Seven End of Summer Refreshing Cocktails to Help You Beat the Heat

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With August comes the highest temperatures of the summer, which means you try everything and anything to stay cool. Hopefully a cold, chilled cocktail will make the hot temperature a little more bearable. It is overwhelming with the amount of fun, trendy cocktails out there so, at Fashion Reverie, we have chosen the best cocktails to keep you cool during the summer heat and that look pretty enough for your Instagram.

Tequila Watermelon Aguas Fresca with Prosecco

Mexican folklore says that the first Agua Frescas were made by Aztecs, from fruits gathered around Tenochtitlán, which is now known as the historic center of Mexico City, chilled with ice from nearby dormant volcanoes, Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl. Thankfully, the fruit and ice from your local store will work the same. The brightness of the watermelon juice makes this a drink that will for sure stand out at your next summer dinner party.

1 cubed and chilled seedless Watermelon

6 Limes thinly sliced

3 Mint sprigs, plus some extra for garnish

½ cup sugar

¾ cup tequila blanco

1 bottle chilled Prosecco

½ cup water

  1. In a small saucepan combine the water and sugar, and bring to a boil, making sure to stir until the sugar is fully dissolved. Then transfer the simple syrup to a heatproof bowl and set aside to cool.
  2. Using either a food processor or blender, blend the watermelon in batches until smooth. Then strain the puree into a large bowl or pitcher. Stir and add in the simple syrup, tequila, lime slices, 3 mint sprigs and ½ cup of water.
  3. To serve, pour the watermelon aqua fresca into your ice-filled glasses, making sure to leave some room at the top. Then top off the drinks with Prosecco and the extra mint leaves you have left for garnish. Enjoy!

Cutwater Cocktail Pops Pack of 12 $23.49

Cutwater has become one of the forerunners in the canned cocktail game and they are continuing their cocktail trajectory by entering the world of frozen cocktail popsicles. These are a great adult twist on the ice pops that everyone remembers enjoying as kids with 7% ABV. They are offered in flavors such as Tequila Margarita, Rum and Cola, Vodka Mule and Gin Melon. With all these flavor options, there is sure to be an option for everyone to cool down with.

Sangria

Throw in your favorite summer fruits and red wine over ice that creates a classic that people in the Mediterranean have been drinking for centuries to stay cool. Sangria is the drink of choice for many in the Mediterranean and it can soon become your favorite as well.

2 oranges, 1 for juicing and 1 for slicing

1 bottle Spanish red wine

1½ cups pomegranate juice, such as Pom Wonderful

⅓ cup orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier or Cointreau

¼ cup brandy or cognac

2 tablespoons lemon juice, from 1 lemon

3 tablespoons sugar

1 large apple, chopped into ¼-inch pieces

½ cup pomegranate seeds

  1. Juice one of the oranges into a large pitcher. Cut the other orange in quarters, thinly slice, and set aside.
  2. Add the wine, pomegranate juice, orange liqueur, brandy (or cognac), lemon juice and sugar to the pitcher with the orange juice. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the apples, orange slices and pomegranate seeds. Refrigerate overnight or at least a few hours before serving. Serve in your best wine glasses and fill with ice.

Spa Girl Cocktails 12-Pack in Varying Flavors $44.99

These are the perfect canned cocktails for a person on the go that also pack a punch! If you are looking for a new canned cocktail to take on all your summer outings, look no further. Plus, these will look great peeking out of your favorite summer tote with the eye-catching packaging.

Spa Girl Cocktails come in both non-carbonated and sparkling flavors so there is an option for everyone. The non-carbonated flavors include Cucumber, Peach, and Pear and are 16.5% ABV. At 11.5% ABV the sparkling cocktail flavors include Fresh Mango, Pineapple, and Strawberry.

Frozerol

Nothing says summer like a frozen cocktail, and this new spin on the Aperol Spritz is sure to become a new favorite. Aperol has become a summer staple, but this is a great way to step up your cocktail game by blending in some orange popsicles.

200 ml Aperol

4 Orange flavored popsicles

450 g ice cubes

1 bottle of Prosecco

  1. Cut popsicles away from their sticks. Discard sticks, and blend popsicles 100ml (31/2fl oz) of the Aperol, the ice and the Prosecco into a food processor or blender till slushy. Pour into a pitcher and stir in remaining 100ml Aperol. Divide among 8 glasses and serve.

Tanqueray Crafted Gin Cocktails 4 pack $16.99

What’s better than a gin and tonic? A gin and tonic you can enjoy in the park. The Tanqueray Crafted Gin Cocktails in a can are available in three different flavors: Tanqueray Gin & Tonic, Tanqueray Rangpur Lime Gin & Soda, and Tanqueray Sevilla Orange Gin & Soda. The packaging on these Tanqueray cocktails is as sophisticated as the drink contents and are sure going to make people envious of your drink of choice.

Mojitos

This drink said to have originated in Cuba sometime in the 1500’s is a classic summer cocktail. With ingredients including lime and mint this is a fresh and bright cocktail that is guaranteed to keep you cool.

10 fresh mint leaves

½ medium lime, cut into 3 wedges, divided

2 tablespoons white sugar, or to taste

1 cup ice cubes, or as needed

1 ½ fluid ounces white rum

½ cup club soda, or as needed

  1. Place mint leaves and 1 lime wedge into a sturdy glass. Use a muddler and crush to release mint oils and lime juice.
  2. Add remaining lime wedges and 2 tablespoons sugar, and muddle again to release the lime juice. Do not strain the mixture.
  3. Fill the glass almost to the top with ice. Pour in rum and fill the glass with club soda.
  4. Stir, taste, and add more sugar if desired.

-Phoebe Howard

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