Everyone has a different preference when it comes to their alcohol. You might be a deer drinker, liquor drinker, or strictly wine. However, as warm weather approaches, you might find that your palate changes just a bit. Red wine to white, White Russians to Mojito’s and Margs, and Stouts to Pale Ales. Warm weather drinking is almost always a little bit lighter in color and flavor profile. What can be considered a good warm weather drink? While every person and palate is different, there are a few standouts in every category…
Warm Weather Drinking Options
Beer: Pilsners, Pales, Kolsch, and Maybe a Wheat?
As we mentioned, lighter drinks typically make their big comeback in warmer months. Lighter beers, such as pilsners, kolsch’s, and pales are much more popular when the weather is hot than, say, a stout. Darker beers typically (not always) have a heavier body, taste, and warmer flavors, such as coffee and spice. However, lighter beers have a tendency to taste fruitier, more crisp, and go down a bit more refreshing. If you want a few local options for lighter beers, check out: Unknown Brewing’s Pre-Game, Wooden Robot’s Overachiever, and Sycamore Brewing’s Strawberry Lemonade Gose (for the fruit and sour lover).
Wine: White Wine and a Personal Favorite— Sangria
Just like with beer, many people make a transition from red wine to white wine in the warmer months. It’s lighter, a bit more refreshing, and easier to drink when you’re sitting by the pool. However, when you consider your friends who drink wine— most have a strong preference of one over the other. I, for example, struggle to enjoy white wine at any time of year. For that reason, one of my favorite warm weather alcohol beverages is sangria. When it comes to warm weather drinking, there are few things more refreshing than a delicious, ice cold, fruity sangria. You can make them with either red or white wine. Take your favorite fruits— lemon, lime, orange, and frozen strawberry are great options. Juice half, and add half sliced into the jug. I personally add triple sec, brandy, vermouth, and orange soda to mine— the Spanish way is unforgettable.
Liquor: Mojitos, Margaritas, and Seltzer drinks
When it comes to warm weather drinking, liquor isn’t really going to be your best choice for a number of reasons. For one, when it comes to longevity— liquor is at the bottom of the alcohol list. Not to mention, dehydration is a strong possibility with any drinking— but liquor especially. Vodka, sitting by a pool for hours— you’re bound to end up feeling sick. However, if you choose— go with a lighter drink, and one that preferably uses some kind of water. Vodka water, or seltzer with lemon is a good move. Mojitos are also an excellent choice that utilizes seltzer or soda water.