5 Summer Cocktails Fit for a New Yorker

Summer in New York is a great time of the year. The weather is warm, the days are longer, and the rooftop bars (and parties) are many. For those hot summer days, here are some delicious drinks every New Yorker should try.

Rum with Iced Hibiscus Tea

This crisp, rum-based drink is perfect for those sweltering days. The hibiscus tea is a new trend that is as thirst quenching as it is tasty. To make it, simply combine these ingredients in a glass with ice and add a pineapple chunk as a garnish.

Ingredients:

2.5 oz. dark rum
4 oz. chilled hibiscus tea
Soda water
Nutmeg
Pineapple

Tequila and Watermelon

What’s more refreshing than watermelon on a hot summer day? The answer, watermelon infused with tequila. Stay cool and satisfied at your next backyard barbecue with this tasty treat. Combine these ingredients in a glass filled with ice, and enjoy.

Ingredients:

2 oz. white rum
4 oz. watermelon puree
Squeeze of lime
A pinch of sea salt
Soda water
Jalapeños

Honey Bee

This sweet cocktail is perfect for an evening out. The tartness of the lemon is balanced out by the sweetness of the honey. Fill a shaker with ice and the following ingredients, shake, and strain into a glass. Add a lemon twist, serve, and enjoy.

Ingredients:

2 oz. white rum
1 oz. lemon juice
½ oz. honey
Lemon twist

Llama Dey Rey

A combination of the traditional sangria and pisco punch popular at the Llama Inn, this drink combines sweet and spice to make everything nice. This drink requires that you mix your own grenadine by mixing equal parts sugar and pomegranate juice in a saucepan over medium heat, waiting until the sugar is dissolved. To make the drink, allow the grenadine to sit with the hibiscus tea and peppercorns for 20 minutes, while the syrup is still hot, before mixing it in with the rest of the ingredients. Garnish with frozen fruit such as blueberries.

Ingredients:

7 1/2 oz. dry red wine
3 1/2 oz. rum
2 1/2 oz. lime juice
3 1/2 oz pineapple juice
3 oz pisco,
1/2 oz. allspice dram
5 oz. homemade grenadine
2 1/2 oz. sugar
2 1/2 oz. pomegranate juice
1 tbs. pink peppercorns
1/4 cup brewed hibiscus tea
Frozen fruit

Fumo Verde

Made famous by the Osteria Morini, this green concoction uses a variety of herbs, fruits, and vegetables to create a fun and savory drink that is as refreshing as it is yummy. This drink requires that you combine all of the ingredients in a shaker with ice and double strain into a smoked salt rimmed glass over large ice cubes.

Ingredients:

1 oz Cucumber juice, pressed with the skin on
1/4 oz Thyme Simple Syrup
1/2 oz Ginger Simple Syrup
3/4 oz Lemon Juice, strained
3/4 oz Blanco Tequila
3/4 oz Vida Mezcal