Can you believe it’s time for summer’s last hurrah? Before we know it, we’ll be pulling on sweaters and mixing batches of spiked cider. But for now, let’s focus on enjoying what we have: tasty cocktails featuring everything from fresh fruit and chile to the tropical flavors that help us soak up every last bit of summer while we can. Here are the 11 essential cocktails for your August parties.
There are times when a regular Margarita just won’t cut it. Luckily, this cocktail is here to satisfy all your devilish cravings. A traditional Margarita base (made with blanco tequila, fresh lime juice and simple syrup) is shaken and strained, then topped with a red wine float for an extra-special twist.
Red bell pepper is an unusual but tasty ingredient that will keep you coming back to this cocktail again and again. When combined with cucumber, lemon juice, tequila, agave nectar and bitters, the peppers are light and refreshing, while ginger beer and a chile-salt rim help to add a little bit of spice.
This cocktail will make sure your thirst is quenched, thanks to the irresistible combination of cucumber vodka, pureed watermelon and fresh lime juice. Whether you drink it with brunch or as an afternoon pick-me-up, you definitely won’t forget to hydrate with this drink in hand.
The secret to a good G&T? It’s all in the toppings. Two-parts gin and three-parts tonic serve as the classic base to a wide variety of garnishes to suit your mood. Try juniper berries, lemon and thyme for something light and refreshing, or mix in sliced fig, lavender and vanilla bean for a sweeter, fruitier take.
Bring the British Virgin Islands to you with this Tiki drink. Rum, pineapple and orange juice, and cream of coconut are all you need to conjure up visions of white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. Don’t forget to top it all off with grated nutmeg, a pineapple wedge and a straw for true tropical appeal.