There’s a bit of a heat wave coming to Boston this weekend, so I figured it’s the perfect time to talk about some of my favorite refreshing tipples. These classics will keep you cool as the temperature climbs, and they all come together with two or three ingredients. Even better, I put my own spin on each one so you’ll get twice the inspiration.
When it comes to simplicity, it’s hard to beat the Paloma. The marriage of grapefruit soda, tequila, and lime juice is nothing short of mind blowing. Roll up to a barbecue with a bottle of tequila and some grapefruit soda and I guarantee you’ll make 10 new friends. For my Bike Chariot, I turned it into a beer cocktail using Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin to maintain the trademark citrus flavor.
2 oz Blanco Tequila
1/2 oz Aperol
1/2 oz Lime Juice
Few dashes Bittermens Hopped Grapefruit Bitters
4 oz Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin (any citrusy IPA will do)
Combine and shake everything but the IPA with ice, strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Top with 4 oz Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin. Stir gently to combine. Garnish with lime wedge or twist.
Next up is the Americano. Sipping this low ABV classic instantly transports you to an outdoor cafe in Europe. Equal parts Campari and sweet vermouth are topped with a splash of soda for some lively fizz. It’s a good thing it doesn’t pack a huge alcoholic punch, cuz man does it go down easy. In the Cherrycano, I tweaked things a little bit by using Aperol instead of Campari, and Maraschino liqueur for an extra bit of funky depth. Which ever one you choose, it’s a perfect thing to sip and watch the world go by.
1 1/2 oz Aperol
1 1/2 Sweet Vermouth [Noilly Prat]
1/4 oz Maraschino Liqueur [Luxardo]
Combine in a glass, stir with ice. Strain into an ice filled rocks glass. Top with club soda and an orange twist.
Lastly is a man everyone knows, Tom Collins. Gin, citrus, sugar, bubbles. That’s it. Doesn’t get much more refreshing than that. Almost like an adult lemonade. I like using both lemon and lime juice, cuz sometimes it’s just too hard to choose. My Ruby Collins utilizes grapefruit soda (can you tell I love this stuff) and Campari to change the citrus profile. The extra bitter bite helps quench your thirst even more, and adds another layer of flavors to the mix.
1 oz Gin
1 oz Campari
1 oz Simple Syrup
1/2 oz Lime Juice
~4 oz Grapefruit Soda
Combine everything except the soda in a shaker with ice. Shake, strain into an ice filled Collins glass, and top with grapefruit soda. Give a quick stir to combine. Garnish with lime wedge
As the sun beats down this summer, remember these classics, and these twists, to keep yourself cool and sane. Even if it’s only until the next drink.