The world begins to reopen and the joys of lounging in the summer sun return along with the greenery, longer nights, and endless memories to be made. The past year has lead you up to this point and now it’s time to celebrate. Grab a plaid blanket and your best crafted charcuterie board for a memorable outdoor picnic spent for an overdue catchup with friends and family. But don’t forget the drinks! Get a couple of ideas with our choices for the top 9 Summer Drinks for a Picnic in 2021.
Welcome the summer sun with a refreshing, effervescent twist on a classic French 75. Aldez’s Blanco Tequila ethically sources from the refined agave fields of Jalisco Mexico making for a smooth, spirit. Mix with peach puree and top with your favorite bubbly wine and this cocktail can make any summer evening memorable. Cheers to this Summer Drinks for a Picnic favorite.
Recipe by Aldez Tequila
- 1.5 oz Aldez Blanco
- ¾ oz Peach Puree
- ½ oz Orange Liqueur
- Splash of Bubbly Wine (Champagne or Cava)
Add all the ingredients into an empty shaker and dry shake. Pour into a champagne
flute. Top with champagne or sparkling wine (Prosecco). Garnish with a cherry.
Cool off on a scorching June day with Belvedere’s refreshing Summer Lemonade. This easy-to-fix summer cocktail packs a punch, blending the fun elements of a Moscow Mule with a spiked lemonade. Customize your glass with fresh summer berries like raspberries or strawberries.
Recipe by Belvedere Vodka
- 2 oz Belvedere Vodka
- 3/4 oz. Lemon Juice
- 3/4 oz. Simple Syrup
- 5 Raspberries
- Ginger Beer
Place all ingredients into shaker except for ginger beer and shake with ice. Strain and strain over fresh ice. Top off with ginger beer garnish with mint and raspberry.
Woodford Reserve’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey makes for an elevated, sophisticated night-cap Old Fashioned. This bourbon has tasting notes of toffee, caramel, rich chocolate, and spice throughout. Sip on the rocks or add a sugar cube and Angostura Bitters for the classic Old Fashioned.
Recipe by Woodford Reserve
- 2 oz. of Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
- 1/2 oz. of Demerara Sugar Simple Syrup
- 3 Dashes of Angostura Bitters
- 2 Dashes of Regan’s Orange Bitters
Add ingredients to the mixing glass. Add ice to mixing glass and serving glass. Stir ingredients for 30-40 secs. Strain into serving glass. Garnish with a lightly expressed orange peel.
Blend the oaky undertones of Glenmorangie’s Malt Whiskey with the bright, citrusy vibes of summer orange. This highball incorporates the botanical Elderflower Cordial adding an herbal undertone. This is one of the best summer drinks 2021 for a picnic!
Recipe by Glenmorangie
- 1 ¾ oz Glenmorangie Original
- 3 ½ oz Tonic Water
- ½ oz Elderflower Cordial
- 1 Orange twist (garnish)
Pour Glenmorangie Original over cubed ice into a glass, add elderflower cordial and top with tonic water. Garnish with an orange twist.
Nothing says cheers to the summer than a refreshing margarita. Luckily, Herradura’s Silver Tequila offers a smooth addition to the classic cocktails. This tequila is aged for at least 45-days in American White Oak barrels, offering a smooth taste.
Recipe by Herradura Tequila
- 2 oz. Herradura Silver Tequila
- 1 oz. fresh lime juice
- Salt (optional) for glass rim
Combine all ingredients and shake with ice to chill. Strain over fresh ice and garnish with a half-salt rim and lime.
Kikori’s Japanese Whiskey offers a smooth spirit perfect for a creative spin on the classic old fashioned cocktails. Kikori’s Whiskey is made from rice, aged in American Oak Barrels for at least three years. The floral, fragrant aroma combined with the citrus from the Yuzu makes for a refreshing summer cocktail.
Recipe by Kikori Whiskey
- 2 oz. Kikori Whiskey
- Scant Bar Spoon of Sweetened Ginger Juice
- 4 dashes of Yuzu Bitters
- Sea Salt
- Grapefruit Peel
Add the sweetened ginger juice to a rocks glass, the add Yuzu Bitters and Kikori Whiskey. Add ice and stir to combine flavors. Sprinkle sea salt over cocktail and ice, and garnish with grapefruit peel.
Volcán de mi Tierra’s Blanco Tequila brings a smooth finish to the Jalisco Mule cocktail. Mix in ginger beer and freshly squeeze lime juice for a fantastic compliment to Volcan’s summer tequila.
Recipe by Volcán Tequila
- 2 oz. Volcan Tequila Blanco
- 3 oz. Ginger Beer
- ½ Fresh Lime Juice
Combine Volcán Blanco and fresh lime juice in a highball glass filled with crushed ice. Top with ginger beer and stir. Garnish with candied ginger and dehydrated lime wheel.
$600 for three bottles – To Kalon Vineyard Company
A glass of Highest Beauty’s Cabernet Sauvignon from To Kalon Napa Valley will transport you to the verdant vineyards of an Italian summer. Wine conoisseur Andy Erickson tasted his way through 56 different cabernet sauvignon to arrive at a quality product like Highest Beauty. This wine captures the soft, nostalgic tastes of vintage with harvested grapes from October. This lends a heightened perfume for the delicate wine.
Bollinger’s Rosé makes for the best first round of drinks at any picnic. A flute glass of rosé is a cheers to the new summer of friends, family, and new beginnings. This definitely tops the list for the Summer Drinks list.