Top 10 Classic Summer Cocktails

If you happen to flip through a bartender’s manual, you will definitely come across thousands of highballs to quench your summer thirst, but are they all worth your money? So, slip through our record of top 10 summer cocktails that have not only been prepared with some really great ingredients but are as well chill enough to combat the soaring heat. Starting from margarita to Sazerac, get to know the best summer cocktails that have made way into our list.

Top Ten Coolest Summer Cocktails

Keep reading to catch up with the recipe of all the top ten summer cocktails.

1. Margarita

Margarita - Top Ten Coolest Summer Cocktails

A classic cocktail prepared out of lime juice, tequila, ice cubes, superfine sugar and triple sec; Margarita was developed for the first time by the bartender of Tailor Restaurant in New York City – Eben Freeman. Moreover the presence of Reposado tequila in the drink offers it a smooth smoky flavour. For those of you who desires for a deep vegetal flavour can substitute it with blanco tequila.

2. Rum Punch

Rum-Punch - Top Ten Coolest Summer Cocktails

Credit goes to Nikki Elkins for introducing the perfect summer time drink. It was her trip to Honduras that has given birth to the popular cocktail made by mixing Orange juice, ginger ale, grenadine, Pineapple Juice, ice and rum. The drink bears somewhat a pinkish colour with a typical Caribbean taste. It can even be offered with lime to best suit the summer heat. During the sweating months when one normally feels like having more of alcohol with buddies, Rum Punch can serve as one of the best options.

3. Daiquiri

Daiquiri - Top Ten Coolest Summer Cocktails

To have Daiquiri; fresh lime juice, white rum, superfine sugar and ice cubes are the ingredients required and blending all of them in a shaker for almost twenty minutes will result in the formation of the top rated summer cocktail. Lime wheel can be additionally added to it for garnishing. A favourite of John F. Kennedy and Ernest Hemingway, the cocktail has been notorious since 1948. Back then and still today, It happens to be one among the six basic cocktail drinks known to bar lovers.

4. Mojito

Mojito - Top Ten Coolest Summer Cocktails

Though contemporary Mojito is available in a number of flavours, its traditional mixture consists of only five items – white rum, lime juice, mint, sugar and carbonated water. Its mishmash of refreshing citrus, sweetness and mint flavours is intended to harmonize the strong kick of the rum. While making it, care needs to be taken to bruise the mint leaves to a level that it only releases its essential oils and not to be shredded completely. With time, Mojito has turned out to be one amidst the most well known highballs.

5. Sangria

Sangria - Top Ten Coolest Summer Cocktails

A native of Portugal and Spain, Sangria is a top rated summer cocktail consisting of chopped fruit, wine, small proportion of brandy and sweetener. Due to its typical red colour its name originated from the Spanish-Portuguese word “bloodletting”. As time rolled over, its variations starting popping up and now-a-days there are even white and pink sangria which are alcoholic as well as non-alcoholic served with the combination of wine and fruits. Now it has become known in whole of United Kingdom and the United States as many supermarkets have started stocking it during the summer days.

6. Michelada

Michelada - Top Ten Coolest Summer Cocktails

Reputed as a better remedy for hangovers, Michelada is a Mexican cerveza preparada served in a chilled, salt-rimmed glass. The basic items required to prepare this classic cocktail are beer, assorted sauces, lime juice, pepper and spices. Moreover, Worcestershire sauce, serrano peppers, Clamato, Maggi and Chamoy powder are its optional ingredients used to blend out its variations. Though little tart and little spicy in taste, Michelada has always been a top summer cocktail.

7. Manhattan

Manhattan - Top Ten Coolest Summer Cocktails

As the name suggest, this was took birth in the Manhattan Club in New York City during the early 1870s. Dr. Iain Marshall was the person responsible for its introduction which later on became a fashionable cocktail. Currently, there a number of Manhattan highballs mixed out of several ingredients though the original one is still prepared from American Whiskey, Angostura bitters and Italian Vermouth. Each ingredient being immensely flavourful and satisfying, Manhattan seems like a liquid layer cake to many.

8. Aviation

Aviation - Top Ten Coolest Summer Cocktails

Another classic cocktail to show up in the record of top 10 summer cocktails, Aviation was conceived by the head bartender at the Hotel Wallick in New York – Hugo Ensslin during the early twentieth century. Gin, crème de violette, maraschino liqueur and lemon juice are the items needed to form the super splendid cocktail. Moonlight and Blue Moon are the two cocktails that can be derived from this special one by substituting any one of the basic elements.

9. French 75

French-75 - Top Ten Coolest Summer Cocktails

The sole champagne cocktail to appear among the top ten summer cocktails, French 75 has been a favourite of bar frequenters and bartenders since 1915, just after it was introduced in the New York Bar in Paris by its barman – Harry MacElhone. In France, it is as well recognised as the Soixante Quinze or the 75 Cocktail. Blending ice well with lemon juice, sugar and gin only to top it off with champagne is the surest way of creating the drink.

10. Sazerac

Sazerac - Top Ten Coolest Summer Cocktails

A popular variation of whiskey or Cognac cocktail, the Sazerac’s roots can be traced back to 1850 New Orleans. To serve it traditionally, it has to contain absinthe, sugar, rye, Peychaud’s Bitters and whiskey. Today it is considered as the oldest American cocktail. It was originally created as a remedy for a number of illnesses but as it grew its popularity among the New Orleanians, Sazerac became a branded cocktail.

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