Need some boozy inspiration on your summer reading list?
The best cocktail books of the summer.
Right up there with swimming in the ocean and grilling outside, one of our favorite summer activities is sitting in the shade enjoying a cold drink and a good book. So before you head to the beach, buy of these spirited volumes.
AN ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO COCKTAILS: 50 CLASSIC COCKTAIL RECIPES, TIPS, AND TALES ($20) BY ORR SHTUHL:
Visiting a friend’s vacation house? An Illustrated Guide to Cocktails (pictured above) makes a great host gift. It’s full of dozens of delicious tipples and charming illustrations from Elizabeth Graeber.
THE AUDACITY OF HOPS: THE HISTORY OF AMERICA’S CRAFT BEER REVOLUTION ($20) BY TOM ACITELLI:
Journalist Tom Acitelli chronicles the rise of craft beer in America by profiling the movement’s entrepreneurs and pioneers, starting with Fritz Maytag and his 1965 takeover of San Francisco institution Anchor Brewing.
THE NEGRONI: A GAZ REGAN NOTION ($15) BY GARY REGAN:
If you love a chilled, bracing Negroni on a hot day, then you’ll like Liquor advisory board member Gary Regan’s latest work. It includes essays from a number of well-known writers as well as plenty of variations on the concoction’s traditional recipe.
KENTUCKY BOURBON WHISKEY: AN AMERICAN HERITAGE ($25) BY MICHAEL VEACH:
Pair your favorite dram of American whiskey with historian Michael Veach’s tome, which explores the roots of the famed liquor. He dispels a number of common myths and tries to sort fact from fiction.
TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD: COCKTAILS WITH A LITERARY TWIST ($15) BY TIM FEDERLE:
This entertaining small book uniquely combines reading and mixology. Author Tim Federle has matched pieces of literature with their own elixirs, from the Gin Eyre to the Are You There God? It’s Me, Margarita. It’s exactly the type of light and punny fare that’s perfect for the beach.
This story was originally published at Beach Reads: 2013.
30 Best Beach Books to Read This Summer
Escape this season by adding these light-hearted books to your summer reading list.
When the days grow longer and the weather grows warmer, there's one word that perfectly encapsulates the sentiment of the oh-so beloved season of summer: relaxation. And while there are a slew of family-friendly summer activities and summer cocktails that would no doubt help anyone relax, you would be hard pressed to find something more relaxing than cracking open the perfect beach book to read this summer. The sound of the waves hitting a sandy beach + a warm breeze + a nice cocktail + an interesting book = perfection.
Of course, the perfect beach book can be found in any literary genre. Whether you're a fan of chilling thrillers, romantic novels, hilarious memoirs, or thought-provoking essay collections, there is something on this list that is sure to please any book-lover. And of course, every book here (or the entire list!) would make a great addition to any book club or summer book reading list.
So whether you're planning a stateside family road trip to the nearest beach or you're heading off on a post-vaccination vacation to a tropical beach with clear-blue water, make sure to pack any one (or all) of these perfect summer reading books. Your time on the beach will be made better for it.
After Leda and her crush Ian flirt all night at a Halloween party, things seem as if they're looking up for Leda. That's until she wakes up the next morning in his bed unsure of what happened between the two of them the night before. In addition, Charlotte &mdash Leda's classmate who she briefly spoke to at the party &mdash is now missing.
Delivering a suspenseful plot and a necessary conversation around sex, consent, and power, this thrilling debut novel by Anna Caritj is one you won't want to put down.
This legal suspense novel by Georgia politician and voting rights activist Stacey Abrams follows a brilliant young law clerk by the name of Avery Keene as she steps into her unsuspected new role as the legal guardian of a Supreme Court Justice who has fallen into a coma. As she's plunged into this new reality, Avery begins uncovering a carefully constructed sequence of clues left behind by her boss and realizes that this controversial case just might put her directly in harm's way.
When a young New York lawyer named Ethan discovers that his father has a secret second family living in Queens &mdash a Thai wife and two sons &mdash things fall apart quick. Caught in a love triangle of his own, Ethan discovers that the interwoven fates of the two families will lead to surprise loyalties, reveal inner strength, and displays just how we can all forge our own forms of joy.
