While music mashups may have been a flash-in-the-pan fad that quickly came and went (sorry, Girl Talk and Glee fans), cocktail mashups are here to stay. It’s about time mixology got to remixing its tried and true classics—the food world’s been at it for years with wildly popular creations like Cronuts, Pizzookies and, the old standby, corn dogs. Bars are starting to catch on to the trend, blending Sangria with a Shandy (Shangria?), upping the brunch stakes with Mimosa-Screwdriver hybrids and making goblets full of Gin Mo (a Gin & Tonic/Mojito lovechild). To help further ramp up the remixing, we came up with a few cocktail mashups of our own.
3 Classic Cocktail Mashups to Remix Your Summer Drinking
We can’t claim to have invented this spritzy concoction—bartenders have been combining the Champagne Cocktail with the Mint Julep for decades—but we can claim to have perfected the proportions. Just the right amount of dry, boozy and refreshing, with just a touch of sweetness, this sparkling Julep is an icy drink that will take you all the way through summer right into the first chill of winter.
Champagne, to top
The spicy, gingery Moscow Mule meets the funky, bittersweet Jungle Bird in this dangerously drinkable cocktail. It might sound like a lot of potentially clashing flavors, but the bracing Campari meets and mellows the zingy ginger beer, while the pineapple juice rounds out the edges and the vodka adds alcoholic heat. One taste and you won’t be able to put it down. So do your best to sip slowly.
The Cosmopolitan and the Margarita are both members of the sour cocktail family, so by putting the two together into one glass, we’re simply adding another cocktail to the tart lineage. Tequila takes the lead, joined by fresh lime juice, triple sec, cranberry juice, and a couple drops of saline solution for a whisper of the Margarita’s signature salty rim.