Over the past few months (or weeks, depending on where you live), we’ve finally been able to start putting away our coats and sweaters, trading them in for t-shirts and shorts. The same goes for drinks: the heavy, brown, boozy drinks we crave in the winter begin to give way to lighter, brighter cocktails that can be sipped on a porch or at the beach.
Still in the mood for whiskey?
If you’re not quite ready to give up your Old Fashioneds yet, regardless of the temperature outside, try substituting aged rum for your favorite whiskey in an Old Fashioned Cuba Libre, which is a refreshing spin on two classics at once. The addition of Coca Cola gives the drink some zip and an extra kick of caffeine.
Not all whiskey drinks are heavy to begin with—in a Whiskey Smash, the whiskey is blended with lemon and mint for an unexpectedly light and crisp cocktail that deserves to be in your warm-weather repertoire.
Moving on to summery spirits
With its vivid reddish-orange hue and citrusy flavor, Aperol is the perfect complement to long summer days. Try it out in a tart Blood Orange-Aperol Collins, or, if you’re in the mood for something strong and stirred, an Aperol Negroni might be just what you need.
When it’s too hot to think about doing anything as strenuous as muddling or shaking, a Gin Rickey is the perfect solution: tart and bubbly, with a little kick from the gin, you’ll be drinking them way faster than the ice can melt.
Think the best way to battle heat is with heat? These sweet-fiery Strawberry-Habanero Margaritas will be right up your alley. The fruity spice from the peppers combines beautifully with the crisp tequila and juicy, in-season strawberries for a fun-yet-familiar cocktail that you’ll want to sip all afternoon.
If you’re looking to try something a little off the beaten path, you can’t go wrong with our Grapefruit-Jasmine Aperitif, with a base of light, refreshing Lillet Rouge and gin. This cocktail gets its unexpected complexity from the addition of jasmine liqueur and grapefruit bitters. We love it as an aperitif, but this drink is really perfect for any time of the day.
With more daylight hours and better weather, it’s only natural to want to enjoy yourself more. Mixing up a cocktail, whatever the occasion, is a great way to start.