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Move Over Aperol Spritz — The Best Summer Drinks of 2023

Move Over Aperol Spritz — The Best Summer Drinks of 2023

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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.

The Garden Breeze
The Garden Breeze

The Garden Breeze

The Chedi Andermatt, Switzerland

The Garden Breeze is the first sign of summer in the Alps and this signature summer cocktail was created through The Chedi Andermatt’s new herb garden “The Botanicum” featuring a variety of homegrown herbs.

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The Garden Breeze is the first sign of summer in the Alps and this signature summer cocktail was created through The Chedi Andermatt’s new herb garden “The Botanicum” featuring a variety of homegrown herbs.

  • Author: Elmir Medunjanin, Bar Manager, The Chedi Andermatt

Ingredients

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  • 300ml of Jameson BlackBarrel
  • 10g of fresh picked sage from The Botanicum
  • A dash of Pine Honey
  • 25g of fresh lemon balm
  • 20ml of fresh lime juice
  • 200ml of water
  • 30ml of simply syrup
  • 5g of lecithin

Instructions

  • Steam bath the Jameson BlackBarrel and fresh picked sage at 45 degrees for 3p minutes.
  • Blend the Lemon Balm together with water and simple syrup and lime juice and strain it.

 

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A Day in Provence
A Day in Provence

A Day in Provence

The Stafford London, UK

While the Aperol Spritz is undoubtedly the quintessential classic summer aperitif , “A Day in Provence” with its refreshing and versatile character truly captures the essence of the summer season. As it is not as sweet as the Aperol spritz, it can be enjoyed all day long, and this is what makes it the perfect summer cocktail. – Director of Mixology, Salvatore Megna, The Stafford London.

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While the Aperol Spritz is undoubtedly the quintessential classic summer aperitif , “A Day in Provence” with its refreshing and versatile character truly captures the essence of the summer season. As it is not as sweet as the Aperol spritz, it can be enjoyed all day long, and this is what makes it the perfect summer cocktail. – Director of Mixology, Salvatore Megna, The Stafford London.

  • Author: Director of Mixology, Salvatore Megna, The Stafford London

Ingredients

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  • 35 ml Highclere Castle gin
  • 15 ml Lillet Rose’
  • 5 ml Crème de Peach Liqueur
  • 70 ml Rose’ wine infuse with Zalotti
  • 200 ml Rose’ wine
  • 2 Zalotti
  • 1 gr citric acid
  • 1 gr tartaric acid
  • 25 ml Crème De Peach
  • 20 gr sugar

Instructions

  • Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass, and stir for 10 seconds
  • Strain in to the bottle and use soda stream to carbonate
  • Pour into a flute glass

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Romeo'n Fizz
Romeo’n Fizz

Romeo’n Fizz

ROMEO Hotel, Italy

Romeo’n Fizz combines several sweet & sour ingredients and boasts a lower alcohol content, making it more refreshing on a hot Summer’s day.

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Romeo’n Fizz combines several sweet & sour ingredients and boasts a lower alcohol content, making it more refreshing on a hot Summer’s day.

  • Author: Bar Manager, Giorgio Montella, ROMEO Hotel

Ingredients

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  • 35 ml St Germain
  • 25 ml Martini Bitter
  • 1 Passion Fruit
  • Club soda for topping

Instructions

  • Using a cocktail shaker, combine 35 ml St Germain, 25 ml Martini Bitter, juice of 1 Passion Fruit.
  • Strain into a glass
  • Top off with Club soda.

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The Sunflower
The Sunflower

The Sunflower

Jamaica Inn, Jamaica

This cocktail quite frankly rivals the Aperol spritz because of its fruity nature. The lush taste of mango pops when blended with the champagne or sparkling wine putting you in a tropical bliss. – Jason Todd, Bartender and Bars Acting Supervisor at The Jamaica Inn.

