What Is Your Official Cocktail For 2019? Take This Test
While we here at T&C are fans of summer cocktails of all shapes, forms, and ABVs (remember kids, drink responsibly), with dozens of camps declaring their favorites the Drink of the Season, we thought it was time to come to a consensus on which concoction truly deserves of the title. Will it be the controversial Aperol Spritz? The classic Margarita? Will the Shirley Temple prove to be a crowd-pleasing dark horse? Only you can decide but voting in our cocktail bracket—let's call it June madness.
Vote for your favorites in the matchups below, then check back next week to find out who wins, who loses, and who's going head-to-head next.
Week 1: Voting ends Tuesday, June 25
Celebrating its 100th birthday this year, the negroni (a personal favorite of Jackie O) is here to wake up your tastebuds with its blend of gin, vermouth, and the Italian bitter liquor Campari. Squaring off against the negroni is this year's most divisive drink, the Aperol spritz: an iced, easy-drinking blend of the bitter Aperol, prosecco, and club soda.
Lower in alcohol (and effort) than most cocktails, beer is the perfect crowd-pleasing summer drink for those who don't want to spend their sunny afternoons behind the bar. On the other hand, Hard seltzers are really having a moment this summer thanks to their low calorie count (around 100 calories vs about 150 for a beer) and refreshing range of fruity flavors.
The cocktail that launched a thousand variations, the margarita's mix of bright lime juice, smooth tequila, sweet triple-sec, and that salted rim will have your tastebuds running on all cylinders. The Pimm's Cup, a summery mix of its starring liquor, Pimm's No. 1 and lemonade, garnished with strawberries, cucumbers, and orange slices, is the staple drink of Wimbledon.
Not everyone wants their cocktails boozy: We defy you to avoid a rush of childhood nostalgia (and, you know, sugar) at the first sip of the Shirley Temple "mocktail" made from maraschino cherries, grenadine, and lemon-lime soda. In the other non-alcoholic corner is a 50/50 mix of iced tea and lemonade supposedly invented by the American golfer Arnold Palmer. This one hits the spot whether you're out on the course or sitting on your porch.
Drinking this blend of dark and light rum, pineapple, orange, and cranberry juices, and grenadine will make you feel like you're in the Caribbean wherever you are. Facing off against the rum punch is the mojito, a concoction of white rum, mint, lime juice, sugar, and a touch of club soda (an American add-on) that gained popularity thanks in part to the literary clout of major mojito fan Ernest Hemingway.
Named for the Cuban mining town where it was invented, the daiquiri is spectacular in its simplicity: light rum, lime, and sugar. Born in Puerto Rico, the piña colada's frosty frozen blend of cream of coconut, pineapple, and rum might just be the world's single greatest umbrella drink.
Call it summer water, call it rosé-all-day; whatever you call it, it's hard to believe there was ever a time when we weren't swilling rosé wine all summer long. Sangria typifies a type of effortless European cool—whatever wine you have on hand, a glug of liqueur, a few slices of ripe fruit, and you've got a cocktail to suit all your summer needs.
Made with rich, dark rum and bold, spicy ginger beer (the grown-up cousin of your standby ginger ale) a dark 'n' stormy is sure to shake your palette out of your everyday drinking rut. We've paired this one against an all-time classic, the G&T. Made simply with gin, tonic water, and a squeeze of lime, it's a thirst-quenching blend of sweet, bitter, bubbly, and herbaceous and feels just right for summer.
*This article originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors