During increasingly balmy days and sultry nights, there’s nothing like a perfect cocktail to kick in some real summer vibes. Moving beyond the iconic Aperol Spritz, 2023 presents an opportunity to discover something new.
Admit it: You love an Aperol Spritz. We all do. As the summer heat soars, we’re all drawn to that iconic orange hue, signaling a refreshing pause, a moment of respite under the sun. But while the Aperol Spritz has proudly reigned as the poster child of summer refreshments the past few years, the world of mixology is vast and ever-evolving.
With each summer, innovative bartenders create new beverages, and this year is no exception. So although we might sneak in an Aperol Spritz or two still, it’s time to switch things up and try something new. Luckily, there are plenty of delicious and refreshing summer drinks out there to choose from. Whether you’re seeking the fruity whimsy of a tropical drink, the effervescent charm of a bubbly mixture, or the sharp tang of a citrus blend, top bartenders from some of our favorite summer destinations around the world (think: Italy, Bahamas, Malibu) share their summer drink recommendations.
Summer in Dominicana
The Summer in Dominicana cocktail is a refreshing and creative take on a mimosa, perfect for summer. It’s simple to make, with just 4 ingredients and the flavor combo is both surprising and delightful. It’s a perfect bubbly drink, especially for self-serve at a summer party.
- Pineapple, cut in chunks or slices (need 2 slices per cocktail)
- 1/8 tsp Honey
- 8 leaves of Basil
- 4.5 oz Sparkling Wine
- In a cocktail shaker, add ice halfway, 2 pieces of pineapple, a dash of honey, and 8 basil leaves.
- Shake vigorously to blend the flavors and chill.
- Strain into a chilled flute glass
- Finish by adding the sparkling wine until it reaches 3/4 of the glass
- Garnish with pineapple leaves on top of the glass.
Using a strainer can help prevent any fruit fiber from getting into the mixture.
If the pineapple is purchased pre-cut, you can decorate it with green basil leaves to achieve a nice color contrast!
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