Summer's top 10 cocktails -- and where to sip them

The Aperol Spritz has been declared the official drink of the summer in the United States, thanks to its fiz...

Posted: Aug 17, 2018 9:39 PM
Updated: Aug 17, 2018 9:39 PM

The Aperol Spritz has been declared the official drink of the summer in the United States, thanks to its fizzy, bittersweet punch and a full-court press marketing campaign carried out by the brand's owner, Campari.

It's hard to argue with a spritz, but it's only one of a number of essential hot-weather tipples to enjoy at home or when you travel.

Alcoholic beverages

Beverages

Business and industry sectors

Business, economy and trade

Chile

Consumer products

Continents and regions

Distilled liquors

Europe

Food and drink

Food products

France

Grand Slam Tournaments

Kinds of foods and beverages

Latin America

Paris

South America

Sports and recreation

Sports events

Sweeteners

Tennis

Tennis events

The Americas

Western Europe

Wimbledon Championships

Fruit

Fruits and vegetables

Served at some of the world's best watering holes -- from Hemingway's haunt in Paris to the beaches of Mustique -- here are our 10 favorite summer cocktails:

Aperol Spritz

It's the drink that's become omnipresent at musical festivals and summer weddings, riding the general wave of popularity for spritzes, valued for their thirst-quenching character, attractive hues and low-ABV drinkability.

Try it classic, with a 3:2:1 ratio of prosecco, Aperol and club soda, or as it's served at landmark bitters bar Amor y Amargo (443 E. 6th St., New York 10009) in New York's East Village, fortified with floral blanc vermouth.

Amor y Amargo's AyA Aperol Spritz

1 ½ ounces Aperol

1 ounce Dolin Blanc vermouth

2 dashes Bittermens Orange Cream Citrate

Seltzer

Build in a Collins glass. Add ice to fill. Stir gently to chill. Insert spiral-handled bar spoon into the glass until it touches bottom. Gently pour seltzer down the handle to fill (this method ensures that carbonation will be evenly distributed). Garnish with an orange twist expressed over the drink and inserted.

Pisco Sour

The Pisco Sour is the most classic and quaffable South American cocktail, with a long, disputed history behind its creation. Who wouldn't want to take credit for this lively mixture of tangy citrus and earthy pisco that practically dances across the tongue?

Our favorite version is served at the renowned pisco bar, Chipe Libre (José Victorino Lastarria 282, Santiago) in Santiago, Chile, which diplomatically serves both Peruvian and Chilean versions of the spirit.

Chipe Libre Pisco Sour

3 ounces pisco brandy

1 ounce lemon juice

1 ounce simple syrup

Combine ingredients in a mixing tin, fill with ice, shake hard and strain in a chilled glass.

Ramos Gin Fizz

There may not be a more texturally heavenly drink in the American mixological canon. This New Orleans classic dates back to the late 19th century, when its mix of cream, egg white, gin and citrus was so prized that inventor Henry C. Ramos hired rows of "shaker boys" to achieve maximum fluffiness in each cocktail.

Once you have one, you never forget it. The best versions are still made in New Orleans, like this one at the famous Sazerac Bar (130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, 70112), which makes around 20,000 a year.

The Sazerac Bar Ramos Gin Fizz

1 ½ ounces Hayman's Old Tom Gin

1 ounce simple syrup

3 dashes orange flower water

½ ounce lemon juice

½ ounce lime juice

1 ounce egg whites

2 ounces heavy cream

Club soda

Add ice to chill a Collins glass. Set aside. In a shaker, add all ingredients with ice. Shake incredibly vigorously exactly 50 times. Dump ice out of the Collins glass and strain mixture in the glass from a distance to ensure froth. Top with club soda.

French 75

Said to be named after a World War I field gun used by Allied troops, it's fitting that this drink is one of the mainstays of the Hôtel Ritz Paris' Bar Hemingway (15 Place Vendôme, 75001 Paris): The author served in that war as an ambulance driver and penned a number of classic war novels.

