Summer cocktails that refresh and invigorate

By on May 1, 2013

Summer-Cocktails

As summer approaches, so will the need to be prepared for summer cocktail parties. To alleviate your summer cocktail woes, I’ve compiled a list of refreshing cocktails to beat the heat. Keep in mind that these measures can be tweaked to taste and are rarely replicated due to the imprecise nature of drink pouring.

Bellini
Ingredients:
Pureed Peaches
Sparkling wine, preferably Italian

In a champagne flute, combine 2 parts sparkling wine, and one part pureed peaches. This drink is deliciously sweet and peachy with very little of the alcohol bite. This drink may look a bit timid for the guys, but if you simply prepare it in a more masculine glass, the boys among us can enjoy this cocktail without fear of ridicule

White Sangria
Ingredients:
3 tablespoons of sugar
3 shots of apple liquor
1 sliced lemon
1 sliced lime
2 peaches, wedges
3 apples, wedges
Dry white wine
Raspberries are optional

Place everything but the wine in a pitcher, and pour the wine over it to cover. Chill this for several hours and serve by placing fruit in the glass and pouring the wine infusion over it. Top with raspberries to taste

Dark and Stormy
Ingredients:
8 oz ginger beer or ginger ale
2 oz any dark rum

Place ice in a glass and pour the rum over it. Then pour in the ginger ale and stir

Cuba Libre
Ingredients:
1.5 oz dark or white rum
Juice from half of a lime
Ice
Coca-cola

Place all the ingredients in a glass and stir. Use a lemon wedge as a garnish if you have any left over.

Gin and Tonic
Ingredients:
2 oz Gine
5 oz Tonic water
1 lime wedge

Place ingredients in a shaker and shake well. Pour in a glass.

Luke Meadows
Staff Writer
lukem@uab.edu

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