Cocktails in the Sun & Pink Summer Sangria

Looking ahead at the weather forecast for week surrounding the 4th of July we have a bit of a heat wave on the way. This brings us to today’s recipe for surviving “Cocktails in the Sun”. Below are some suggestions that will help you survive drinking on a hot day. When cocktailing in the hot sun you need to be very careful.  Alcohol and sun can lead you to a woozy light-headed state and drinking to extremes, potential heat stroke. Here are a few tips to maintain a cool head while drinking Cocktails in the Sun.

  1. First and Foremost Drink Lots of Water When Drinking Alcohol in the Heat! Try to drink two glasses of water to every Cocktail you consume. Not only will you be better at the time for it you will also be better the next day.
  2. Consider light alcohol cocktails like club soda with a few splashes of things like Cassis, Cointreau, Campari, Peach Schnapps, Crème de Violette, Chambord, Amaretto, you get the idea…
  3. Beer seems good on a hot day but tends to dehydrate one, try mixing your malt with lemonade to make a shady. If you are looking to go the long haul with beer, best to stay away from those high alcohol Double IPA’s and stay with the Session Brews.
  4. Make drinks tall with lots of ice to dilute.
  5. When mixings stronger spirits consider using fruit juices over sodas. Fruit juices will hydrate you while the big name soft drinks will tend to dehydrate. Break out the Coconut Water which is great with rum and mega-hydrating!
  6. We don’t want to be spoil sports but on days like today consider cutting back the amount of alcohol in your cocktails and pace yourself. Slow and steady wins the race.
  7. Make sure there is plenty of good food to soak up the drink. While food cannot make a drunk less drunk it does help to slow absorption of alcohol.

Today we are also sharing with you a recipe for a refreshing summer sangria. Making big batches of light summer drinks is a great way to enjoy your own celebrations without being chained to the bar as well as providing your guests with light-alcohol options. Fresh fruit is in abundance and are the inspiration for this Pink Summer Sangria.

Pink Summer Sangria

In a Gallon Sized Pitcher, Punch Bowl or Drink Dispenser add:

  • 2- 750ml Bottles of Chilled Dry Rosé
  • ¼ Cup Brandy
  • 1 Ounce Chambord (or any good raspberry liqueur)
  • 2 Cups Sliced Fresh Strawberries
  • 2 Cups Fresh Raspberries
  • 2 Orange Quartered and Sliced Thin
  • 12 Ounces of Club Soda

Lightly stir all the ingredients into the wine just before service. Top with enough ice to keep cool without over diluting (about ¼ of the volume). Serve in a tall glass with a spoon for the fruit.