Perfect Summer Cocktails

Although 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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