Tea, cake, books, and. murder? That's exactly what you're going to get in this Agatha Christie-style murder mystery novel. Following the lives of nine seemingly ordinary women who come together to share their love of books, readers will quickly discover that everything is not as perfect as it seems between the so-called friends. And when one of the women ends up dead, all signs point right back to the members of the book club. Filled with twists, turns, and plenty of unsuspecting moments, this Whodunnit novel will suck you in from the first page.
After recently divorced therapist Tallie Clark saves a young man named Emmett's life on rainy October night, the result is an unexpected friendship. As Tallie works to provide a safe space for Emmett during their emotionally charged weekend together, she soon discovers that she, too, needs healing and that they are both carrying a heavy load of secrets. Telling an uplifting story of chance encounters through the perspectives of both Tallie and Emmet, this page-turner will take you on a journey of intimacy, heartbreak, and healing.
In this candid reflective novel, activist Frederick Joseph tackles a list of race-related anecdotes that he &mdash along with many other Black people &mdash have faced in society. Writing from the perspective of being "the Black friend," Joseph's look into white privilege, overt racism, and the negative impacts they bring about in the lives of Black children-turned-adults is the read that everyone needs.
This heartbreaking and heart-racing novel in verse by Tami Charles tells the story of 17-year-old Denver &mdash a Haitian-American girl longing to escape her small town. After Denver and her two best friends Dali and Shak grab the attention of a big time R&B star with their melodic voices, their lives transform into everything they've wanted overnight. What they don't realize, however, is that everything is not all it seems to be in the music industry. Inspired by true events, Muted reveals both the exploitation of girls in the industry and what it takes to grab ahold of your dreams.
Looking to become the mother she never had to her newborn Violet, Blythe Connor soon begins to think that something may be wrong with her baby. As her husband Fox tells her it's all in her head, Blythe starts to question her own sanity and makes readers question if everything else she tells them about her life is reality or all in her imagination. A chilling and tense psychological drama about family, The Push will challenge all the things you thought you knew about motherhood.
When Abby takes a DNA test to try to push her best friend (and secret love interest) Leo into looking into his familial history, she's shocked to find out she has a sister that she didn't know existed. And, to make matters worse, her slightly older sister turns out to be Instagram star Savannah Tully. As she devises a plan to meet up with her rigid rule-following, completely opposite-than-her sibling, Abby learns just how the hardest things in life can produce some of the best results.
Serving as the follow-up to the bestselling novel The Hate U Give, Concrete Rose delivers a poignant exploration of what it means to be a Black boy forced to grow up quick. Taking place 17 years before the events of its predecessor novel, Concrete Rose follows Maverick Carter and his journey into becoming a father, escaping the streets, and finishing school &mdash all while still being a child himself .
When people start calling Pamela Druckerman &mdash an American living in Paris &mdash madame, she's forced to confront how the age she feels inside differs from the way people see her. Part memoir, part instruction guide, this well-researched book will keep you laughing and pondering what it really means to grow older.
In this fast, witty read, Olive is asked to take her newlywed sister&rsquos place on her non-refundable honeymoon after she and her husband get food poisoning at their wedding. While a free trip to Hawaii sounds great, there's just one problem: her plus one is her detestable new brother-in-law, Ethan.
Erin and Mark couldn&rsquot be happier when they set off to Bora Bora for their honeymoon. Things quickly change, however, when they spot something suspicious &mdash and immediately life-changing &mdash in the crystal-blue ocean. Follow along in this captivating psychological thriller as the newlyweds must decide if they keep their discovery a secret or speak out and risk it all.
One of the best-reviewed books of the summer, Fleishman is in Trouble does not disappoint. Dropping the reader into the life of recently divorced doctor Toby Fleishman, the novel follows the series of unfortunate events that erupt immediately after. When his ex-wife goes missing, Toby is forced to unravel his own internal monologue about how he's lived his life.
