Summer Drinks

Mark Gibson

Lying on the beach sipping a tall ice cold drink sounds like an awesome day of summer.

Whether you like going out to beach side bars or mixing drinks yourself, picking the right drink to fit the mood is key. To help you decide, we’ve broken down this list into two categories: Mixed drinks and beers. And to give you some reassurance, we’ve had all the drinks on this list to make sure they are worthy of their placement. But in case you were wondering, we didn’t drink them all at once…

Before you get ahead of yourself, however, we do not condone under age drinking and we encourage all our readers to drink responsibly.


Mixed Drinks

5. The Tequila Sunrise

This drink is both a thirst quencher and a visual masterpiece. If mixed correctly you will get the “sunrise effect,” which gives the drink its name.

Ingredientes:

2 oz. Tequila

4 oz. Orange Juice

¾ oz. Grenadine

Directions: Pour tequila and orange juice into an ice filled glass. Then, pour in grenadine slowly, allowing it to settle. Stir to complete your sunrise.

 

4. The Fuzzy Navel

This is considered a drink for the ladies, but that’s because guys won’t admit how tasty it really is. This is an awesome, delicious drink for a hot summer day.

Ingredients:

3 oz. Peach Schnapps

3 oz. Orange Juice

Directions: Combine the ingredients and pour in a glass over ice. This drink is typically served with an orange slice and a cherry. On an extra hot day, try adding ice and blending for a Frozen Fuzzy Navel.

 

3. Hard Lemonade

When you think summer drinks, you typically think lemonade. This perfect thirst quencher is a great place to start on making your own hard drink. Basically, add any type of alcohol you want and you’ve got yourself hard lemonade.

Ingredients:

Lemonade and anything your heart desires.

 

2. Sex on the Beach

We’re pretty sure the origin of this drink came from someone saying “this drink tastes so good it’s like sex on the beach.” Therefore, it’s a delicious drink to sip on the beach. There are several different versions of this drink, but below is the original.

Ingredients:

1 oz. Peach Schnapps

1 oz. Vodka

Cranberry Juice

Orange Juice

Pineapple Juice

Directions: Pour the vodka, schnapps into a shaker along with equal parts of orange, cranberry and pineapple juice. Shake with ice and strain into a glass over ice. This drink is typically garnished with a slice of lemon or lime and a cherry.

 

1. Piña Colada

No drink says relaxation more than a Piña Colada, the perfect drink for a relaxing day by the pool or the beach. If you’re not a big fan of alcohol don’t worry. The virgin piña colada is just as satisfying.

Ingredients:

3 oz. White Rum

3 tbsp. Coconut Milk

3 tbsp. Pineapple

Directions: Combine all ingredients with two cups of crushed ice in a blender. Strain into a chilled glass and serve with a straw.

 

Beers

5. Magic Hat Wacko

This beer comes from South Burlington, Vermont, but what makes it unique is its beet juice-like color. Not to worry though, it doesn’t actually taste like beet juice. Wako has a malty aroma, subdued hope bite and a slightly sweet finish.

 

4. Brooklyn Summer Ale

A light bodied amber gold beer served ice cold makes is perfect for a hot day. The beer smells like honey, but the taste combines slightly sweet malt, hops and citrus. Bottled in Brooklyn, New York, this is a great beer for anytime of the day.

 

3. The Bruery Trade Winds Tripel

Bottled in Placentia, California, Trade Winds Tripel is a Belgian-style Golden Ale. A combo of Thai Basil and rice creates aromatic and digestible beer made for a lazy summer evening.

 

2. AleSmith YuleSmith (Summer) India Pale Ale

YuleSmith is a quenching, clear copper color hoppy double IPA. Brewed in San Diego, California, the beer has a citrusy aroma with a hint of vanilla. What makes this beer so good is its smooth hop taste and 22 oz. bottle.

 

1. Sam Adams Summer Ale

This is by far the most easily accessible summer beer. You can find it anywhere Sam Adams is usually sold. Its citrus flavor and light color make the perfect thirst quencher on a scorching summer’s day.