Mixed drinks are a way of experiencing different flavors than if you were to consume a single type of drink. Not all mixed drinks need to be sweet. Some can be sour. A few might be refreshing or even spicy. Others are savory. Still, others have complexities that are difficult to express in words.
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Mixed Drink You Need to Try This Summer #1:
The Classic Bloody Mary
The “Bloody Mary” is a classic in the mixed drink world. Just combine your favorite tomato juice or something thicker like V8. Add some vodka. For heat, ass your favorite hot sauce for heat – most places recommend tabasco; however, any hot sauce will do. You’ll also want prepared or “hot” horseradish. For saltiness and umami, add Worcestershire sauce, some celery and garlic salts, and salt and pepper to taste (freshly ground, of course!) Pour over ice or serve as is. Garnish with celery stalk and some gherkins. Want a nonalcoholic version?
Mixed Drink You Need to Try This Summer #2:
There are a few cocktails that count as being chocolate.
- One version combines chocolate syrup, chocolate liquor, crème liquor, and vodka in a martini glass. If you have a steady hand and can practice beforehand, try to get a “swirl” in the martini glass with the chocolate syrup.
- Another version has ice cream infused with chocolate syrup, coffee, and chocolate liqueurs blended with ice, topped with whipped cream.
- A third called “chocolate mint Julep” combines bourbon, fresh mint, chocolate whiskey, and chocolate bitters.
- You can garnish any of these drinks with fresh mint, cherries, more chocolate syrup, or grated bittersweet chocolate.
Mixed Drink You Need to Try This Summer #3:
Instead of having a classic margarita, why not kick it up a notch – or several – by adding jalapeños to the mix? Instead of “simple syrup,” add some Cointreau to the margarita. Garnish with jalapeño slices and add a few spoons of the vinegary brine to the drink if you’re feeling extra adventurous.
Mixed Drink You Need to Try This Summer #4:
Strawberry Vodka Cocktail
This cocktail is straightforward to make. Combine strawberry syrup (cooked strawberries, sugar, and water, run the mixture through a sieve to remove seeds), and combine with vodka, lime juice, and club soda. Garnish with fresh strawberries.
Mixed Drink You Need to Try This Summer #5:
The vodka spritzer is a refreshing but not overly sweetened drink. For it, you’ll need to combine cranberry juice+, soda, or carbonated water*, and vodka. Sweeten to taste with simple syrup. Garnish the drink with lemon slices and fresh strawberries.
+ You can use a cranberry cocktail containing other fruit juices and 100% cranberry juice.
* Note: don’t use tonic water. If you read its ingredients, you’ll find it contains sugar
Mixed Drink You Need to Try This Summer #6:
Indian Jal Jeera Mojito
Take a traditional mojito of mint, club soda, lime juice, and white rum. Sweeten to taste. Add a spoon or two of the unique Indian Jal Jeera spice blend consisting of mint, ginger, dehydrated mango powder, roasted cumin seeds, cayenne, and black peppercorns. After throwing the ingredients into a spice grinder to pulverize, store it in an air-tight container for up to three months.
Mixed Drink You Need to Try This Summer #7:
The Harvey Wallbanger is a complex cocktail with hints of orange, vanilla, star anise, juniper, lavender, and cinnamon. It contains vodka, Galliano L’Autentico, and orange juice. Garnish with orange slices and maraschino cherries.
Mixed Drink You Need to Try This Summer #8:
Long Island Iced Tea
Despite this beverage being called “Long Island Iced Tea,” it’s a bit of a misnomer. The drink itself contains no tea. Instead, you’ll find it consists of vodka, white rum, silver tequila, gin, triple sec, lemon juice, and topped with cola. Garnish the drink with a lemon wedge.
Mixed Drink You Need to Try This Summer #9:
Boozy Mango Lassi
A Mango Lassi is a classic nonalcoholic beverage made of pureed mangos (fresh, frozen, or canned pulp), yogurt, and milk. Blend til smooth, and optionally add cardamon or cinnamon (or both!). Sweeten to taste with honey or kaffir lime syrup. Too sweet? Add some lime juice to add some tartness. Pour in some rum to make an alcoholic version of the drink.
Please consume alcohol responsibly!
When trying these mixed drinks, please remember to drink responsibly. If you are uncertain of your intoxication level, please ask for a ride, call a cab, or take public transportation if available. If you see someone else under the influence and can’t drive, take their keys and ensure they can get home safely by public transportation or cab.