Nina Browning is living the good life raising her children amongst Nashville's elite, while Tom Volpe is a single dad who works multiple jobs to provide for his daughter. When a photo is taken during a drunken moment at a party, their lives become unexpectedly intertwined and both are left questioning the relationships closest to them.
Every year, the Levin family retreats to Nantucket, in 1969, things are a little different. Blair is too pregnant to travel, Kirby takes a gig on Martha&rsquos Vineyard, and Tiger&rsquos deployed to Vietnam. That just leaves 13-year-old Jessie alone with her grandmother and mother &mdash both distracted by their own secrets. Travel back in time to the year man walked on the moon, Ted Kennedy crashed his car, and everything changed both within the Levins&rsquo insular world and our nation&rsquos history.
After two earthquakes strike San Francisco within an hour of one another, the fate of a group of survivors &mdash Max, Vashti, and Gene &mdash become intertwined in ways that couldn't have imagined. As Max and Vashti face the truth about their past together and Gene frantically embarks on his way back home, what results is a beautiful story about the enduring strength of love.
In an effort to grapple with the separation of her parents, 12-year-old Alice makes the decision to camp out in the back yard until her father decides to come back home. In an effort to keep one part of her summer normal, Alice packs her days with swimming, babysitting the next door neighbor, and an odd new friend named Harriet.
Historical fiction at its best, this novel lays out the rivalry between two great artists and brings them to life in Florence in the 16th century. Their feud runs deep as Leonardo is at the peak of his career (but has lost the commission for The David) and Michaelangelo is desperately trying to establish himself as a great artist while struggling to sculpt The David.
In the TV show Younger, Sutton Foster plays a book editor in New York City who signs a novel by her boss's estranged wife. In real life mimicking fiction, the book actually exists. It's about a woman who takes a trip away from her husband and kids to remember who she is outside of her roles as wife and mother. It's steamy, smart, and just the right amount of suck-you-in fantasy.
When 17-year-old Charle was sent off to the elite boarding school her wealthy father attended, she didn't imagine being recruited for the school's secret society. But before she can become a member of the A's, she must first play The Game &mdash a scavenger hunt that begins to uncover ugly truths about her own family and her mother's disappearance years earlier.
In order to afford her beloved Hamptons home, Ruthie Beamish's family moves out each summer so that it can be rented. But this year's rich celebrity tenant wants to take over more than just her house &mdash she's moving in on Ruthie's ex-husband, her daughter's affections, and even the museum where she's head curator.
When Charlotte&rsquos beauty queen twin sister suffers from an allergic reaction that leaves her face unrecognizable the night before the preliminaries of a pageant, she asks Charlotte to take her place. Though it&rsquos the last thing she wants to do, Charlotte agrees: after all, this is her sister&rsquos last chance to follow in their late mother&rsquos footsteps.
In minutes, Margaret Jacobsen&rsquos life changes twice. First, when her dreamy amateur pilot boyfriend proposes mid-air, and again when the plane crashes, leaving Margaret permanently injured. Her fiancé is unable to cope, her big new job offer is rescinded, and she is forced to depend on her family. Though aren't as she initially imagine, Margaret learns to heal with grace, humor, and even finds romance.
Cat Carmichael is the owner of a thriving naughty bakeshop &mdash who hasn't been intimate with her boyfriend in almost two years thanks to a muscular condition called vaginismus. Determined to find a cure before their next anniversary, life gets more than a little awkward when the shop's cutest customer offers to be her physical therapist.
When Georgia returns from Los Angeles to her family's small Sonoma, CA, vineyard in a mud-covered wedding dress, things are not what they seem. The ceremony is still five days away, but big secrets about her fiancé and her family are surfacing &mdash and, as a result, Georgia's marriage plans are unraveling.
Controversy surrounds a London neighborhood after a young girl finds her 13-year-old sister, Grace, unconscious and hidden in a remote corner of a communal garden. As an investigations goes underway, he entire community denies any part in the act. Ultimately though, all of the secrets of the community are revealed and betrayals that lie beneath the neighborhood's picturesque exteriors begin to come to surface
Emilia Brown is an elderly widow who was never one for frivolity, but when she spots a beautiful Oscar de la Renta dress while helping inventory an estate, she is entranced &mdash she must own it. Motivated by a moving secret, she embarks on a journey to raise enough money to travel to New York City and purchase the dress of her dreams.
