Summer’s quickly coming to a close, but at PadillaCRT, the roster of refreshing beverages is still very much in full swing. After a two week stint in Italy during one of the country’s hottest summers on record, my drinks of late have been chilled Italian white wines, bottles of Peroni beer, and the occasional Aperol Spritz, the traditional Italian aperitif, or happy hour, cocktail. The drink is usually a combination of sparkling wine, such as prosecco, with a splash of the liquor Aperol, club soda, and garnished with an orange. These were all great options to combat the intense late July heat (glasses of ice water also occasionally made an appearance).
Post-vacation, wonderfully chilled red Beaujolais wines have made their way into my rotation, such as those from Les Vins Georges Duboeuf. For our third installment of “What Are We Drinking?” a few of our staffers offer some drink suggestions to end your summer with a boozy bang.
Kirsten Lesak-Greenberg, Senior Account Executive and Whiskey Enthusiast
These days, I’m sticking to my old standby, a Jack and Coke, which isn’t too sweet and I can get anywhere. My dad has always been a big whiskey and bourbon drinker, so it’s definitely a family trait.
Mariam Quadri, Account Executive and Margarita Maven
I know it’s a little unconventional, but to cool down lately I’ve enjoyed a maple margarita! The recipe uses Pure Canadian Maple Syrup and has a perfect, subtly sweet taste. I learned how to make it using this cocktail game from Pure Canada Maple.
Jason Stemm, Vice President and Bourbon Buff
Lately, I’ve been enjoying Covington Vodka. It’s made from North Carolina sweet potatoes. It is very smooth, with a slight nose of tequila, in my opinion – I’m heading down to North Carolina this week and am definitely looking forward to restocking.
John Scally, Media Manager and Sultan of the Simple Cocktail
I keep it simple – some Jameson and Ginger Ale in a tall glass of ice and garnished with lime. Refreshing and on the lighter side – it’s a really great drink to enjoy in the high temperatures.