I can’t resist a good alliteration, nor can I resist a cold and refreshing adult beverage on a hot day, which brings me to today’s post.
This is the part of the post where, if I knew how, there would be a pop-up reminding you to practice responsible drinking. Reminder, if you are not of legal drinking age, this post is not for you.
What I can resist is buying too many products or spending too much time making a drink when I’m trying to relax at home. Sometimes I don’t want to bust out the muddler, run out for fresh fruits or herbs, or figure out exactly how to make a pisco sour in which the frothed egg will stay afloat and won’t give me salmonella. Don’t get me wrong — I have a muddler that I’ve used to beat and bruise fruit to a pulp, and I drink pisco sours, but I’d more often than not leave the craft cocktails to nights out.
When I’m home on a hot summer day and looking to relax and cool down, I want something no-fuss or frills. I want refreshing. I want light. I want fruity and botanical. I want is quick, and I want it while sitting in front of the AC or on the patio.
These drinks are far from new and inventive. They are my go-to summer sips because they’re classics, but with my fresh take on them. They’re botanical, fruity, and bright, and I hope you enjoy!
First up: Ketel One Botanical Mule – I had been wanting to try the new Ketel One’s Botanical flavors for a while, and I finally picked up a bottle when it was on sale at my local grocery store. This is actually the first of two Ketel One Botanical cocktails on this list because they are so refreshing that these vodkas are begging to be used in summer drinks — so well done, Ketel One! Your summer marketing worked! I have to warn you though — this stuff is delicious! The botanical flavors remove much of the astringency of your typical vodka, so although your cocktail may not taste too strong, be careful — this stuff will sneak up on you!
Next is a Hendrick’s Gin and Fever-Tree Elderflower Tonic. Hendrick’s is botanical and smooth all on its own, making it an excellent warm-weather refresher. I stepped the botanicals up a notch with this Elderflower Tonic water, and it was beautiful! The very mild floral taste with the bitterness of the tonic combined with this rose and cucumber infused gin is a natural pairing.
The second Ketel One Botanical cocktail in this lineup is a vodka tonic. When the top of this bottle is unscrewed, all you can smell is the fresh aroma of grapefruit. Another liquor that will sneak up on you, this fresh and fruity vodka tonic is a perfect balance of bright citrus, floral rose, and bitter tonic. a twist of lime is optional, but this one is great ice cold and all on its own.
Next is a variation of a screwdriver. I never heard of Pau Maui Vodka before, but my best friend and her husband introduced me to it earlier this summer. They recently came back from Maui and tried Pau while on the island. When we stayed the weekend with them, it was Pau Maui Vodka and POG juice all around! this pineapple flavored vodka was so good! When I got back home to LA I had to find it. Luckily, the search wasn’t that hard and I found it at my local BevMo. Since I don’t know where to find POG juice in my neck of the woods, I picked up the next best thing — OJ. Sweet and extra-citrusy, this refreshing drink is an ideal weekend brunch cocktail.
Finally, the drink that I’ve seen everywhere since May, the Aperol Spritz. I’ve been seeing this gorgeous drink everywhere lately, so I decided to check it out. There’s no twist or surprise ingredient here, just a classic spritz, as seen on the back of the bottle. This drink definitely lives up to the hype. It’s orangey and sweet and bitter and delicious. My recommendation is to keep some small bottles of champs or prosecco on hand so that you can make one or two at a time… I may have wasted some sparkling wine because of my lack of foresight the firs time I made this cocktail.
And there you have it — the five cocktails I’ve been sipping on all summer long. Cheers!