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Here's How to Shake Up Your Summer Cocktail Game with Lots of Style

This summer season promises to be one of the best yet. Post-pandemic, we're all planning to make up for lost time. And to help get us in the mood, here's a look at some thirst-inducing summer cocktails courtesy of a cool new book called Summer Drinks: Over 100 Recipes to Enjoy in the Sunshine, from Ryland Peters & Small, now available to order Amazon.

"Refreshing drinks, served over ice or sipped from a freezer-frosted glass, offer not just refreshment but the thrill of lip-tingling pleasure," as the book's introduction has it. "Whether enjoyed on the lawn or poolside, on a balcony or rooftop terrace, your drinks should be full of the vibrant flavors and colors of summer." 

The best cocktails in the book, beautifully photographed by Alex Luck, run the gamut from classics like the Aperol Spritz and Mint Julep, to more fanciful creations, such as a Spanish-style gin and tonic with a dollop of lemon sorbet in it—which sounds incredibly refreshing. All use fresh fruit and other available-in-season ingredients.

The book breaks down the drinks by type in five sections, starting with iconic aperitifs and riffs on the classics, and also offers recipes for a number of subtly-flavored syrups which you can prepare in advance and use to enhance your cocktail repertoire. 

While some are drinks you have no doubt made before, and others are more experimental, Luck's photographs show how stunning even the simplest concoction can be if you take the time to prepare them with suitable panache. Which we wholeheartedly endorse doing, sooner rather than later.

Especially if you are planning to invite us over....