Whatever you think of Papa's terse prose, the French 75 -- bright and bubbly, perfectly balanced between dry and sweet -- is a quintessential aperitif on warm summer evenings.

Ritz Paris Bar Hemingway French 75

1 teaspoon sugar

Tanqueray gin

Lemon juice

Brut Champagne

Add sugar to a chilled tumbler. Fill glass a third of the way with gin, add a splash of lemon juice, and fill with chilled Brut Champagne. Stir to mix and dissolve the sugar.

Mai Tai

This was the drink post-war America picked up to transport themselves out of conformist suburbia and into a tropical fantasia. Trader Vic's -- a tiki chain that flourished in the 1950s -- was one of the best places to do that. Though it's a matter of some dispute, the restaurant's founder claimed to have invented the rich, fresh, fruit-infused drink in 1944.

Of the locations left open today, Tokyo's Trader Vic's (4-1 Kioi-Cho, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo) is a global destination for fans of Polynesian-inspired drinks, as it still employs the original recipes. If you can't book a trip to Tokyo, here's the next the best way to get your tiki on at home.

Trader Vic's 1944 Mai Tai

Squeeze of half a lime

¼ ounce rock candy syrup

½ ounce orgeat syrup

¾ ounce orange curacao

2 ounces amber rum

Mint leaves

Shake all ingredients with crushed ice and pour into a double old-fashioned glass. Garnish with mint, the spent half-lime shell and a straw.

The Stack

The Stack (Leinster Hall, 7 Weltevreden Street, Cape Town) is one of Cape Town, South Africa's most talked-about bars, an ultra-chic, impeccably designed member's club for the city's creative class. Behind the bar, summer classics come in for expert modern rejiggering, like this house drink that's an herbaceous take on the gin and tonic.

Rosemary gin and lavender syrup elevate the basic highball, calling to mind aromatic Provencal fields in August.

The Stack Cocktail

2 ounces rosemary gin

1/3 ounce lavender syrup

4 ounces Fever-Tree Indian Tonic Water

¼ ounce red currant essence (homemade or store bought)

Rosemary sprigs

5-10 dried juniper berries

Put two sprigs of rosemary in your favorite bottle of gin and seal the bottle tightly. Put the bottle in your dishwasher for a single cycle (which significantly speeds up the infusion process). Leave the rosemary in the bottle overnight so that it sufficiently infuses. Remove the the rosemary after one day.

Build the drink over ice in a Collins glass minus the essence and give a brief stir. Put a sprig of rosemary in the palm of your hand and give it a smack, before adding it the drink along with juniper berries and essence.

Tommy's Margarita

What's summer without a margarita? The saline bite of salt gets washed away by the lime-citrus sting and the cool, sweet earthy notes of tequila.

Perhaps the most famous and acclaimed version in the U.S. is served at Tommy's Mexican Restaurant (5929 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, 94121) in San Francisco -- it may also be the simplest. Subbed in for Cointreau, agave syrup lends a rich mouthfeel and honeyed flavor. The perfect refresher after a day at the beach.

Tommy's Margarita

2 ounces blanco tequila

1 ounce lime juice

½ ounce agave nectar

Salt rim of old-fashioned glass if desired. Combine ingredients in shaker, fill with ice, shake hard and strain into glass over fresh ice.

Hurricane David

Basil's Bar on Mustique (St. Vincent and the Grenadines) is one of the world's greatest beach bars. Situated on a Caribbean island, it's a place where blues music floats out through the windows over the waves and where celebrity fans like Mick Jagger or Kate Middleton occasionally pop in for a drink.

The cocktails -- like this Hurricane David, named after the storm -- are strong as hell and expertly mixed.

Basil's Bar's Hurricane David

1 ounce strong white rum (Wray & Nephew brand if you can find it)

1 ounce vodka

1 ounce dark rum

½ ounce Kahlua

½ ounce lime juice

½ ounce simple syrup

Combine in a shaker with ice, shake hard, and serve in a rocks glass on ice with lime wedge and local Mustique floral garnish.

