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How to Craft the Perfect Summer Cocktail

July 31, 2022

Looking for a refreshing drink to cool you down this summer? Look no further! In this blog post, we will teach you how to craft the perfect summer cocktail. We'll provide tips on selecting the right ingredients and give you recipes for some crowd-pleasing cocktails that are sure to impress your friends and family. Cheers!

Select the Right Ingredients

The first thing you need to do when crafting the perfect summer cocktail is select the right ingredients. For a refreshing summer drink, you'll want to use seasonal fruits and herbs. Some of our favorites include watermelon, strawberries, basil, and mint. You'll also need to choose a liquor that compliments these flavors. Gin, vodka, tequila, and rum are all great options.
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Your ingredients should be light and refreshing. Your guests want a drink reminiscent of breezy summer days, and anything too heavy or sweet will leave everybody feeling sluggish.
Now that you've selected the perfect ingredients, it's time to start mixin'!

Mix Your Ingredients Correctly

Summery cocktails are all about balance. You don't want a drink that's too sweet or too strong. The key to achieving the perfect balance is to start by mixing your liquor with some fresh citrus juice (or one of our mixers). This will help cut the sweetness of the fruit and give your cocktail a nice summery tang.

Once you've mixed your liquor and juice or mixer, it's time to add in the rest of your ingredients. If you're using fresh fruit, muddle it in a shaker before adding the rest of your ingredients. This will help release the fruit's flavors and make your cocktail even more summery and delicious.
Now that your ingredients are all mixed together, it's time to shake them up!

Shaking your cocktail is an essential step in the mixology process. It helps evenly distribute the flavors and ensures that your drink is nice and cold. We recommend shaking your cocktail for at least 30 seconds or until the outside of the shaker is frosty.

Once you've given your cocktail a good shake, it's time to strain it into a glass.
Straining your cocktail is crucial because it helps to remove any chunks of fruit or herbs that may have been muddled in the shaker. This step will also help to ensure that your drink is smooth and refreshing.

Your summer cocktail is almost complete, but it's not quite ready to serve. Be sure to add some ice to your glass before pouring in your cocktail. This will help to keep your drink cold and refreshing.

Choose the Perfect Drinkware

If you want to take your drinks to the next level, serving them in the right glassware is important. Did you know that the type of glass you use can really enhance the flavors of your summer cocktail? For example, using a glass with a stem will keep the heat from your hand from warming up your drink.

Tumblers or lowball glasses, on the other hand, have thick bottoms to better support the muddling of fruit. The straight walls mean that the aroma of your drink will collect at the top of your glass, which impacts how you perceive and taste the beverage inside.

A red cocktail served in a lowball glass with an orange peel garnish.

Serve Your Drink With Style

The best way to serve your drink with a flourish? Add a garnish! This may be a piece of fruit, a sprig of herbs, or even a pretty cocktail umbrella. Garnishes not only look great, but they can also enhance the flavors of your summer cocktail. Olives and whiskey cherries are also an option.

Enjoy Your Masterpiece

The final step? Sit back, relax, and enjoy your summer cocktail! Whether you're sipping it by the pool or serving it at a summer party, we know you'll love this refreshing drink.

Now that you know how to craft the perfect summer cocktail, put your skills to the test and whip up a batch for your next gathering. Your friends and family will be impressed, we guarantee it.

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At Louisiana Pantry, we're your one-stop shop for all things summer entertaining. We have everything you need from mixers and garnishes to other backyard party options like soda, charcoal, and pickled vegetables.

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