Summer Drinks: Cool Off With A Cold One

Whether you’re imbibing with a local craft beer, homemade strawberry lemonade, or kicking back with a mint julep at your favorite upscale bar, summertime calls for cold drinks. Getting a frosty beverage isn’t just a way to quench your thirst- it’s a real treat when temperatures start to soar. Here are a few favorites from some friends of Slow Southern Style, both with and without alcohol. Leave your own favorite cold ones below in the comments too!  

Wine at Martinique Bistro– New Orleans, LA

LVF: Lately the most refreshing drink I’ve been ordering up has been pretty simple, but not necessarily available everywhere in town (think “mixologists” instead of dive bars…). It relies on Domaine de Canton’s Ginger Liquer, on (minimal) rocks with a splash of soda and lime juice. Refreshing, tropical, with just a hint of spice- just we like it in the South. Ladies, it’s clear and deliciously light for even those with a hummingbird’s tolerance; gentlemen, what a better way to showcase your fine spirits connoisseurship, and since it’s distilled from ginger, who knows, you *may* be reaping some health benefits too. 

Vintage Angeline not a cocktail but I LOVE that skinny water. Lemon, mint and ginger in water. Fix 1 pitcher a day sometimes and keep in fridge.

Christy: Cold brew coffee! If you have a french press coffee pot, it’s as easy as grinding beans. Instead of using hot water, use cold to lukewarm and let sit for 8-12 hours. In the morning you’ll have a strong cup of joe that’s perfect over ice.

@fashion_teaStrawberry lemonade with vodka… Mmm.

Ash in FashionPlum Street Snowballs! (Preferably of the boozy variety.)

Kelli GrengsMarkham Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc! Because Markham loves Freret Street!

Roll and Tumble Press: White Sangria- pineapple, peaches, cantaloupe soaked in 2 cups of Cointreau. Top with a bottle of crisp white wine. I used Sauvignon Blanc, two cups club soda and a package of fresh mint. Serve in glassses with ice! So good and potent!

Jean-Paul Villere:  duh – cheap tequila and oj, juuusssstttt so

Amy Bauer Gabriel :  Homemade Ginger Limeade at Cafe Rose Nicaud. SO good–spiked or not spiked:)

Milky Way & Caramel Martinis at Lulu’s Chocolate Bar- Savannah, GA

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