As much as we love to pair our wine with a warm evening and some gal pals, we’re hoping to branch out of our rosé rut this season. We’ve gathered some of our fave summer drinks, perfect for a patio party, BFF brunch, or a bubble bath for one. And don’t worry — we’ve got you teetotalers out there covered, too; read to the end for our favorite seasonal mocktails.
I’m delivering an updated list of quenchers today. A quick round-up of summer drink ideas that will keep you hydrated and full of good ingredients while enjoying the sunshine.
Vanilla Rose Water:
I’ve encountered vanilla water in various guises over the past year or two. It’s fantastic. The first time was at Héctor Galván’s La Casa Tropical studio. He made sparkling water with a small segment of beautiful Mexican vanilla dropped into it. And again, the other night, my friend Bonni made a version combining a vanilla segment with fresh, fragrant rose petals, and a splash of rose water. It was a beautiful refresher. I did this version of Bonni’s (pictured above) and added ice-cubes frozen with a mix of summer berries to the rose petals and rose water.
If you’ve never had absolutely fresh pineapple juice, you are missing out on one of life’s simple pleasures. I juiced my little pineapple, enjoyed the first glass straight, and proceeded to use the remaining in this quencher. Made with coconut water, lime, and straight ginger juice, this quencher is invigorating, fragrant, and hydrating. A pure, intense shade of yellow tips us off to its strength and vitality before ever picking up the glass. Top of my favorite summer drink ideas list? Close!
Paloma Rosa: One of our favorite cocktails, Palomas push all the buttons – bright, refreshing, tart, with a kiss of sweet and salty. They also couldn’t be simpler. Combine the juices and tequila ahead of time, and mix in a flash.