The days are starting to get long, lazy and hot. The perfect way to cool them down (or spice them up) is with a summer cocktail. In the spirit of summer fun, mixologists from across the US shared the recipes that are topping their drink menus with TLK. From a refreshing peach mint splash and a Jamaica punch with hibiscus flowers to smoky mezcals with jalapeño and serrano peppers, there's a cocktail for every summer weekend cookout, fancy rooftop soiree, or later afternoon happy hour.
This smoky cocktail doesn’t pull any punches, using serrano peppers as a main flavor. If you haven't used serranos, the pepper is similar to the jalapeño in size but much hotter in taste. Keep in the mind the smaller the pepper the hotter it is, so choose wisely! The heat is tempered by agave, while a squirt of lime juice cuts through the sweetness.
Mixologists at 2nd Floor on Clinton created this cocktail as homage to the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. This isn’t an easy cocktail to make (you'll have to pick up some bar ingredients, including a gum paste!) but it's well worth it. Beautiful, hot pink prickly pear juice is mixed with tequila and cointreau for a subtly sweet cocktail. You won't be able to help but picture yourself on a beach in Mexico as the sun beats down and a cool breeze washes over you.
Juicy peaches on a summer day evoke memories of eating messy, drippy childhood peaches. The versatile fruit can be used for so many things: salsa, bbq sauce and, when combined with Partida Tequila, summer cocktails! Add mint, another versatile summer ingredient, and the peach flavor becomes even stronger. Add tequila and you have a cool, new adults only classic.