Summer brings with it the sun, the beach, vacation, but most importantly, the cocktails. What are summer cocktails for if not to drink after a long day, to enjoy with friends, or sip on a rooftop during the most beautiful season? Summer cocktails are an inevitable part of the season. From the great classics like Mojitos that are a hit every summer to the spicy tang of the Moscow Mule to the unmistakable taste of a Bellini, here are the 7 beach-ready cocktails to enjoy on these long, hot evenings.
Light and refreshing just like summer's breeze, Sanset is a cocktail made with soda, vermouth and red Sanbittèr. Antonio Benedetto Carpano thought about inventing vermouth, which is now back in trend, back in 1786 when he mixed white wine with aromas derived from the infusion of fruits, flowers, and spices. Sanset is best served in a wine glass accompanied by ice, lemon zest, and fresh mint.
Invented in California during the 1940s, the Moscow Mule never ceases to conquer drink menus. Thanks to its fresh and thirst-quenching taste, it's just as ruthless in its cocktail reign as its ginger presence. Additionally, the Moscow Mule's mix of vodka, ginger beer and lemon juice does not disappoint even after almost eighty years.
It is difficult to find a cocktail that is more classic than this one. Created by Giuseppe Cipriani in 1948 Venice, Bellini is a famous aperitif, made with white peach nectar or purée and champagne. A favorite among women, a Bellini is much loved for its fragrant, elegant and light taste.
Invented at Bodeguita Del Medio in Havana, Hemingway never made a secret of his passion for a refreshing Mojito. Among the best summer cocktails that exist, the delightful drink is prepared with white rum, fresh lime juice, white cane sugar, mint and soda. Nothing says summer like a mojito by the beach.
Rosemary Gin Fizz
Among the most popular and trendy summer cocktails is the Rosemary Gin Fizz. This floral cocktail has stolen the hearts of many with its fresh and thirst-quenching taste and its lovely visuals. The Rosemary Gin Fizz is prepared with lemon juice, gin, rosemary syrup and soda. It's an original way to enjoy the flavors of the Mediterranean without actually having to travel.
A staple of the Kentucky Derby, the Mint Julep is the unofficial cocktail of the South. Beware, though, that it's not suitable for the faint-hearted as it's prepared with bourbon whiskey, white sugar, water and mint sprouts. The Mint Julep is the ideal cocktail to end a lovely summer evening.
A part of the Tiki trend that arrived directly from the globe's most tropical corners, the Mai Tai was invented at Trader's Vic, a Californian restaurant founded by Victor Jules Bergeron. It is prepared with light rum, dark rum, orange curacao, barley syrup and lime juice. These ingredients create a gradation, orange to red, that resembles a beautiful summer sunset that tastes as good as it looks.