Best Summer Cocktails

Some of the country’s best mixologists share their favorite summertime drink recipes.

Courtesy Demi Monde
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The PDX: Demi Monde, New York

Mixologist: Alex Day

Home-Bar Basic: A measuring device. Making cocktails is more like baking than cooking; even the smallest imbalance of citrus or sweetener can drastically affect the end result. Look for any measuring device—we call them jiggers—that can accurately measure between two ounces and a quarter ounce.

His Summer Cocktail: I’ll be drinking a lot of Aperol. It’s light, complex and goes with so many spirits it’s almost not fair. The PDX is low-alcohol and loaded with fresh citrus—perfect for barbecues and long afternoons of drinking.

1 1/2 ounces Aperol Aperitivo
1/2 ounce Dolin Dry Vermouth
3/4 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1/2 ounce fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice
1/4 ounce simple syrup (1 part sugar, 1 part water)
1 dash Angostura Bitters
Orange wedge for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a wineglass. Add ice and stir. Top with seltzer and garnish with an orange wedge. Pitcher Version: Multiply the recipe by six, except for the bitters. Add ingredients to a large pitcher with ice. Add two dashes of bitters. Stir and top with seltzer. Garnish with orange wedges.

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