Try These 5 Refreshing Summer Cocktails 2018!
The sun is hot and you’re ready for some alcoholic refreshment. Look no further. Here are five trending cocktails that are sure to cool you down, while revving you up.
The Cucumber Martini
Though the first martini was made by the staff of the Knickerbocker Hotel in New York City in 1850, no one really knows when the first cucumber martini was created. But, whatever the year, it’s a relative newcomer to the cocktail scene. Smooth and refreshing, here’s how to make one of the most popular 2018 cocktail:
- Blend finely-chopped or grated cucumber, homemade simple syrup, freshly-squeezed lime juice and some mint leaves until ultra smooth.
- Mix in vodka and shake well until it’s super-chilled.
- It’s important to strain the chilled martini into the martini glass.
- Garnish one of the most refreshing summer drink 2018 with a cucumber slice.
- Serve immediately… and enjoy.
The Pimm’s Cup
This is a truly classic cocktail, unknown to many, but cool and fruity, just perfect for hot summer days and nights. It’s a fun drink to make and has been around for a while. Pimm, an actual person in Kent, England was the owner of an oyster bar near London. To help his patrons with stomach problems, around 1850, he started making a “tonic” from a secret recipe of liqueur and herbs, serving it in a small cup, so it was originally called Pimm’s No. 1 Cup. He later created new versions called Pimm’s No. 2 Cup and Pimm’s No. 3.
After a few other owners, in 1997, the company was bought by Diageo. Their products are essentially the same, a brandy-based liqueur made with orange peel and other spices. Chopped fruit and a mixer, such as ginger ale, add to the cocktail’s unique flavor and it’s dark, brownish-red tint.
Though there as many variations, here’s one that’s sure to whet your palate:
- Place ice in a tall glass.
- Add 3 oz. Pimm’s No. 1.
- Add 1 oz. simple syrup.
- Add 1 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice (ans some water to activate the lemon).
- For fizz, add club soda or ginger ale.
- Add chopped fruit, such as apple, orange or lemon slices, blueberries, raspberries, and/or cucumber bits.
- Include a classic garnish, a mint spring.
If you use Champagne instead, it’s referred to as a Pimm’s Royal Cup.
The Watermelon Tequila Cocktail
Sweet and spicy, this rather modern drink has been popularized by Bobby Flay, the insanely popular chef and cocktail creator, operating out of his Las Vegas headquarters. Las Vegas, of course is known for its heat and excitement. And, so is Spain.
One of the trending cocktails this year, the Watermelon Tequila Cocktail is easy to make, but make sure to allow a few hours for it to sit in the refrigerator. Here’s the trick to this fabulous, thirst-quenching drink:
- Add 1 1/4 cup of blanco (silver) tequila per drink to a glass pitcher.
- Put 8 cups (one pound) of chunks of seedless watermelon in a blender, and blend until the watermelon is fine.
- You can press the watermelon through a fine-messed sieve if you want.
- Pour the watermelon mixture into the pitcher, adding water (and granulated sugar, if you like.)
- Refrigerate until chilled for around two hours.
- Pour the cocktail into tall ice-filled glasses and garnish with mint.
- You can top it all off with soda water if you like.
- Place a few jalapeno slices on this summer cocktail for garnish.
The Limoncello Collins
This summer drink is similar to the classic Tom Collins, but made with Limoncello, a tasty lemon liqueur from Italy. Adding the Limoncello makes the lemon flavor pop; it’s stronger than just using lemon juice.
This cocktail can easily be made before afternoon comes or in advance before a party out on the patio, or by the pool or ocean. Make sure to pre-garnish some glasses. Here’s how to give this cocktail a whirl:
Instructions (serves 8)
- Pour 16 ounces of Limoncello, 12 ounces of gin and and 8 ounces of lemon juice into a pitcher.
- Cover and refrigerate the mixture for at least a couple of hours.
- Make sure to pre-garnish the glasses by pressing three very thin lemon slices against the inside of each glass, adding ice, and putting the glasses in the refrigerator.
- Stir the mixture before filling each glass, making sure ton allow enough room for about 2 ounces of club soda in each glass.
- Top a fresh sprig of mint from your garden or the store.
Be bold and try something a little different for popular cocktails. Considered an aperitif, this summer cocktail is all Italian. It’s made from one part Campari, one part gin, and one part vermouth rosso, and garnished with orange peel. It’s a sophisticated taste that may take a while to get used to the combination of flavors.
Make plans to serve the easy-to-make Negroni before your meal. Just like 007, you might like it shakened, but some people like it stirred. It’s your choice.
- Combine 1 1/2 ounces of Campari, sweet vermouth, and your favorite gin into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice cubes.
- Shake (or stir) well.
- Garnish with an orange.
If you prefer, as a variation, you can strain the cocktail and serve it with a lemon twist.
So, chill out… and enjoy these five great summer cocktails.