When it’s a gajillion degrees out and you have sweat pouring from places you didn’t even know you had, it’s nice to have a cocktail or two to cool off. Drinks based in ingredients like aperitifs, aperol, wine and sherry tend to be lower in alcohol, which means that they’re refreshing and light—and won’t knock you over the head in the way high-proof spirits-based drinks will. Here, Food & Wine’s most thirst-quenching, low-alcohol cocktails, and a couple no-alcohol mocktails, too.
Carpano and Soda
This three-ingredient drink is made with Carpano Antica, a vanilla, spiced, delicious and sweet vermouth. It will be your new high heat index favorite.
Peach-and-Lemon Verbena Bellinis
There’s a reason bellinis are so popular at brunch: you can have more than one and still go about your day. This peak of summer version from Cockscomb’s Chris Cosentino is best served in a garden.