Cool Cocktails

Cap off a summer day with refreshing and celebratory libations


One doesn’t need much of an excuse for a nice cocktail at the end of the day. However, the August heat, and how to deal with it, might be a good one.  

A tall glass of water – be it still or sparkling – is most likely the healthier choice, so say yes to hydrating first and then go ahead and pour up your favorite libation. It may be as simple as a glass of wine, rosé or prosecco. Or, if you are up for a little mixing, perhaps a margarita, a martini or a (purple) gin and tonic would provide the perfect “ah.”

Once the choice of drink is made, the last thing to consider is the type of glass you choose to drink it from. A pretty glass can make all the difference. The feel of the slim stem of a wine glass, the celebratory look of a champagne flute or the way the light is caught through a crystal highball are all ways that can add to the satisfaction of slowing things down and enjoying the act of closing out your day. 

Of course, there are many good non-alcoholic options out there as well. A simple tonic and lime, a mocktail of grapefruit juice, cranberry juice and soda water is equally refreshing. Finally, take a little time to also consider a garnish. Whether it be fruit, olives, salt or herbs, dress that drink up and offer a little “Salute!” to the end of your day. Better yet, to the beginning of the evening and a drop in the temperature. Now that’s most definitely a reason to raise a glass.




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