Three drinks to try this summer, 2023 edition

Tasting room director Katrina Hayes prepares their bestseller drink Smoked OG Old Fashioned with
Tasting room director Katrina Hayes prepares their bestseller drink Smoked OG Old Fashioned with / Nur B. Adam / Bucks County Courier Times

The summer is bearing down upon us and now’s the time to enjoy the nice weather with good food, good drinks, and good friends. Variety is supposedly the spice of life, but when there are so many options in front of you, it can be hard to make a choice. That can be applied to selecting what drinks to enjoy this summer, but this post is meant to help you make such a hard decision. If you’re looking to expand your palate with new drinks.

Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita

The margarita is a drink that everyone knows and loves. In many ways, it should be considered the “training wheels” of alcoholic drinks. While this drink isn’t as easy to make as the standard margarita, it does have an additional flare that can quickly make this one of your favorites.

Mix reposado tequila of your choice with fresh pineapples and jalapeno slices. Adding additional pineapples and jalapeno slices will increase the spice and bitterness of the drink, so do so to your own taste. You can further personalize this drink by adding salt, sugar, or Tajin to the rim.

Watermelon Mojito

The mojito is a well-known drink that recently exploded in popularity thanks to a particular commercial and dance. Known for its attractive look and ability to quench one’s thirst, the watermelon mojito is an excellent take on the drink. What makes this drink a bit different than the standard mojito is that it has a sweeter taste to it. That could also be a dangerous attribute if the sweetness makes it easier to enjoy, but always remember to drink responsibly. This is a great drink to make for yourself, or to break out the pitchers and make it a feature item when you host a brunch with friends.

Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned should be a staple in your drinking repertoire. If you’re at a new establishment or even one that you frequent, and the bartender is unable to make one of the new options previously mentioned in this piece. Then pull out the old faithful trick card that is the Old Fashioned.

This is a simple drink that can easily be made in the comfort of your own home. Begin with your favorite bourbon and a single cube of sugar. You can either crush the sugar before adding it to the drink or add the sugar to the bourbon. Then, pour in a few drops of Angostura bitters, give it a quick stir and you’re good to go. Most may associate this drink with winter and warm fires, but it goes down just as well during the hot summer days.

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