11 Essential Cocktails for July Parties
Deep in the dog days of summer, July is a time for both lazing about and outdoor parties, preferably beside a body of water. You need refreshing and easy-drinking coolers to quench your thirst and that of your party guests because it’s too darn hot out.
Thanks to the low-ABV Martini & Rossi rosato vermouth and Aperol, you can have Rosé (Cobbler) all day. With a splash of rhubarb shrub and strawberry puree, this refreshing day-friendly cocktail is the perfect accompaniment to hammock hangouts.
It’s not officially summer vacation without a banana cocktail. And this one Iz Bananaz! It’s not a froufrou resort drink but rather a serious mix of bittersweet Amaro Montenegro and sweet banana liqueur punctuated with cachaça.
This mezcal cocktail is hot hot hot. Here, ginger heat is compounded with pureed chipotle pepper and muddled bell peppers. The Barbacoa’s fire and smoke will nicely complement barbecued meats or at least the beef jerky garnish.
Although the Batida Rosa is simple and pink, it’s a cachaça cocktail with big flavor. Bright effervescence is courtesy of the club soda with pineapple juice for a truly tropical finish. All you need is a beach to complete the picture.
Tiki expert Jeff “Beachbum” Berry created this exotic cocktail to fill a Tiki mug made for him, but you really don’t need a mug to enjoy it. With a light rum and demerara rum as well as equal parts of Licor 43, lemon juice, unsweetened pineapple juice, orange juice, and passion fruit syrup, you’ll instantly be transported to tropical climes upon first sip.
The classic Mojito summer-fied! Watermelon juice mixed with Bacardi rum and sweetened with agave nectar make this fruity cooler the perfect libation for any pool party. And with that hit of mint and citrus, it’s oh-so-refreshing.
PDT’s Jim Meehan upgraded the Piña Colada replacing the saccharine Coco Lopez with Ciao Bella coconut sorbetto. The result is a lighter and leaner version that could very easily be enjoyed more than twice.
El Chapo’s simple and summery mix of gin and strawberry-infused Aperol is topped off with an effervescent Stiegl Radler grapefruit beer for a refreshing tipple that’s dangerously easy going down.
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Bartender Eric Alperin’s rum cocktail punch will keep your party going all night long courtesy of cold-brew coffee in it. The orange-peel and spice flavors of the coffee are amplified with orange juice and cinnamon.
What better way to celebrate America than with one of our country’s first cocktails, the Sazerac? Except here, the stirred rye whiskey and absinthe classic is adapted for summer via a cup of ice and a blender. Whip up a pitcher for your Fourth of July blowout.
Stay as cool as a cucumber with the Green Beast. It’s easy to supersize for parties because of its 1-to-1 proportions of absinthe, lime juice and simple syrup. The herbaceousness of absinthe and the cooling effects of the cucumber slices are best enjoyed during a hot night.