That One Drink: Summery Beer Edition

It's weird that we haven't covered this.
Claire Lower
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It's weird that we haven't covered this.

Welcome back, my beautiful cats and kittens, to another easy, breezy installment of That One Drink. Last week we talked three-ingredient cocktails, and the winner from Danielle Balentine was sunny, sweet, and bright.


Limoncello martini. 2 parts orange juice, one part citrus vodka, one part limoncello.* It's like sunshine and happiness and unicorn tears and rainbows in a glass.

*I don't really measure things so... I think this is right? Either way you'll be happy.

I've always wanted to taste the tears of the illusive unicorn, so I was pretty excited to try this. It also gave me an excuse to buy a bottle of limoncello, which is nice to have around in the summer months.


I did 2 ounces of juice, and 1 ounce of each alcohol. I shook all of that up with a bit of ice and strained it into a lowball, because I don't have martini glasses, because martini glasses are pointless saucers on sticks. (I drink my martinis out of coupes, which reminds me, I need to buy some coupe glasses, as I only had one and I lost it in my last move.)



As promised, this was an optimistic tasting beverage, full of sunshine, hope, and citrusy goodness. I can't say with complete certainty that it tasted of unicorn tears, as I've never enjoyed unicorn tears straight from the source, but I can say that it was a very happy-tasting cocktail.

Danielle Balentine gets a trophy for this mellow, yellow beverage, and that trophy is Lou Reed and Luciano Pavarotti singing "Perfect Day" together, because my brother sent this video to me and I am obsessed.

Moving on.

We've talked about beer, and we've talked about summery drinks, but we haven't specifically talked about beer as a summery drink, which is weird, because beer a can of light, crisp, beer is what summer is all about.

I don't actually like this beer that much, but this photo is very summery.

I don't actually like this beer that much, but this photo is very summery.

You know I lean toward the cocktail side of alcohol consumption, but gin beverage after gin beverage under the hot summer sun can lead to a world of pain if you're not careful. A light, fizzy beer will let you enjoy a sweltering day much longer than a harder beverage will.

I don't have a particular "go-to" favorite, but right now I'm feeling Montucky Cold Snack, 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon, and Hitachino Wit. I've also been known to drink a fruity sour or funky saison when it's hot out, and I recommend either of those routes fully.

So obviously what I wish for you to share is your favorite summer beers. They don't have to be seasonal, but I do love seasonal offerings.