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The Sunflower

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This cocktail quite frankly rivals the Aperol spritz because of its fruity nature. The lush taste of mango pops when blended with the champagne or sparkling wine putting you in a tropical bliss. – Jason Todd, Bartender and Bars Acting Supervisor at The Jamaica Inn.

  • Author: Jason Todd, Bartender and Bars Acting Supervisor at The Jamaica Inn

Ingredients

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  • 1/2 oz fresh mango juice
  • 1/4 peach schnapps
  • 1/4 freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Topped with sparkling wine or champagne and or seltzer water
  • Garnish with a pineapple slice

Instructions

  • Add the peach schnapps, mango juice and lime juice to a shaker.
  • Shake, strain, and top with champagne and garnish with a pineapple slice.

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The Vesper Martini
The Vesper Martini

Vesper Martini

The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort

Guests can enjoy one of the signature movie locales for the 2006 remake of Casino Royale, Daniel Craig’s first film in the role of 007. Cozy on up to the bar and order Bond’s favorite drink—a Vesper martini (shaken, not stirred)—from longtime Ocean Club bartender Keith Cash who watched Daniel’s martini scene unfold and has been recreating the drink ever since for guests living their best Bond life while on Paradise Island.

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Guests can enjoy one of the signature movie locales for the 2006 remake of Casino Royale, Daniel Craig’s first film in the role of 007. Cozy on up to the bar and order Bond’s favorite drink—a Vesper martini (shaken, not stirred)—from longtime Ocean Club bartender Keith Cash who watched Daniel’s martini scene unfold and has been recreating the drink ever since for guests living their best Bond life while on Paradise Island.

  • Author: Keith Cash, Bartender, The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort

Ingredients

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  • 1 oz Stoli Vodka
  • 3 oz Gordon’s Gin
  • ¼ oz Lillet Blanc
  • Garnish: Lemon Twist

Instructions

  • Add the gin, vodka and Lillet blanc into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  • Shake vigorously for 20–30 seconds, until ice cold.
  • Strain into a glass and enjoy

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Summer in Dominicana
Summer in Dominicana

Summer in Dominicana

Eden Roc Cap Cana, Dominican Republic

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.

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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.

  • Author: Ezequiel Huerta, Bar Manager, Eden Roc Cap Cana, Punta Cana, DR

Ingredients

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  • Pineapple, cut in chunks or slices (need 2 slices per cocktail)
  • 1/8 tsp Honey
  • 8 leaves of Basil
  • 4.5 oz Sparkling Wine

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

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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Endless Summer
Endless Summer

The Endless Summer

The Surfrider, California

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Inspired by the Malibu landscape and rich heritage of California surf culture, The Surfrider’s house signature drink, ‘The Endless Summer’ is named after Bruce Brown’s cult sixties surfing film and captures the spirit of Malibu in a glass. The refreshing coconut margarita is an elevated twist on the classic summer favorite, garnished with coconut flakes and a salted rim. Freshly served year-round on the Roof Deck, the tasty coconut flavor is reminiscent of summer days by the water — making it the perfect summertime cocktail.

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Inspired by the Malibu landscape and rich heritage of California surf culture, The Surfrider’s house signature drink, ‘The Endless Summer’ is named after Bruce Brown’s cult sixties surfing film and captures the spirit of Malibu in a glass. The refreshing coconut margarita is an elevated twist on the classic summer favorite, garnished with coconut flakes and a salted rim. Freshly served year-round on the Roof Deck, the tasty coconut flavor is reminiscent of summer days by the water — making it the perfect summertime cocktail.

  • Author: The Surfrider, Arielle Morton, Assistant House Manager

Ingredients

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  • 2 oz Los Sundays Coconut Tequila
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 1 oz agave
  • Garnish: coconut flakes, salted rocks glass

Instructions

  • Mix the ingredients, shake over ice and strain in glass.

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Spa Water
Spa Water

Spa Water

Stake Chophouse and Bar, California

This is a version of the water that you would get at a Spa but made into a cocktail. Every ingredient comes together to create a symphony of summertime flavors. It is beyond refreshing with not as much sugar as an Aperol Spritz.

