9 Summer Cocktails That Are Better Than Air Conditioning

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When he's not busy running the cocktail program at New York City's Marta, Erik Lombardo is giving us the rundown on all things spirits—and showing us the best ways to drink them. 

Today: We're rounding up 9 of Erik's summertime drinks to help us get through the hot season ahead. 


In the summer, it can be tough to convince yourself to do much besides stand in front of an air conditioner or an open freezer. But since you're already near the freezer, you might as well grab some ice cubes. And since you're in the kitchen, get a glass and a shaker and a bottle or two. You’re minutes away from a cold cocktail. Here's to clearing the hot summer haze—these 9 cocktails will help.

Queens Park Swizzle 


Frozen Banana Daiquiri

Braulio Shandy (Valtellina), a.k.a. Beermosa

Mint Julep

Tom Collins

Singapore Sling

Mai Tai

Paloma, the Working Man's Margarita

Summer Cocktails with Mint

What's your favorite summer cocktail? Tell us in the comments below!

Tags: summer, cocktails, spirits