5 Drinks I’m Trying This Summer

It hasn’t been too long since I’ve hit the legal age. But contrary to Hollywood depictions, I haven’t been frequenting high-class bars or roaming the streets like a wild child. Instead, I’ve been what my brother calls “boring” and “lame” for not acquainting my palette with drinks. Whether it’s my brother’s occasional pestering or the thought of being uncultured and ignorant, my curiosity is beginning to get the best of me this summer.

After some (thorough) research, I’ve built the ultimate summer to-drink list of ones I’ve always wanted to try and others that simply piqued my interest. You’ll see why.

 

Mint Julep

mint julep

This cocktail has been a popular search term these days. Associated with the cuisine of Southern United States, a mint julep is traditionally made with mint leaf (usually spearmint), bourbon, sugar and water. Sounds refreshing, doesn’t it? I bet it’ll leave your breath smelling minty– and alcohol-ly, I suppose.

To freshen up your day or night, try our Kentucky Derby Mint Julep.
 

Grasshopper

Was I the only one who imagined a glass full of grasshopper guts? Thankfully, the name is simply inspired by its green color. This sweet, mint-flavored cocktail originated from a landmark bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana, and has gained popularity ever since. It consists of equal parts green Crème de menthe, Crème de cacao and fresh cream. Seems like my kind of drink.

For a sweet after-dinner drink, try our Vodka Grasshopper.

 

Rusty Nail

Sounds like a drink made for rustic men with scruffy beards and grease-stained hands. Well, I’d like to break this self-made stereotype. This drink combines the honeyed, herbal taste of Drambuie and “biting” taste of Scotch whisky. Though many prefer a less sweetened drink, I think I’d like to get more of that Drambuie in mine…

For a drink with a kick, try our Rusty Nail.

 

Gimlet

Gimlet

To be honest, the only reason why I want to try this drink is because it reminded me of the Lord of the Rings character Gimli. While it’s far from resembling a rough-edged dwarf warrior, this drink is known for its sharp and piercing taste. Whether the name is derived from a tool used to drill small holes or a British Royal Navy Surgeon, this gin and lime concoction seems like a daring choice.

For a hint of pomegranate, try our Garden of Eden Gimlet.

 

Long Island Iced Tea

Long Island Iced Tea

For the longest time, I was convinced that this drink was misplaced in the alcohol section on menus everywhere. But despite its name, it usually never contains any tea. Instead, it’s a mixture of vodka, gin, tequila and rum with the addition of cola, sour mix, triple sec or lemon juice on occasion. While I’m not sure which mix I’ll try, I’m going to make sure there’s no kiddie straw included. Wouldn’t want to clue in others that I’m an amateur at this.

For a Long Island Ice Tea with a makeover, try our UV Long Weekend.


Do you any drinks you’d recommend trying? Share in the comments section below! The more the merrier.

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