summer cocktails is a fun way to cool off during the heat. "Mixing it up and trying new cocktail recipes is exciting and will keep guests coming back all barbecue season long," said Ingles.
If you are looking to make the perfect cocktail this summer, visit the experts at Wineology or call at (845) 855-8463.