Best Mix Drinks To Beat The Summer Heat
So it's hot outside.. Really hot
The summer heat is brutal. Literally getting into the three digit ranges, many cities are trapped in terrible humidity, and it feels like the summer may never end.
Thankfully for you, we compiled a few top choice drinks to help beat the summerheat. We can promise that they will make the heat go away entirely but we do promise that they’re delicious and will cool you down when it’s blazing hot outside.
Margaritas are a no brainer when it comes to festive holidays like Cinco de Mayo or your neighbor's daughter's quinceanera but it's also delicious when it's 90+ degrees outside. Oh, and it's probably the easiest drink in the world to make.
The first step is picking the right tequila. This isn't always an easy feat. With different brands emerging nearly every day, it's hard to know what is preferred by your palette and which kinds won't break the bank. We've listed some of our favorite types of tequila below, ranging from "I just got my paycheck" to "I'm having this one drink and then going to bed".
Probably the best bang for your buck. You can get a whole handle of this for $17.99 and we've even seen it for as little as $15-16 in some stores. Mix it with enough margarita mix and and you're good to go.
Zapopan Reposado - $$
Ok, so this one costs less than the first one but you get a lot less, so technically it's twice as expensive. Seriously though, this stuff is a great deal for the price and we can't recommend it enough.
KAH - $$$
Besides, Diddy's personal tequila brand, KAH is one of the coolest drinks out there, period. Each bottle is not only in the shape of a skull but is cleverly decorated to impress. We love keeping these little guys around as apartment decorations.
Patron Silver - $$$$
Patron is for birthdays and impressing pretty girls that you meet at the club. But if we're going to spend more than $50 on a single bottle of tequila, then it's probably going to be Patron.
Run a lime wedge around the rim of a glass and dip in salt. Fill the glass with ice.
Fill a shaker with ice and add tequila, triple sec and lime juice. Shake well.
Strain the deliciousness over the glass from step one and squeeze a bit of lime into the drink. Stir again and you're done - easy, right?
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So if you're hungover the next day from drinking too much tequila, then the perfect solution is to whip out the hair of the dog with a tomato filled Bloody Mary. While still extremely easy to make, this drink will require a few more materials than the all so delicious Margarita.
Similar to the tequila dilemma, there also happens to be tons of Vodka brands out there. Almost too many to choose from. Easy for you, we have some of our absolute favs listed below so you don't have to spend an entire day at the package store searching for the goods.
Barton - $
Seriously, this stuff should be illegal. Not only does it make getting completely wasted in the middle of the day the easiest thing on earth but it's cheaper than sin and every college freshman's best friend.
Tito's - $$
You really can't go wrong with Tito's. It's not that expensive and for what it is, it really doesn't taste that bad. Distilled from potatoes, this world known brand definitely gets the job done.
Grey Goose - $$$
Mainly reserved for retired alcoholic aunts and classy businesspeople drinking at upscale nightclubs, Grey Goose is probably more than your typically going to want to spend on alcohol unless you can afford it.
Crystal Head - $$$$
Similar to Patron, this vodka is only meant for the well off and special occasions. Not typically found behind your local bar, Crystal Head's diamond distilled vodka is probably one of the smoothest tasting vodkas you'll ever have. And, similar to KAH, it makes a great ornament in one's living room.
In a glass stir together 2 ounces of tomato juice, vodka, 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce, 3/4 teaspoon of horseradish, 3 dashes of hot sauce, 1 punch of salt, and 3 dashes hot sauce, like Tabasco.
Fill glass with ice, then transfer the contents into a second glass.
Pour back and forth 3 to 4 times to mix well, then add a splash of lemon juice.
Throw in a celery stalk, lemon wedge and enjoy.
Definitely can't forget a good ole vino concoction for all of you wine lovers out there. Great for the beach and/or rooftops, Sangria is the ultimate combination of refreshing fruit and alcohol.
Ok, so this one is hard. There are literally millions of different wines out there. Your best bet is heading to your local Traders Joe's wine shop and picking up any of the hundreds of brands they alone carry. While we still have a few suggestions below, please feel free to shoot us a note if you have any suggestions from your personal favs.
Franzia Box Wine - $
If you're in college or currently seeking work, then this might be the best solution for you. While slapping the bag isn't the best quality, per se - it does give an amazing bang for your buck.
Barefoot - $$
Slightly more expensive than it's boxed wine rival, Barefoot is a huge global brand that caries pretty much any type of wine your heart would ever desire.
If you're looking to spend a little more but don't want to quite spend a while Benjamin, then this is probably the best route to go.
Chateau Margaux - $$$$
For those of you who are out partying on a hundred foot yacht and happen to be thirsty for some Sangria, then this 2016 Chateau Margaux is just right for you.
Pour the wine (red, white, rose) into a pitcher and squeeze the juices from a lemon and orange into the pitcher.
Toss in some fruit wedges (fruit can vary depending on taste and range from strawberries to peaches, kiwis, rasberries and blueberries), removing seeds first if possible and add 2 tablespoons of sugar and 2 ounces of brandy, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
Cover the pitcher with plastic wrap and chill it in the refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight to marry the mixture.
Add two cups of ginger ale or club soda just before you serve the drink. Squeeze and serve some freshly cut lemon or orange wedges if desired.
While not quite a mix drink, we didn't want to exclude a few of our favorite beers to drink when we can't seem to beat the heat. While most of these beers are similar in price, none of them require any special type of recipes to enjoy.
Lagunitas IPA - $$
If you're a fan of the hoppy taste of IPAs then, Lagunitas is never a bad choice. With a somewhat restrained hop profile with slight citrus, earthy almost Noble hop character for less than $15 a six pack, Lagunitas is one of our favorite beers to beat the heat.
While not all of us prefer the wheat and lemon taste of a Shandy, they can definitely be refreshing and sweet. Some say that they even taste like a glass of summer.
Corona Light - $
Probably the most well known beach beer, Corona is a staple to drink during the summer when you're looking for that refreshing alcoholic beverage.
White Girl/Babe Rose - $$
Ok, so they're not beer. But they now come in a can so we've decided to group it with the rest. Even if you decide not to go with their new bubbly selection, at least give them a follow on Instagram for some hilarious branded content.
Well that's it for our list of best drinks to keep you cool during the summer. Have any other recommendations? Feel free to shoot us a note or leave a comment below. And for more foodsy inspiration and other entertaining reads, make sure to use the form below to subscribe to our newsletter