Perfect Summer Cocktails

summer drinkAlthough many chefs focus on wine pairing while they are preparing their dishes, the art of the cocktail is changing the fine dining landscape. Mixologists are becoming a staple in many haute-cuisine restaurants, and foodies are also flocking to high-end cocktail bars.

The cocktail is back, and there’s no better time to jump on board with this trend than during the summer when ingredients are at their freshest. As a student in online culinary arts programs, it’s a good idea to keep yourself in the know about the hottest summer mixed drinks.

Pimm’s Cup
A native London drink, a Pimm’s Cup welcomes in the refreshing flavors of summer. After centuries of dreary winters, the British know a thing or two about making a fantastic patio-friendly concoction once the weather warms. Traditionally served at Wimbledon, a Pimm’s Cup is made with Pimm’s No.1 (a bitter English liquor), lemon-lime soda or ginger ale and a lemon twist, then served with a sliced cucumber and lemon wheel as garnish.

Who says you can’t enjoy red wine when it’s hot outside? Although this cocktail is native to Spain, it has taken on a life of its own in the U.S. All you need is red wine, a bit of sugar, slices of orange, lime juice, ice and soda water. Topped with fresh raspberries and strawberries, this is the perfect drink for fruit lovers.

A martini is typically one of the first drinks that is thought of when speaking of high end cocktails. Martinis are usually a staple at many restaurants and can spruce up any night out! There are many variations and adaptations of martinis ranging from a tropical gin martini to a more unique PSI Gangnam style martini. With all the varieties out there, there’s bound to be one that you will love.

Pisco Sour
Cocktails with egg whites would have raised a few eyebrows 10 years ago, but now they are a staple on cocktail menus in many fine dining establishments. A Pisco Sour is easy to make at home. All you need is ice, lime juice, simple syrup, egg whites and your favorite brand of pisco.

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