AUGUST IS A STRANGE DRINKING MONTH.
Summer is winding down, the rains are intermittent and the nippy looms. You’re over rosé and can’t do another Tom Collins, but it’s not quite brandy season and whisky doesn’t seem right in the stifling heat. In other words, it’s the month to experiment. Maxim asked some of the best bartenders for their go-to August cocktails, and they didn’t disappoint. So drink up—summer’s not over yet.
The Perfect Daiquiri is the perfect balance of sour, sweet, and spirit. The perfect combo of texture, brightness, and depth. It never outstays its welcome and is a great cocktail to enjoy all summer long and as you head slowly into the winter.
30 ml lime juice
15 ml rich cane syrup
75 ml rum mix (30 ml white rum, 15 ml aged rum and 15 ml dark rum)
Combine ingredients, shake, and serve in a sour glass.
Ni Hao, Ginger
This drink is geared toward the martini drinkers out there, but uses baijiu, a Chinese liquor, as the base spirit instead of gin or vodka. It’s crisp, bright, and smooth, with ginger and slightly herbal background notes. Read: delicious.
45 ml baijiu
30 ml ginger liqueur 1
bar spoon gentian liqueur
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir gently for a good 20 seconds. Strain into a chilled cockta