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Cocktails & Spirits

Summery drinks on the rocks - any suggestions?

damiano | Aug 14, 202007:13 AM     13

So, it's official - we are in a heatwave! I'm talking about Western Europe now. Time for a drink - but nothing fancy, something that is easily put together, preferably containing some ice. What do you make?

So far, I am loving tinto de verano, which is a drink I picked up in Spain. It consists of 50/50 red wine and bitter lemon plus ice. So far this is probably the most refreshing drink I find, using San Pellegrino limonata and just some red wine I have around (I've used pinot noir this summer as well as some Italian Piemontese reds).

Another summery drink I had yesterday actually, is white port with Indian tonic and ice. A bit more substantial than the tinto de verano so I couldn't have more than 3 glasses or so. With substantial I mean not in alcohol but in having a stronger, sweeter taste.

In Spain they also serve beer with lemon soda and it's called a clara. Also a very nice drink, for around say 3-4 PM in the afternoon. Or just a good beer on the rocks.

What am I missing? Any nice suggestions for a summery drink? Do you guys find making an Aperol Spritz too much work on a hot day? Or any cocktail for that matter?

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