Cocktail drinks are the best way to kick the summer heat. Cocktail drinks are cool and refreshing and are ideal to rejuvenate your body and mind during the summer. These drinks are much more than average carbonated soft drinks or other usual drinks which we consume during the summer season.
The best cocktail drinks are the ones made with fresh summer fruits. While there are some cocktail drinks which pre mixed or frozen cocktails. The ones with fruits are the best both in terms of taste as well as your health.
Some of the most popular cocktail drinks for summer are –
The original margaritas are lime margaritas however, the original version is often blended to form cooler drinks. The standard margarita has lime juice or orange juice mixed with tequila and with crushed salt on the rim of the glass. This cocktail is served with ice that is shaken on the rocks, blended with ice that is frozen or straight up, that is, without ice.
At times flavored liqueurs may be added to the drink. Margaritas have a tangy taste that will refresh you in no time. Other variations of the margarita include apple margarita made with apple brandy and applesauce; strawberry margarita with strawberries mixed in the rum; peach margarita with peaches and the Hawaiian margarita with a strong strawberry or pineapple flavor.
Daiquiris are typical summer cocktail drinks. The frozen version of the daiquiris is the best with the sweet and refreshing taste. The main ingredients of a daiquiri include rum, sugar and lime juice.
There are some variations of the classic daiquiri such as the Daiquiri Floridita with maraschino liqueur; the Hemingway Daiquiri with white rum, lime, grapefruit and maraschino liqueur; the Red Irish Daiquiri with spiced rum and Irish cream and finally the Banana Daiquiri which is a blend of a regular daiquiri with some banana. The Old Rose Daiquiri is a frozen daiquiri with strawberry syrup while the Daiquiri Mulata has coffee liqueur along with the rum. Depending on the different kinds of daiquiri which are available, the taste will also differ. However, the lime and the rum are the principal elements that add the zing to any daiquiri and make it a cocktail worthy to drink.
The Piña Colada is a smooth and refreshing pineapple cocktail drink. It is rum based like a daiquiri and has a sweet taste. Piña Coladas are made with rum, pineapple juice, cream of coconut and served with either shaken ice or blended ice. It has a cooling effect on your body that is instantly rejuvenating.
Sometimes this cocktail drink is also served with pineapple wedges or maraschino cherries. When this drink is mixed with vodka, it is called a King Henry or the Chi Chi. There are variations to this drink known as the Lava Flow which is a blend of a strawberry daiquiri and a pina colada, The Miami Vice, Caribou Lou with Malibu rum and Staten Island Ferry with coconut rum and the Belizean Pina Colada which has evaporated milk in place of the regular coconut cream among others.
The blue bayou is another popular cocktail drink during the summer months.
It is a frozen cocktail prepared with vodka and blue curacao and mixed with grapefruit or pineapple that adds to its taste.
This is a typical fruit cocktail drink.
It is made with banana, pomegranate, coconut or orange with the base liqueur being rum.
The Raspberry Bellini
The Bellini’s are traditional Italian cocktails. While they are generally peach flavored, the raspberry Bellini has a different twist to it.
It is made with unsweetened raspberries, sugar and chilled brut champagne. The raspberries are made into purees and then added to the champagne to offer a heavenly taste.
The St. Germaine Sangria
This is a French cocktail prepared with Sauvignon Blanc or dry white wine, strawberries, grapes, blueberries, peaches and St. Germaine.
The fruit needs to be soaked for 3 to 8 hours before it can be mixed with the wine.
The cosmopolitan is one of the traditional cocktail drinks. It is made with vodka, cranberry juice, lime juice and triple sec. The cosmopolitan is also referred to as the Cosmo is an American drink and is one of the most popular cocktail drinks ever created.
Some of the variations of this drink include squeezing a lime wedge into the chilled cocktail glass; using lime cordial instead of lime juice; blue curacao and white cranberry juice which gives a blue effect to the drink; using limoncello in place of lime juice and stirred cosmopolitans in place of the usual shaken ones.
The Mojito is another traditional cooling cocktail drink that originated in Cuba. It is made with white sugar, rum, lime juice, sparkling water and mint. The mint and the lime add a fresh flavor to the drink that is very refreshing during the hot summer months.
There are several variations of the Mojito such as the English Mojito made with gin and sprite; fruit flavored mojitos with bananas, mango, lychee, mandarin or strawberry; Dirty Mojito with spiced rumbrown sugar syrup key limes and crushed mint; Apple Mojito with apple flavored liqueur and even a Mojito with no alcohol known as Virgin Mojito. Mojitos have a tangy taste that leaves a fresh aftertaste and is ideal as a cooling summer cocktail drink.
This is another summer cocktail drink. Mint Julep is South American in origin. It is made with mint, bourbon, sugar and water with mint leaves as a garnish. If the drink is made with vodka instead of bourbon then it is called the Kremlin Colonel. The mint julep is also a very refreshing drink especially because of the mint leaves. It gives a soothing effect from inside.
Besides the cooling summer cocktail drinks which are mentioned above, there are a number of other drinks too. Cocktail drinks are generally easy to prepare and are a stimulating drink because of the kick from the alcohol content combined with the soothing and calming effect of the fruits.