Summertime with a Twist

Hot sun, warm breezes, and cold drinks are a tradition in the South. When the weather turns warmer, we tend to reach for tropical or crisp and refreshing flavors. Whether you’re on vacation with salt in the air, or you’re just ready for the start of the weekend, these beverage selections pair well with your favorite summertime activities.

By Katie Faulkner  /  Photography by Emily Long

Tanqueray Nº Ten summer alcohol drink

Tanqueray Nº Ten

The passion and attention to detail in this crisp Tanqueray No Ten create the perfect liquor to mix into your favorite refreshing beverage or enjoy on its own. This exquisite gin is the only gin to be inducted into the San Francisco World Spirits Competition Hall of Fame, and for good reason. This is a small-batch gin, crafted with the finest fresh citrus fruits, which are experienced on the nose and in the flavor. This one is best paired with sunshine, a slice of pink grapefruit, and your choice of tonic water.

Patrón Citrónge Pineapple chattanooga summer alcohol drink

Patrón Citrónge Pineapple

With the aroma of a tropical treat and the taste of sweet ripe pineapple, this liqueur is a fabulous summer sipper. Crystal clear coloring denotes the fine craftsmanship. At 35% alcohol, this liqueur is perfect for pairing with poolside fruit, pork plates, and anything in between. Patrón Citrónge Pineapple is made with quality ingredients, Patrón Silver, and perfectly sweet Piña Miel pineapples from Veracruz to create a refined, tropical liqueur.

Barone Fini Pinot Grigio chattanooga summer alcohol drink wine

Barone Fini Pinot Grigio

Hailing from the Valdadige region in Veneto, Italy, this white wine is crisp and dry with almond overtones. It is a pure varietal wine, meaning it’s made entirely of pinot grigio grapes. It has playful fruit flavors of zesty lemon and ripe honeydew, complemented by light florals. It’s a wonderfully refreshing vintage to pair with chicken, seafood, and pasta dishes, as well as a simple, warm al fresco evening.

Conundrum Sparkling Rosé chattanooga summer alcohol drink wine

Conundrum Sparkling Rosé

The pop of a cork is the perfect signal to the start of a celebration. No need to wait for New Year’s, this sparkling rosé is the perfect partner for a special summer experience. Aromas of raspberry, blackberry, and a hint of vanilla are greeted by bright flavors of fresh nectarine and mango and light notes of citrus and florals on the palate. The finish is long, bright, and fresh. CS

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