In the Summer Time

So it’s hot out, like really hot. The kind of hot that makes everything you do unbearable and sweaty. Luckily, libations can help us enjoy the summer heat at your favorite pool, lake, beach or backyard a bit more. I introduce to you the 3 most important cocktails you will need to stay cool this summer.

While I am not here to re-create the wheel or earn a Presidential medal of freedom, I am going to break down how to easily make some great drinks to enjoy with your friends and family on a hot summer day as well as give you a quick back story so you can be the life of the party with your Snapple lid facts. So sit back relax, take out your blender and enjoy the ride as we navigate The Art of Thirst’s favorite summer drinks.

  1. The Margarita: The story of the origins of the margarita has many versions. Some say it was made by Tommy’s Place in 1942 and others say it was made by Margarita Sames for her guests in her Acapulco home in 1948, but the first known publication of the Margarita was in the Esquire magazine in December of 1953.
    • 5 oz Tequila
    • 1 oz Orange Liquer
    • .75 oz Fresh Lime Juice
    • .25 Simple Syrup or Agave Nectar
    • Lime Wheel for garnish
    • Kosher Salt for rim
  1. The Mojito: Havana Cuba, is the birthplace of the Mojito, although the exact origin of this classic cocktail is the subject of debate. One story traces the Mojito to a similar 16th century drink known as “El Draque”, after Sir Francis Drake.
    • 5 oz White Rum
    • 1 oz Sparkling Water
    • .75 oz Simple Syrup or Suger
    • .75 oz Fresh Lime Juice
    • 3 Sprigs Fresh Mint
    • Lime wedge for garnish
  1. The Pina Colada: The earliest known story states that in the 19th century, Puerto Rican pirate Roberto Cofresi, to boost his crew’s morale, gave them a beverage or cocktail that contained coconut, pineapple and white rum. This was what would be later known as the famous piña colada. With his death in 1825, the recipe for the piña colada was lost.
    • 2 oz Rum
    • 2 oz Coco Lopez (Coconut Cream)
    • 2oz Fresh Pineapple Juice
    • .5 oz Fresh Lime Juice
    • Wedge of Pineapple and Cheery for Garnish

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