Summer Sips

Sun, sand and swimsuits – the ultimate summer dream, or is it? The only thing that could possibly be missing from the lull of the ocean waves and the fun in the sun is an ultimate summer cocktail to cool things off, concocted with only the very best, to get all the parties started. Here, Danielle Kaplan toasts our top summer sip suggestions.


This classic Texas cocktail mixes lime juice, sugar, Cointreau, and of course, tequila. With a plethora of flavors and options such as on the rocks or frozen, the margarita has become the quintessential drink to help you escape the parade. Salt the rim for a truly sweet-and-salty drink. Enjoy at The Tap Room, La Posada Hotel in Laredo.


Pretend you’re surfing the waves with this simple, yet elegant cocktail. Made with white rum, lime juice and sugar, this daiquiri can be served a variety of ways, but try strawberry to make it the best summer experience. Sip at Biga on the Banks, San Antonio.


Taking its roots from Cuba, this cocktail balances mint, lime, rum, sugar and club soda for the ultimate beach concoction. Jump in a chaise lounge and beat the heat with this refreshing and minty cocktail. Sip this at Bar Congress, Austin.


Pretend like you are a Spaniard with this classic cocktail made of wine and fruit. Serve to a group of friends and try in either white or red varieties. Just try not to forget that you don’t actually speak Spanish. Sip this at Swig Martini Bar, San Antonio.

French 75

What is more refreshing than a cocktail that uses Champagne as its base ingredient? Be more festive than just adding orange juice by adding gin, lemon juice and simple syrup to make this drink. Be like the Parisians and feel tres’ chic. Drink at St. Cecilia Hotel bar.


Grab your three best friends and sit back with your favorite episodes of Sex and the City. With the simple taste of cranberry, this pink cocktail is the ultimate refreshing drink. Even try a skinny version if you’re counting your calories. Order at the East Side Showroom, Austin.