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10 Refreshing Fizzes to Beat the Summer Heat

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Summer heat demands icy, bubbly drinks, especially when the mercury hits 90 degrees. So we always keep our secret weapon handy: club soda. An instant way to add effervescence to cocktails without overpowering the flavor of the drink, the bubbly water can be used for so much more than the old standby, Vodka Soda. And while we preach the importance of high quality ginger beer and craft tonic, the best thing about club soda is that the massive $2 bottle from the grocery store is really all you need. Here, 10 of our favorite ways to use it.

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While the traditional Paloma is made with grapefruit soda, our take on the cocktail has a more delicate grapefruit flavor, thanks to a blend of pamplemousse liqueur and club soda. Mixed with perfumey St-Germain elderflower liqueur and blanco tequila, this cocktail is a must for laid-back day drinking.

The Essentials

Blanco Tequila
elderflower liqueur
Pamplemousse Liqueur
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When a hot cup of coffee is too much to handle on a sweltering day, this matcha iced tea cocktail is the way to go. It’s made with cold brew matcha tea, which pairs perfectly with herbal bison grass vodka and oleo saccharum syrup. A soda water topper brightens the sweet and savory drink, giving it a vibrant green color that’s destined for Instagram.


 

The Essentials

Bison Grass Vodka
Cold Brew Matcha
Soda
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Forget about the saccharine, syrupy goop that plagues the back of the liquor cabinet. Real sloe gin made from tart sloe berries is worthy of a place on your bar cart. Grab a bottling like one from Plymouth or Spirit Works, then add fresh lemon juice and club soda to create a sweet and sour fizz that’ll trump any Vodka Cranberry.

The Essentials

Sloe Gin
Lemon Juice
Club Soda
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Mezcal’s smoky flavor can be intimidating to the uninitiated, but this fizzy, herbaceous cocktail is an excellent introduction to the agave spirit (or a fun new way to drink it if you’re already a member of the mezcal-obsessed). Spicy serrano peppers are tempered by cooling cucumbers, which get shaken with mezcal, yellow Chartreuse, lime and agave nectar. The drink is topped with soda water for easy sipping.
 

The Essentials

Mezcal
serrano pepper
cucumber slices
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The Florodora is a lesser-known classic that’s ripe for revival and a perfect excuse to use plump, seasonal raspberries. Though the cocktail calls for raspberry liqueur—in addition to gin, ginger syrup, lemon juice and soda water—we like skewering fresh raspberries as a garnish.

The Essentials

gin
raspberry liqueur
ginger syrup
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Inspired by the Artist himself, this purple lavender lemonade is like a liquid mood ring. The secret ingredient is butterfly pea flower tea (available online), which turns bright blue when steeped in water and transforms into a startling shade of violet when combined with acidic lemon juice. Not only does it look beautiful, but the floral combination of tea, gin, lemon juice, lavender syrup and club soda tastes like a garden in bloom.  

The Essentials

Gin
Butterfly Pea Flower Tea
Lavender Syrup
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The Negroni is refreshing in its own right, but this tall, spritzy version is just what we need when the weather warms. The light Americano forgoes gin, but keeps the Negroni’s low-ABV blend of Campari and sweet vermouth. It’s all topped off with club soda and garnished with an orange twist. If you’re looking to serve cocktails for a crowd, try our bottled Americano recipe, which yields 12 drinks.  


 

The Essentials

Campari
Sweet Vermouth
Club Soda
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This punny twist on a Tom Collins swaps out gin for cucumber vodka (one of the best types of flavored vodka, in our humble opinion) and adds yellow Chartreuse, lime juice and cranberry bitters. It’s citrusy and herbaceous, and a perfect fit for al fresco drinking.


 

The Essentials

cucumber vodka
lime juice
yellow Chartreuse
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Ditch the sugary Rum and Coke—rum and club soda is a much more formidable opponent to the oppressive sun. Add a little Averna amaro, Velvet Falernum, lime juice and orange bitters, and you’ll get this bittersweet, tiki-inspired classic cocktail.

The Essentials

Amaro
Gold Rum
Falernum
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The Mojito is already one of our favorite summer fizzes to whip up at home (we wouldn’t dare anger a bartender by ordering one at a bar), but this fruity, wine-spiked version is our new go-to recipe. It’s made with muddled pineapple chunks, mint, rum and white zinfandel. We use ultra-cheap Two Buck Chuck from Trader Joe’s, which delivers ripe strawberry flavors and a hint of acidity at next to no cost.

The Essentials

pineapple
mint
white zinfandel

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