When a young girl named Frances flees to an isolated artist's colony in Norway, she finds a friend in Yasha &mdash who is there to bury his father. As a result of the budding new friendship, the Viking museum near the top of the world proves an unusual setting for an even more unusual romance. Ultimately, this funny and deftly written novel reflects on how running away and coming home can be one in the same.
Madeline Hyde thought she lived a comfortable life with her handsome, well-to-do husband. But when he suddenly drags her to Scotland in search of the Loch Ness monster, Maddie is forced to rethink her way of life and the people in it.
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Beach Water Cocktail
I like simple when it comes to my drinks. For that reason, this drink and all the others I make are very easy to do. Who has time for shakers and simple syrups?
In other words, I’m lazy. Ha!
What you’ll need to make this drink:
- Parrot Bay Coconut Rum.“Sweet, delicate and creamy taste of fresh coconut with a background of citrus and tropical fruit balanced with notes of molasses.”
- UV Blue Raspberry Vodka.“Naturally flavored with vine-ripened raspberries.”
- Sprite. Or any lemon-lime soda like 7UP or Sierra Mist. Mountain Dew might be a good choice, too!
First, grab your ingredients. Second, stir them up and add some ice. See? I told you it was easy.
You can make this by the glass (that’s what I did here) or make a big batch for punch. If you make this as a punch, I’d leave out the ice and add it in by the glass otherwise it will start to get watered down. No one wants a watered down cocktail.
Coconut Rum is one of my favorite things to make a cocktail with because the the coconut flavor is tasty but not too strong. A nice cool drink on a summer day is so refreshing, but I don’t want the alcohol to be overpowering.
Blue raspberry vodka gives a great sweet flavor and provides the fun blue color as well. Doesn’t it totally look like the ocean?
Honestly, I can’t wait for Summer to get here. This drink will definitely be one we will make over and over again. Enjoy! (Scroll down to Pin this for later.)
Celebrate National Bourbon Day With These 9 Cocktail Recipes (Video)
National Bourbon Day is just around the corner on June 14, and what better way to celebrate the American whiskey than by mixing up a few bourbon cocktails? When it comes to bourbon cocktails, your mind might immediately jump to mint juleps and the Kentucky Derby, but this spirit is surprisingly versatile, perfect for a wide range of concoctions ideal for the warmer weather. Ninety-five percent of the world’s bourbon comes from Kentucky, where there are over nine million barrels of bourbon aging — that equates to about two barrels for every person living in the state. You might not be able to tour every famous distillery along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail this year (many distilleries temporarily closed to guests amid the COVID-19 pandemic), but you can become your own bartender and mix up some summery drinks or create a DIY bourbon tasting at home.
Here are nine easy bourbon cocktail recipes from Woodford Reserve, Longbranch, and other popular bourbon brands that you can craft this weekend and beyond. Consider this your virtual trip to the Bluegrass State.
Holiday Cocktails Recipes Using 1800 Reposado Tequila
You may not necessarily think of tequila when it comes to the holiday season, but with a quality spirit like 1800 Reposado, it will sure put you in the holiday spirit.
This tequila isn’t for slamming as if you’re on Spring Break. Rather, it is to be sipped and tasted in well-make drinks.
So with that in mind, here are a pair of holiday cocktail recipes using 1800 Reposado tequila.
You may be asking “do they taste as good as they look in the photos?” There’s only one way to find out, of course, and that is to make them and to drink them.
Enjoy these drinks and Feliz Navidad!
1800 Agave Manhattan
• 1 dash of Angostura Bitters
Add ingredients to a mixing glass. Stir with ice. Strain into a chilled Nick and Nora glass. Garnish with “maple leaf” orange twist and star anise.
This Autumn Cider works well into the winter and holiday seasons.
1800 Autumn Cider
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Shake with ice. Strain into a highball glass over crushed ice. Garnish with a dried apple slice, cinnamon stick and dusting of cinnamon.
