Record-breaking temperatures have swept the already sultry shores of Europe, bringing languid moods to the French Riviera that would make Fitzgerald proud. Still, there’s no better excuse for donning your finest luxury beachwear and hitting the chicest clubs for cool swimming pool dips and cocktails beneath billowing white cabanas. To keep everyone fresh and cool; we have picked the best summer drinks that won’t leave you stumbling into fall.
Since the first world war, the Soixante Quinze has been keeping the elite cool. Shaken into existence in 1915 at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, this heady concoction blends elegance with debauchery. It’s light enough to enjoy in the height of the afternoon, and as it comes served in chilled champagne flutes, she is one of the best summer drinks to keep you cool. This cocktail has been a historical piece de resistance for decades and even featured in Hollywood’s golden era – Casablanca.
1 tablespoon lemon
1 tablespoon sugar syrup
Add the lemon, sugar syrup, gin and ice to a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice. Shake well and strain into a flute, topping up with plenty of champagne and garnishing with a zesty strip of lemon.
Summers in the Riviera are all about ice-cold rose wines served with bright and zesty salads, mezze bites, and melt in the mouth sushi. Skip those Provencal players and head straight for the gold. The Krug Rose 21st edition is a beatific blend of 57 wines all plucked between 2000-2008. Floral notes, honeyed fruits, and ballet dancer light bubbles make this the dreamiest summer drink – especially when paired with chocolate like foie gras.
Summer in a jar; this cocktail collects the elements of English tennis matches, notes from the Amalfi Coast, and sweet tinctures from America’s sweetheart south and muddles them all into one amazing glass, making her our favorite summer drink of the season.
1 lb fresh strawberries
2 cups sugar
1 cup bourbon
1 cup ice water
½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 oz bitters
A handful of basil leaves and sprigs
Blend strawberries with a third of the ice water in a blender until it makes a puree. Add to a saucepan on medium heat with the rest of the water until it starts to boil. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Remove from the heat and cool before straining. Let the syrup chill in the fridge for at least an hour. Afterward, combine bourbon, water, syrup, and bitters before straining and pouring over ice. For that finishing touch – basil sprigs.
For those days when you want something ice-cold and refreshing to sip around the pool, look no further than the quaintly named Wild Beer Company. The craft beer connoisseurs have recently released their Sleeping Lemons batch, a beautiful sour gose that calls on the exotic flavors of lemon, coriander, and salt. It’s tart, tantalizing, and will have you puckering your lips in delight – it also goes great with fish fresh from the bay.
For the best summer drink that sommeliers would be proud of, turn to the floral delicacy of this first-class cru from Domain Leflaive. Folatieres is as floaty and French as its name suggests. Bee pollen, pears, lemon, and magical mineral notes come together to create something resplendent, layered and long – just like the perfect summer day. Whether stretched out on an Ibiza lounger or practicing the art of conversation while Greek island hopping on your yacht, the Domaine is just the right amount of drama.