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This is a version of the water that you would get at a Spa but made into a cocktail.  Every ingredient comes together to create a symphony of summertime flavors. It is beyond refreshing with not as much sugar as an Aperol Spritz.

  • Author: Stake Chophouse & Bar, Kris Rizzato, General Manager & Bar Director

Ingredients

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Spa Water Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Platinum 7x Vodka
  • 0.5 oz Pamplemousse Rose Liquer
  • 1 oz Lime
  • 0.5 oz Cucumber Syrup
  • Splash of Fever Tree Tonic Water.
  • Garnish: Orchid, Cucumber Wheel, Mint Sprig

Cucumber Syrup Ingredients 

  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • Half Of An English Cucumber
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

Cucumber Syrup Instructions

  • Cut a cucumber in half and peel one half. Put the other unpeeled half in the refrigerator, this can be used as cocktail garnishes.
  • Cut the peeled half into ½ inch segments. Set aside.
  • Add sugar, pinch of salt, and water to a small saucepan and stir on medium heat until the sugar has fully dissolved.
  • Add cucumber slices, reduce heat to low, and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let sit for 10 minutes to continue to soak.
  • Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a glass jar or bottle to remove cucumber.
  • Store in the refrigerator for about a week.

Spa Water Instructions

  • Mix the ingredients using a shaker and strain into preferred glass.
  • Garnish: Orchid, Cucumber Wheel or Mint Sprig

Notes

  • Note: You can press the cucumbers while straining for extra cucumber flavour but this may result in your syrup becoming cloudy.

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Watermelon Mezcalita
Watermelon Mezcalita

Watermelon Mezcalita

Ría at The Ritz-Carlton Naples, Tiburón

This Mezcalita is sweet and slightly smokey with a kick of spice. It’s a fun mezcal cocktail made with fresh watermelon juice and a salty, citrus, and mildly spicy rim. It’s also an the ideal way to stay cool in Naples, Tiburón, Florida.

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This Mezcalita is sweet and slightly smokey with a kick of spice. It’s a fun mezcal cocktail made with fresh watermelon juice and a salty, citrus, and mildly spicy rim. It’s also an the ideal way to stay cool in Naples, Florida.

  • Author: Ría at The Ritz-Carlton Naples

Ingredients

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  • 1oz Del MAguey Vida Mezcal
  • .50 oz Patron Silver Tequila
  • .50oz Cointreau
  • .75oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1.25oz Fresh Watermelon Juice
  • Garnish with Watermelon Triangle and Tajin

Instructions

  • Add all the ingredients in a shaker.
  • Shake vigorously for 10 seconds.
  • Pour over ice and garnish with a Watermelon Triangle with Tajin.

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Lake Velvet
Lake Velvet

Lake Velvet

Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Italy

Inspired by fragrances of the lake, the “Lake Velvet” is a unique combination of a premium small-batch dry gin distilled from certified organic wheat, lemon juice and other refreshing ingredients. It is the ultimate summer cocktail for sipping poolside or to enjoy a perfect sunset on Lake Como!

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Inspired by fragrances of the lake, the “Lake Velvet” is a unique combination of a premium small-batch dry gin distilled from certified organic wheat, lemon juice and other refreshing ingredients. It is the ultimate summer cocktail for sipping poolside or to enjoy a perfect sunset on Lake Como!

  • Author: Grand Hotel Tremezzo , Matteo Cipolla, Mixologist at T Bar

Ingredients

Scale
  • GHT Gin: 50ml
  • 20 ml Lemon Juice Fresh
  • 20 ml Sage Syrup
  • 30 ml Egg white
  • 6/8 Fresh blueberries
  • 1 Sage leaf

Instructions

  • Pour the ingredients into the shaker except the egg white.
  • Add blueberries and muddle them with muddler.
  • Then add egg white.
  • Shake vigorously and apply the double strain technique.
  • Pour in a cocktail cup.
  • Decorate with a leaf of sage and blueberries.

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