The Best Summer Cocktails

During the summer season, the craving for some refreshing cocktails grows stronger and it’s not surprising why; there is nothing better than sipping on a fresh summer cocktail on a hot day. Because of the popularity of such beverage, there is no shortage of cocktails to choose from. From margaritas to daquiri, and more, there are many varieties available. Following are the best summer cocktails that will surely pull the chill back into your summer.


Margarita
Margarita is one of the most popular cocktails in the world. While this classic beverage is perfectly acceptable to drink all year round, it becomes a bit more special to enjoy during the summer season. There are many variations of Margarita, and they are all great. The classic variety mixes lime, tequila, Cointreau or Triple Sec and can be served with a salt rim to further improve its delicious flavor. If you want to keep it simple, just pour in your favorite margarita mix, add two shots of tequila, and ice.


Mojito
Mojito is similar to margarita when it comes to taste but it does not contain tequila. Instead, it is made with rum. This cocktail is sold commercially in bottles under different brand names. Combining fresh mint, soda water, lime juice, and rum, this classic Cuban cocktail is the perfect balance of delightful fizz and sweetness. To make it yourself, add an ounce of lime juice, two teaspoons of sugar, and six or so fresh mint leaves. Use the muddler to crush the ingredients together, then add a healthy shot of rum.


Mai Tai
Mai Tai is a real tropical delight that makes you feel like you are in paradise. While the cocktail has many variations, the fruity and fresh concoction is primarily made with lime juice, orgeat syrup, Curacao liqueur, and rum. Some also like to include orange and pineapple juice to make the drink even more exotic. In Tahitian, the word “maita’i” means “excellence” or “good” which perfectly defines this summer cocktail.


Daquiri
Simple yet delicious, daiquiri originated in the 19th century in Cuba and was eventually brought over to the U.S. where it became a massive hit. Today, it is considered as one of the best summer cocktails in the world. Whether shaken or frozen, this classic drink is an easy, simple summer cocktail to make that’s fresh, sweet, and utterly irresistible. Favorite of many around the world, the daiquiri is primarily made with just three simple ingredients: sugar, citrus juice, and rum.


Paloma
Grapefruit, tequila, and lime juice all work together to make Paloma one of the most refreshing fruity summer cocktails on the list. It is commonly referred to as “the working man’s margarita” and this simple beverage packs a lot of punch. It is the favorite cocktail of virtually everyone in Mexico. Paloma is a Spanish word that means “dove”. The name is fitting as the cocktail is sparkling and light. It has a balance of sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and depending on the tequila you use, a little umami or spicy.

These are some of the best summer cocktails. No matter which one you choose, you are guaranteed to beat the heat as well as satisfy your craving for a quality summer beverage at the same time.

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