Pour Me A Cold One: Our Favorite Summer Drinks

When Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff first professed in 1991: “Summer, summer, summertime; Time to sit back and unwind,” they had the right idea. Summers in Texas can be rough, but with an abundance of innovative cocktails, local craft beer and amazing wine options throughout the city, it’s easy to forget just how much you’re actually sweating. From canned beer to sake cocktails, we rounded up some of our current favorite summertime drinks to help alleviate the pain of those 100+ degree days.



My husband and I were in Portland for a wedding this summer and went on a tour of the House Spirits distillery which makes Aviation Gin. There, I discovered an incredible coffee liqueur made with Stumptown coffee – unfortunately not sold outside of the state of Oregon. I managed to nab a bottle at the airport to bring back to Austin. I’m also a sucker for local craft beer and my drink of choice right now is Independence Brewing’s Power & Light pale ale which was just released in a can. Got to love that accessibility!

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My new favorite drink has to be the Natsu Jamu (translated to “Summer Jam”) from Uchiko. Made with muddled mint and basil and ginger syrup, it’s so refreshing, you’ll be surprised to find out the main component is sake. Topped with lime juice and bitters, it’s a perfect pairing to all those perfect Uchiko bites. Bonus: recipe included below.

Jamu (Summer Jam) at Uchiko

3 oz. Gekkeikan

Muddled, Mint and Basil

3/4 oz. Ginger Simple Syrup

1/2 oz. Lime juice

Dash of Angostura Bitters

Garnish with mint sprig



Right now I’m loving the The Bonneville’s signature cocktail. It’s a Texas take on a Paloma using Espolon Silver Tequila, fresh Texas Ruby Red grapefruit juice and spiced cinnamon syrup. My favorite non-alcoholic drink this summer is the Peach Mint Buddha’s Brew Kombucha that I get from the RS Mart across the street on East 11th. It’s refreshing and not too acidic; perfect for a hot day.



I love a glass of Sancerre. Wine expert Tom Stevenson describes the classic profile of Sancerre blanc as bone dry, highly aromatic with intense flavors of peaches and gooseberries. I also have to include one of my favorite beers from Rahr & Sons, the Stormcloud IPA, which is fantastic year round but especially delicious in the summer.

Image via Rahr & Sons



I recently tried the Panama Peach cocktail at Josephine House and it has quickly become my go-to in Austin. The Caña Brava rum, crème de pêche and lime juice make for a sweet, refreshing beverage while the mill-king cream creates a consistency close to a smoothie.