Our top 3 low-alcohol cocktails for all-day summer sipping

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Jul 19, 2021


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You’ve probably noticed that the low-alcohol trend is on the rise, with new ready-to-drink options hitting the shelves pretty much…

You’ve probably noticed that the low-alcohol trend is on the rise, with new ready-to-drink options hitting the shelves pretty much every other day.

But here at World’s Best Bars, we believe nothing beats the real, homemade thing.

Here are 3 easy to make recipes to keep yourself and your guests buzzed and hydrated at your next barbecue.

Hugo

Originating in South Tyrol, but widespread in Triveneto, Austria, Switzerland and Germany, the Hugo is a refreshing, lightly alcoholic aperitif made with prosecco, elderflower syrup, seltzer and mint leaves.

For 1 serving:

Scoop a handful of ice cubes into a large wine glass along with a small handful of mint leaves (make sure you scrunch them a bit before tossing them in). Add 1 oz elderflower cordial, a splash of soda water, and top up with prosecco. Give it a quick stir and garnish with a lime wheel and a sprig of mint.

Saint-Florent

An easy-drinking aperitif that can be made slightly more potent by adding gin. But we love it without, too.

For 8 servings:

Prepare some honey syrup by shaking 3 oz clover honey and 1 oz hot water in a small jar until the honey is dissolved.

Combine 3 oz gin, 3 oz fresh lime juice, 1 oz Aperol or Capeletti, 1/2 oz honey syrup and 2 dashes of Angostura bitters in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until very cold, approximately 30 seconds. Strain into 2 chilled coupe glasses, top with champagne or prosecco and garnish each glass with a lime wheel. For 8 servings, repeat the operation 3 more times.

Sparkling Gin Basil Lemonade

A deliciously herbal concoction made more impactful by muddling your herbs. The basil can be replaced with tarragon if you have some handy.

For 1 pitcher, approx. 6 servings:

Muddle 8-10 large sprigs of basil leaves, 2 thinly sliced lemons, and 2 tablespoons of sugar in a large pitcher. Add 3/4 cup gin, 3/4 cup St-Germain, 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice, 1 12 oz can of club soda and ice. Stir to combine and serve over ice.

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