Pimm's Cup

The Pimm's Cup is the definitive summer drink of the Brits, thrown back by the rosy glassful since the middle of the 19th century. The refreshing highball is served at practically every posh event in England, from the Henley Royal Regatta to the Chelsea Flower Show, but it's most inextricably tied to tennis' Wimbledon tournament (The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Church Road, Wimbledon).

A Pimm's Cup is also a wonderfully easy drink to assemble, especially after a trip to the farmer's market, with the cool cucumber and bright strawberry highlighting the spirit's aromatic botanical character. Here's the official recipe as served in Wimbledon's stands.

Wimbledon's Pimm's Cup

1 ½ ounces Pimm's No.1

2 strawberry halves

2 orange wheels

2 cucumber slices

Sprig of mint

5 ounces lemonade

Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. Pour in the Pimm's No.1. and lemonade. Add strawberries, orange and cucumber and stir. Top with a sprig of mint and serve with a paper straw.

Sangrita Maria

Mexico City has become an international hot spot for cocktail culture, drawing on the region's deep history of producing artisanal mezcals and tequilas. For a dose of old-school sophistication, head up to the St. Regis' wood-paneled King Cole Bar (Paseo de la Reforma 439, Colonia Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City 06500).

The signature drink, Sangrita Maria, is a piquant but lighter-bodied take on a Bloody Mary, with mezcal and pasilla pepper supplying smoky depth. The ideal leisurely summer lunch cocktail.

St. Regis Mexico City King Cole Bar's Sangrita Maria

¼ ounce chile pasilla purée

½ ounce mezcal

1 pinch black pepper

1 pinch salt

5 dashes Worcestershire sauce

5 dashes Maggi seasoning sauce

½ ounce lemon juice

8 ½ ounces cold tomato juice

Agave salt

1 lemon wedge, for garnish

For chile pasilla purée, blend a pasilla pepper with a little water. Mix all of the ingredients in a tall 12-ounce glass rimmed with agave salt. Garnish with the lemon wedge.

West Lafayette
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 66°
Kokomo
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 68°
Rensselaer
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 68°
Fowler
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 66°
Williamsport
Clear
67° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 67°
Crawfordsville
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 68°
Frankfort
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 68°
Delphi
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 68°
Monticello
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 68°
Logansport
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 73° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 70°
A chilly start but scattered rain is possible tonight
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1001697

Reported Deaths: 16370
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion1349142114
Lake660941157
Allen57517796
Hamilton46157464
St. Joseph44155608
Elkhart35752508
Vanderburgh32119478
Tippecanoe27824258
Johnson24961444
Hendricks23767355
Porter22833364
Madison18662406
Clark18449252
Vigo17379302
Monroe15205198
LaPorte15077250
Delaware15006260
Howard14647288
Kosciusko12235147
Hancock11639175
Bartholomew11517179
Warrick11264189
Floyd11040214
Wayne10918252
Grant10000218
Morgan9427176
Boone8874116
Dubois8240131
Dearborn818193
Henry8154152
Noble7985106
Marshall7854134
Cass7510120
Lawrence7414170
Shelby7160117
Jackson694688
Gibson6534113
Harrison645891
Huntington635399
Knox6299106
DeKalb627699
Montgomery6214109
Miami590598
Putnam576278
Clinton571371
Whitley561555
Steuben557075
Wabash5289103
Jasper526677
Jefferson507596
Ripley496886
Adams476875
Daviess4632113
Scott436672
Greene422496
Wells421788
Clay420660
White416964
Decatur4139101
Fayette404987
Jennings385260
Posey375343
LaGrange354978
Washington354049
Randolph342599
Spencer337642
Fountain332658
Sullivan327452
Starke314069
Owen312770
Fulton307767
Orange292063
Jay282245
Perry264752
Franklin264542
Carroll259832
Rush259532
Vermillion256454
Parke230026
Pike228143
Tipton227059
Blackford191141
Pulaski182056
Crawford158823
Newton156648
Benton150217
Brown145247
Martin137419
Switzerland134311
Warren120616
Union106916
Ohio84212
Unassigned0538

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events