The first major heat wave of the summer just hit the East Coast after tearing a sweaty, sunburnt path through the Midwest, sending temperatures into triple digits in some spots. Maybe you’re like the Supercall team (emerging from the sweltering New York subway looking like we just went for a shvitz) or maybe you’re in a cooler region (What up, Alaska? How’s that delightful 65-degree day treating you?). Either way, you could probably use some summertime refreshment. To cool off and booze up at the same time, chow down on a rum-spiked popsicle or simply reach for one of these icy, frigid, oh-so-satisfyingly cool cocktails.
Heat Wave, Meet Icy Cocktails
The Paloma is the national cocktail of Mexico for good reason. With its sweet-tart grapefruit soda, grassy tequila and invigorating lime, it’s like a drinkable oasis—refreshing relief from the molten sky demon whose baleful and ruinous gaze is the end of all hope.
Cubans have relied on Mojitos as a means of heat relief since the 16th century. The time-tested mixture of rum, fresh lime juice and mint is the best cure for butt-sweats ever devised.
Do not allow the sun to sap your precious bodily fluids. While all summertime cocktails should be accompanied by a cool glass of water, that advice counts double during a heat wave. But some cocktails already have a built-in H2O advantage, like the Tom Collins. The spritzy, citrusy gin cocktail is topped with a hydrating hit of soda water.
Southerners know: The magical Mint Julep works wonders on hot days all summer long. Minty, bourbony and chock full of glistening crushed ice, it’s delivered in a silver julep cup that feels gloriously cool against hot skin and whose contents are an ice pack for your soul.
OK, you might think milk is a bad choice for a hot day, but a White Russian sets the perfect, chill tone you need to survive your average everyday hellscape.