26 Best Summer Cocktails to Cool Off With
Whether you're lounging by your inflatable pool thumbing through a quality beach read, binging the best summer movies in the comfort of your air conditioning, or mingling at your backyard cookout, a cool summer cocktail is always a welcome addition.
And there's no shortage of options, even if you're working with a limited bar. Thanks to an abundance of fresh fruit during the warmer months, it's easy to make something supremely delicious out of just a few ingredients, like strawberries, orange juice, and vodka. And if you prefer tequila? Try a grapefruit-forward Paloma or a watermelon margarita. If you care to really level-up, it doesn't get more refreshing than Oprah's boozy popsicle recipe. Of course, you can always lean on the classics, too&mdashthink rum punch, an Aperol spritz, or sangria fit for a crowd.
Getting thirsty? Let these recipes for light summer cocktails inspire your next foray as a bartender or Fourth of July party planning.
The Botanist Pomegranate Martini
Cocktail of the Week: This recipe is a sweet yet tangy take on the classic martini.
By Samantha Coles | May 21 2021
This week’s cocktail recipe, The Botanist Pomegranate Martini, uses a dry gin from the remote island of Islay in Scotland.
The exact origins of the beloved martini are hard to pin down. A bartender named Jerry Thomas is said to have invented a drink for a miner who had recently come into good fortune during the gold rush. The miner wanted to celebrate with champagne, naturally. But, as no champagne was available, Thomas created the drink with the ingredients he had — in exchange for a gold nugget. Some think that the recipe was actually created at the Knickerbocker Hotel in New York others think that the martini originated in San Francisco.
One thing that is for certain, though, is that the martini is a beloved cocktail. With many, many iterations, the warmer months are the ideal time to add a fresh, seasonal twist on the old classic.
This recipe uses The Botanist Islay Dry Gin, a dry gin from the remote Scottish island. Islay is the southernmost of the Inner Hebrides islands off the west coast of Scotland. Between March and October, a professional forager scours the land to collect botanicals including berries, barks, seeds and peels. The gin is created using 22 of these sustainably sourced, hand-foraged botanicals. These botanicals are then used in a slower-than-slow distillation.
The Botanist Pomegranate Martini uses fresh pomegranate a tangy counterpart to the subtly sweet notes of the gin.
- 2.5 oz The Botanist Islay Dry Gin
- 1 heaping tablespoon fresh pomegranate arils
- 0.5 oz dry vermouth
Muddle pomegranate arils with gin and allow to steep for 1-2 hours. Add the infused gin and vermouth to a mixing glass with ice and stir to chill. Fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme.
What Could Make Your Sex on the Beach Cocktail Even Better? Turning It Into a Slushy
I don't know about you, but I firmly believe that every cocktail is better when it's a slushy. (OK, maybe not every one, but all my favorites.) Case in point: this sex on the beach slushy. It's got everything you expect in a sex on the beach cocktail, but by using frozen fruit and some ice, it becomes a refreshing slushy instead of just a standard cocktail. It's perfect for backyard lounging, sitting by the pool, or if you're me, relaxing on a fire escape in the middle of New York because it's the only outside space you have.
This recipe is incredibly easy to put together. After you put your cranberry juice in your glass, you just throw the rest of the ingredients into a blender and blend. That's truly it. You can garnish your drink with orange slices, maraschino cherries, or any other fruit that makes you happy, or you can just leave it bare and chug it accordingly. Either way is perfect. You can also switch up your liquors if you want — I tried it with peach vodka for an extra kick of peach, and it was absolutely delicious!
10 Three-Ingredient Cocktail Recipes You Need To Try This Summer
Nothing is more refreshing on a hot summer day than a tall glass of delicious cocktail. So, beat the heat in style with these three-ingredient summer sips you can make in a jiffy:
1. Cucumber Lime Margarita
This skinny no-hangover cocktail makes for a picture-perfect boozy treat that you can enjoy by the pool. Plus, it's sugar-free and contains no more than 135 calories. Get the recipe here.
