Ok, it’s June in the northeast. I finally feel comfortable enough to say that winter is over. I know you think I’m just trying to be funny, but you never know when a freak snowstorm will strike. A few years ago, I was walking down my street in shorts and a T-shirt in late May and I was met with a thirty-second blizzard. I’m no meteorologist, but I believe that usually doesn’t happen when it’s seventy-five degrees out.
Actually, I’m comfortable with saying that it’s actually almost Summer. The weather report for next week shows highs in the 80’s and 90’s. That’s perfect weather for porch drinking. If you don’t have a porch, a deck will do. In the absence of both, put a lawn chair in the middle of a field and get the party started.
My main conundrum when it comes to overall warm-weather enjoyment is what to drink. I love beer, but there are many brews that just won’t do (notice the rhyme) on a hot, sunny day. Also, what if I’m just not feeling beer? Where do I go then?
Here’s a little run-down of how I handle warm weather drinking. This is by no means a complete guide to said imbibing. This is merely one man’s take on the only time of the year where it isn’t snowing here inNew York.
Beer is a staple at any BBQ, picnic, pow-wow, dance-off or lounge about. But, not all beers are created equal. Some are cheap and acceptable if you are on a budget, In that case, any light beer will do just fine. It won’t be heavy and will be lower in calories. For those with some Rupees to shell out, the craft beer world has a lot to offer you.
There’s always the actually summer beer itself. Many of your favorite breweries make one for the season includingBrooklyn, Samuel Adams, Blue Point, Shipyard,Deschutesand countless more. Just take a look at the beers on tap from your favorite craft brewery and I’m sure you’ll find one that is specifically for consumption during the summer months.
If you don’t have time to look up all the summer brews and you still want to go the craft route, check out a pale ale, IPA (I’m obsessed with Sierra Nevada’s Torpedo especially now that it comes in tall boys) or the king of the summer, a Hefeweizen.
My personal go-to porch beer is Harpoon’s UFO. I like to bounce around between the regular, white and raspberry.
Tonic water is an indispensable summer staple. If you that and have vodka, gin, or any other clear alcohol, you have a terrific summer beverage. All you need to complete this refreshing adventure into flavor town is lemon and or lime slices.
My personal go-to porch tonic drink is Smirnoff raspberry vodka and tonic with a lime wedge. I know it doesn’t seem like the manliest drink in the world, but we can’t be drinking vodka mixed with motor oil every day, right?
Sangria is a summer must at my parents’ house. Any time they have an outdoor BBQ, you can bet your sweet bippy that they will have a big pitcher of sangria on hand. I’ve written about this delicious beverage in the past. All you need is decent red wine, some seasonal fruit (oranges, limes, etc) and a good bubbly citrus soda. Mix it all together ina big jug with ice and start that game of croquet with drink in hand. The Spanish version calls for brandy and you can add that if you want.
This is a very basic list and I know I’m inevitably leaving out some of the classics. What other summery drinks do you enjoy?
Editor for Chilled Magazine