Men’s Top 5 Summer Cocktails

Men's Top 5 Summer Cocktails
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Here at Gamma Living Men’s we appreciate a nice summer cocktail so we figured we’d offer our top 5 favorites list for summer 2020. Since we are health and wellness focused, if you use fresh squeezed juices you’re going to get some antioxidants from the citrus. It’s the least we can do considering covid-19. But everything in moderation right?

Let’s jump right in to: Men’s Top 5 Summer Cocktails

1. White Claw (assorted flavors)

Our number one cocktail of the summer is your favorite college tall can of the moment. Every basic bitches go to from 7-11. White Claw! Had one yet? Well let’s just agree they’re fantastic and also dangerous. If you have ever got into the “la croix” fad a couple years ago then you know the deal. It’s like that, but way more fun. Light, crisp, tasty, cold, refreshing. Doesn’t get any better than White Claw for a quick and easy summer drink. Our favorite is the grapefruit!

2. Greyhound

Men's Top 5 Summer Cocktails

Ingredients:
1 shot Vodka
grapefruit juice, to top garnish: lime wedge or wheel

The gentleman supposedly drink bourbon and scotch. But a scotch neat on a hot summer day in the sun sounds about as appetizing as a bowl of warm mayonnaise. Let’s talk about the classic grey hound. Simple, easy and delicious!

(Fresh grapefruit juice squeezed into the glass takes this drink from a 7 to a 10) grab a bag of grapefruits of any color, chop them in half. Squeeze into glass filled with ice and dump a shot or two of your favorite vodka and you’re good to go. We also like to do half grapefruit and half soda water to give it the sparkling effect to mix it up! Enjoy gentlemen.

3. Madres

Men's Top 5 Summer Cocktails

Ingredients:
1 shot vodka
3⁄4 orange juice
1⁄4 cranberry juice
garnish: lime wedge or wheel

Madres is a totally under rated drink that is delicious, super easy and changes up the color of a screw driver (vodka orange juice) or a cape cod by combining the two cocktails (vodka cranberry). It’s literally just the combination of the two famous drinks. When making any summer cocktail or any drink in general we recommend using fresh squeezed juice. It’s way easier to make than you think. But if you’re going for store bought atleast go for the stuff that’s not from concentrate. Cranberry might be harder to find. You can always mix it up and make it less sweet by doing the half juices and half soda water or flat water. Drink up y’all!

4. Margarita (regular or spicy)

Men's Top 5 Summer Cocktails

Ingredients:
2 shots of tequila (go hard or go home) 3⁄4 fresh lime juice
Splash of any orange liqueur Teaspoon of agave syrup (optional) Jalepeno or cayenne (optional)
Salt for rim of glass (optional)
garnish: lime wedge or wheel
Splash of orange juice (optional)

Margaritas are probably the most popular cocktail in the world. If not definitely in the top 5. There’s dozens of different margarita recipes nowadays including “skinny” and “spicy” but our favorite is the classic with just one slight change (two shots of tequila) . A classic first shelf Tequila brand is Jose Cuervo but prefer Espolon, Hornitos silver or reposado is the most flavorful tequila for margaritas, but any kind of tequila (or mezcal, raicilla, sotol) will work. We prefer two shots so that you don’t have to drink a bunch of sweet drinks. Just two of these and you’re good to go! Sorry to be repetitive but be sure to use freshly-squeezed lime juice or at least not from concentrate: the key to any amazing summer cocktails is FRESHLY SQUEEZED. It will make your guests think you’re a bar tending genius/mixologist.

Orange liqueur: Cointreau is the go-to, but Grand Marnier is also good stuff, or you can use a good-quality Triple Sec if needed. A splash of orange juice is also an option in addition or instead of orange liqueur.

Additional ingredients could include:

Jalepeno: (to make spicy margarita) this is very carefully added depending on spice levels for guests

Cayenne: cayenne or any other pepper can be used to make spicy margaritas. Use at discretion.

Agave: if you would like a sweeter margarita, feel free to mix in some agave syrup or any sweetener you prefer.

Kosher or any rock or rough ground salt: to salt the rims of your glasses, (some folks mix Tajin into the salt or other flavors or spice).

Skinny: many people make the skinny by skipping margarita mix and just using lime juice or skipping the orange liqueur. Anything besides the lime juice can be switched around.

5. Mojito

Men's Top 5 Summer Cocktails

Mojoitos are one summer absolute necessity. If you haven’t had a mojito made with all fresh ingredients on a lovely summer day or evening are you sure you’ve truly lived? Mojito is such a summer standard it even has its own Wikipedia so for this one we’re going with the agreed upon Wikipedia recipe:

“”Mojito (/moʊˈhiːtoʊ/; Spanish: [moˈxito]) is a traditional Cuban highball. Traditionally, a mojito is a cocktail that consists of five ingredients: white rum, sugar (traditionally sugar cane juice), lime juice, soda water, and mint. Its combination of sweetness, citrus, and herbaceous mint flavors is intended to complement the rum, and has made the mojito a popular summer drink.”

Ingredients:
4 cl white rum
3 cl fresh lime juice
6 sprigs of mint
2 teaspoons sugar (or 2 cl of sugar syrup)
Preparation

Muddle mint leaves with sugar and lime juice. Add a splash of soda water and fill the glass with cracked ice. Pour the rum and top with soda water. Garnish with sprig of mint leaves and lemon slice. Serve with straw.

“When preparing a mojito, fresh lime juice is added to sugar (or to simple syrup) and mint leaves. The mixture is then gently mashed with a muddler. The mint leaves should only be bruised to release the essential oils and should not be shredded. Then rum is added and the mixture is briefly stirred to dissolve the sugar and to lift the mint leaves up from the bottom for better presentation. Finally, the drink is topped with crushed ice and sparkling soda water. Mint leaves and lime wedges are used to garnish the glass.”

Food Pairings:

  1. White Claw on the rocks (nachos)
  2. Greyhound (charcuterie plate)
  3. Madres (sliders)
  4. Margarita (tacos duh)
  5. Mojito (Patatas bravas and alioli)

Next week we will be publishing a food pairing for each cocktail for your family and friends to nosh on at your social distance gatherings this summer!

All alcoholic beverages are for legal aged people only. We recommend drinking safely with healthy food (never drink on an empty stomach), and never drive after drinking no matter what. Always stay within your own limits and always take an Uber, lyft, taxi, call a friend or have a “designated driver.”

Please be safe and stay thirsty friends!

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