Drinks for Summer 2021
By Halle Cook Published May 2021
With the Florida sun beating down on us as we reach the summer months, there is only one thing we can do to counter the crazy heat—cool off with a refreshing drink. There is little that is more appealing during a day at the pool or the beach than a cool can layered in chilly condensation. Hosting an outdoor BBQ? Delight your guests with a delicious, iced cocktail mixed with some fresh flavors or a glass of wine fit for summertime. We’re bringing you all the best drinks for summer 2021. So, break out the sunscreen, coolers and koozies because the hottest season of the year is here!
Vodka is always a notable summer drink. With its refreshing and smooth body, this versatile spirit adds a thirst-quenching characteristic to any cocktail it’s mixed with. Coast Handcrafted Vodka is made in Florida, is eco-friendly and they donate $1 per box sold to the Coastal Conservation Association. This box vodka is part of ABC’s Sourced & Certified Collection, enjoy the aromas of lemon and grain from a six-time distillation process that lends to notes of powdered sugar, pepper and slate.
From pro mixers Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad, Dos Hombres Mezcal Artesanal is truly a summer treat. Featuring fresh and fruity flavors and a sweet palate with hints of mango and sapote, this Mexican spirit finishes with a soft, almost imperceptible hint of smoke that portrays the volcanic stone and firewood earth-ovens the mezcal is baked in.
Whether you’re sipping by the pool or hiding in the A/C, Cutwater Tiki Rum Mai Tai will transport you to the tropics. This premixed cocktail blends two of Cutwater’s rums and emphasizes pineapple and coconut flavors blended with a citrus mix. This tastebud summer vacation comes in a can, so skip the airfare and head to your local ABC.
Jean-Luc Colombo La Dame du Rout Rosé is a vibrant, pink wine that focuses tightly on the palate. It offers sappy red currant and strawberry flavors for the perfect summertime sip. This dry Rosé will pair wonderfully with a pork, poultry or fish meal enjoyed alongside some laughs with friends or family.
Looking for a drink that pairs with your new swimsuit? Señor Pedro’s Skinny Margarita is a new product in our Sourced & Certified Collection that is pre-mixed and ready to drink with just a twist of the cap. Try it frozen or on the rocks because either way, this citrusy delight is just 95 calories per serving.
When the sun is high in the sky, the words tequila and margarita become synonymous. If you’re looking for an outstanding tequila to spike that fan-favorite drink, try Los Rijos Silver Tequila. This 100% agave azul spirit is fruity-yet-dry with a medium body that features a lively, warm finish of vanilla and honeyed citrus.
If you miss the days of lemonade stands, there’s a new adult treat calling your name. Smirnoff has introduced Smirnoff Pink Lemonade Vodka. This pink vodka (yes, the liquid is actually pink!) has carefully balanced flavors of subtly sweet pink berries and refreshing lemonade. Pair it with club soda for a drink the screams summer.
If you’re looking for a refreshing glass of wine, our wine expert Bill Stobbs recommends Matahiwi Estate Sauvignon Blanc. This white wine is from Wairarapa, New Zealand and received a 91-point rating from Decanter for their 2019 vintage. Enjoy gooseberry and citrus on the nose with pithy finish with every sip.
Our pro tip for an amazing summer is to make it a peachy one. With our Sourced & Certified Cooper’s Mark Peach Bourbon you’ll get a masterfully blended bourbon that exhibits the perfect amount of peachy sweetness and a touch of mild spices. Try it in a cocktail like the peachy old fashioned for a sweet twist on a delicious classic.
Summertime’s arrival deserves a celebration just like any other holiday, so we say pop a bottle of bubbly! Cune Cava Brut from Spain is very dry with delicate hints of apple and good acidity from its nine-month aging process in the bottle. At a value price, wine expert Bill Stobbs says this sparkling wine is “my go-to Cava at the moment.”