5 Summer drinks to keep you cool in the Texas heat

With the summer heat approaching Texas, visitors are often surprised at how quickly your throat gets parched. So I’ve compiled a list of my five favorite summer drinks that are guaranteed to keep you cool, refreshed, and relaxed during the hot Texas summer months.

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Mexican Martini

1. Trudy’s Mexican Martini: Make no bones about it and accept no substitutes, the Trudy’s Mexican Martini is a potent concoction of tequila, Cointreau, Sprite, and OJ. Be careful with this one though. It’s not for the faint of heart or severely dehydrated. Consider yourself warned and enjoy!


2 oz Tequila(preferably a top shelf Repasado like Don Julio or Herradura)
2 oz Cointreau
2 oz Sprite
2 oz OJ
.5 oz Lime Juice

Combine with ice in a Martini shaker. Serve. Shaken not stirred in a chilled Martini glass with a salt rim and stuffed olive garnish.

2. Texas Tea: For the yankees visiting from the North, the Texas Tea is a non-traditional, more potent redheaded stepchild to the beloved Long Island Iced Tea. It’s a little redneck and a lot of fun.

2 oz 1800® Tequila
2 oz rum
2 oz vodka
2 oz gin
2 oz bourbon whiskey
2 oz triple sec
2 oz sweet and sour mix (don’t ever use the powdered kind in my presence. EVER)


Fill a 1 gallon pitcher with ice. Add all the ingredients except the coca-cola. Stir, then add the coca-cola and stir again. Pour into your favorite glass with ice and enjoy.

3. Corona While I will probably be skewered alive, disowned, and likely discredited for not recommending Lone Star as my summer beer of choice, nothing beats an ice cold Corona with a little salt-rimmed bottle and lime. You try coming in off a 6 mile hike around Bandera, TX, getting out of the boat on Lake Travis, or tubing the Guadalupe with a nice refreshing Corona. You will not be disappointed.

4. Mojito: There’s just something about the Latin culture that truly understands the nuances of the glaring Texas heat. A hot, sticky sweet sister to the Margarita’s salty sassiness, the Mojito will provide you with a cool, refreshing breeze of rum goodness. You even get in a slight arm workout crushing the mint leaves.


1.25 oz Captain Morgan Original spiced rum
12 mint leaves
1 tbsp sugar
.5 oz lime juice
2 oz soda


Place crushed mint leaves in the bottom of the glass. Add crushed ice, sugar, Captain Morgan, and lime juice. Muddle with a spoon and add soda on top. Garnish with mint.

5. Margarita: Last and certainly not least is the glorious goodness of the margarita. Frozen or on the rocks, the tequila-infused margarita will keep you breezy cool in the Texas summer heat. The only real decision you have to make is what tequila you put in it. And I’ll tell you, not since the Hatfields and McCoys fued has something been more widely debated. However you can not go wrong with a great top shelf Anejo. After extensive, repetitive, and often times arduous research, I highly recommend the Suaza Tres Generaciones Anejo for its smooth delivery and price point. Let me know what you think!


1.5 oz Tequila
.5 oz triple sec
5 oz Sweet and Sour (again. Just say NO to the powder mix. Trust me on this one)
.5 oz OJ
.5 oz Grand Marnier
1 oz lime juice


Place salt on a dish and rub rim of a margarita glass with a lime wedge. Dip glass in the salt to coat rim thoroughly. Pour teguila, triple sec, lime juice, sweet and sour, orange juice, and ice into a blender. Set on high speed until well blended. Pour into a margarita glass. Garnish with a lime, and serve. Optionally, pour Grand Marnier orange liqueur on top for a float, then serve.

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Frozen Margarita with an upshot on the RiverWalk

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