When temperatures start rising, there’s nothing better than an ice-cold cocktail, savored slowly out on a patio, porch, or rooftop. Indulging in a drink al fresco may be one of our favorite summertime rituals—alongside grilling, camping, and soaking up as much sunshine as we can before the leaves start to turn.
With summer drinking season at its height, we turned to the experts at Minibar Delivery to come up with the perfect summer sip to pair with every outdoor occasion—from picnics in the park to lazy Sunday brunches. (And in case you don’t feel like schlepping to the store for drink supplies, use code KMSUMMER for $15 off your first Minibar order.)
PICNIC IN THE PARK
A perfect picnic spread doesn’t need to be fussy. Stock your picnic basket with a few bottles of wine that are light, fresh, and low in alcohol, since you’ll likely be drinking for several hours under the summer sun. These crisp and refreshing wines pair well with classic picnic fare—just don’t forget the corkscrew.
These young wines from northern Portugal boast lively citrus flavors and delicate effervescence. Try Casa de Mouraz Vinho Verde Biotite from the region’s first family-run organic winery for fresh, fruity notes that will please any palate.
Mouthwatering acidity and subtle sweetness make off-dry German rieslings incredibly refreshing on a balmy day, especially when well-chilled. A crisp kabinett is always a good bet.
If you prefer something bubbly, opt for a good prosecco, like La Marca Prosecco. It’s a lighter (and less expensive) alternative to champagne that won’t overpower the delicate flavors of salads and appetizers.
To create what may be the ultimate summer spritzer, we combined two seasonal standbys: sparkling rosé and the iconic Aperol spritz. Bubbly, herbaceous, and delicately sweet, this rosy-red sip makes a fine accompaniment to a lazy late brunch with friends and family.
Fill a glass with ice. Pour in the rosé and Aperol, and add a splash of club soda for a bit of fizz. Top with the garnish of your choice, and enjoy.
AL FRESCO DINNER
When warm weather beckons, heed its call with a casual dinner party out under the evening sky. Keep the affair relaxed by whipping up a batch of crowd-pleasing cocktails. Here, a fresh-picked take on the classic mojito, infused with the flavors of the late summer harvest and served by the pitcher.
Blackberry Basil Mojito Pitcher
About 20 ripe blackberries, plus more for garnish
Juice of 3 medium limes
¼ cup cane sugar
2 cups loosely packed basil leaves, plus more for garnish
5 cups crushed ice
12 ounces (1 ½ cups) white rum, such as 10 Cane
1 cup club soda, chilled
Add the blackberries, lime juice, and sugar to a pitcher and muddle until the sugar dissolves. Add the basil and gently muddle a few times to release the herb’s flavorful oils. Add the ice and stir briefly. Fold in the rum and then top with club soda. Divide among 6 glasses. Garnish each glass with one blackberry and a whole basil leaf and serve.
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