To cool down this summer, you must (paradoxically) go toward the heat.
Meaning: go south.
Here, under sweltering skies, you’ll discover the keys to a great summer drink: Keep things nice and fresh. Use (natch) plenty of ice. Sweetness and spice can and should co-exist.
Also, be adventurous. A margarita isn’t your only choice.
You can find proof (high-proof, in fact) in The Cocktail Quarterly, Vol. XII: South of the Border edition, produced in partnership with our friends at Don Julio.
Besides making a complex, ultra-premium spirit that’s great for sipping, Don Julio also plays well as a base for some of our favorite cocktails. You can put it in a Mule. A Manhattan. A Paloma — the lesser known Mexican cocktail, but every bit as tasty as a margarita.
Heck, you can even do up a good Tequila Old Fashioned if you know how to mix it right.
Herein, we’ve got those four recipes along with a few left turns involving mezcal, rum and cachaca, as designed by some of the finest drink slingers in the country.
Good reasons to celebrate the heat, the lot of them.