Counter Culture: How To Make 6 Classic Cocktails For Summer (Video)

cocktails for summer

With summer approaching, it’s time to switch up your home cocktail menu so it pairs well with outdoor parties and backyard barbecues. After all, when you’re grilling out or sitting in the sand, there are some combos that are simply more refreshing than others. Whether you fancy something fruity and sweet or crisp and bubbly, we’ve got you covered. We teamed up with Adam Delaney, the former general manager of Tradition, an American cocktail bar, to learn how to make six classic cocktails for summer. Watch and learn — and before you know it, you’ll be a pro behind the backyard bar. Cheers!

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Bloody Mary

The classic brunch cocktail tastes even better when tomatoes are in season.

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Harvey Wallbanger

This San Francisco original is reminiscent of an orange creamsicle with orange juice, vanilla flavors, and Galliano liqueur.

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Champagne Cocktail

The mixture of liquor, bitters, juice, and bubbly makes this the perfect cocktail for weddings, graduations, and other summer soirées.

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Mai Tai

Created to showcase the flavors of good-quality rum, this is the drink you need while kicking back on the sand.

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Whiskey Sour

At the end of the long week, reach for an easy-going sour. There’s a simple yet comforting structure behind this whiskey and citrus-based cocktail.

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Classic Martini

This is a drink that everyone should know how to make. While it can be varied according to your tastes and garnished for a twist, the one consistent must be that it’s served ice-cold.