2. Watermelon Margarita
A Pinterest-worthy drink that tastes as good as it looks! What you need? Tequila, blended watermelon and some lime juice. Next, line the glasses with lime and sea salt and you're done! No added sweeteners required. Here's the full recipe.
3. Ginger Pear Cocktail
The three ingredients used in this easy-peasy cocktail recipe are pear juice, vodka and ginger ale. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and the drink is ready for porch sipping. Get the full recipe here.
4. Cranberry Orange Mimosa Bellini
Made with orange juice, cranberry juice and sparkling wine (preferably Champagne), this delectable drink can be a huge hit at any cocktail party. Garnish with lime wheels and antioxidant-rich cranberries. Get the recipe here.
5. The Honey Bee's Knees
This delightful cocktail made with honey cinnamon whiskey, honey vodka and sparkling soda will easily become your favorite poolside drink. For garnishing, add a slice of apple and a dash of cinnamon. Check out the complete recipe here.
6. Cherry Amaretto Limeade
A refreshing dessert cocktail that combines the sweetness of cherries and the tart flavor of lime. If you can't get your hands on amaretto, use pomegranate juice or cherry juice as a substitute. Here's the full recipe. Meanwhile, if you love all things cherry, you might also want to try this bright and sweet Cherry Lime Bourbon Smash recipe.
7. Raspberry Sorbet Bellini
A light summer sip that can easily be a huge hit at any brunch party. The recipe uses Pink Moscato, but you can swap it with Champagne or Prosecco to make this pink and pretty drink. Get the recipe here.
8. Strawberry Lime Champagne
Made with lime, champagne and juicy strawberries, this refreshing concoction tastes like summertime in a glass! Here's the full recipe. And if you're a fan of champagne cocktails, you're going to love this citrusy Lemon Raspberry Champagne Float recipe.
9. Margarita Beer Shandy
What do you get when you mix limeade, beer and tequila? Your new favorite shandy cocktail! This well-rounded drink blends the bold and zesty flavors of tequila and lime with the buttery goodness of light beer. Use lime wheels or fresh basil sprigs for garnishing. Get the recipe here.
10. Spicy Watermelon Kombucha-rita
Mix watermelon kombucha, sliced jalapeños and tequila in a glass to prepare this spicy cocktail that will quench your thirst in an instant. Salt rim is optional. You can also throw in some crushed watermelon for added flavor. Get the full recipe here.
And if you're looking for non-boozy options to cool off, check out these delish (and totally healthy) mocktail recipes you can enjoy sans guilt throughout summer!
I’ve been a digital journalist and writer for the past four years, primarily covering the world of lifestyle and wellness. After completing my postgraduation in
I’ve been a digital journalist and writer for the past four years, primarily covering the world of lifestyle and wellness. After completing my postgraduation in International Journalism, I worked as a Features Writer at Cosmopolitan India where I wrote extensively on pop culture, beauty and everything lifestyle. I've also contributed to The News Hub, Business for People and Planet and OneWorld South Asia, among other publications. Other than that, I'm an avid reader and enjoyer of quality procedurals. When not penning articles or chasing deadlines, I like to bake, dabble in poetry, make DIY craft projects and coddle my tripod cat.
It’s hot. You’re thirsty. And it’s time to relax.
While the easy way out during summer’s thick, halcyon days may be a frosty craftr or crisp rosé, it’s also time to switch it up to something stronger, something tastier, andਏor when you have guests over, something more impressive. For that, we’ve turned to the experts: bartenders and bar owners, cocktail critics and cookbook authors, and our own resident mixologist to create the perfect cocktail for every summer situation.
None of the following drink recipes require specialized tools or esoteric ingredients.ਊnd they’re all easily prepared by even the most novice of bartenders.
They’ll cool you off on a sun-splashed beach or help you toast sunsets from a roof. They’ll spice up the big game, make relaxing in the park a cinch, and level up picnics and backyard cookouts to the enjoyment (and envy) of your neighbors. Read on to find the best punch for a crowd, a complex nip to share from a flask, and a solid sipper enjoyed solo with a book.
And if you find a recipe that does doubleuty?heers to you. It’s summer, after all. We’re not going to get too strict about things now.