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The 5 Most Popular Cocktails of August

August 31, 2022

Story: Punch Staff

photo: Lizzie Munro

Cocktails

The 5 Most Popular Cocktails of August

August 31, 2022

Story: Punch Staff

photo: Lizzie Munro

Here are the five drinks that you couldn't get enough of this month.

Whether spicing up a gin cocktail or making the Margarita more crushable, many of our most popular cocktails from August exemplify just how flexible the simple sour template can be. But the shaken format isn’t the only way to get a refreshing serve, as the other easy-drinking cocktails on this list demonstrate. Whether frozen with orange juice or mixed with calamansi, here are the drinks you made the most in August.

Pomada

This version of the Menorcan staple is made using only fresh lemonade, rather than lemon juice and lemon soda. It uses slightly less gin than the standard ratio (one part gin to three parts lemonade or lemon soda) to make it even easier-drinking on a hot summer day—increase if desired. Taste before freezing and add more sugar or lemon juice if needed. For an easier version, rather than freezing, simply chill the mixture and serve over ice cubes. When serving on the rocks, reduce the amount of water in the recipe a touch.

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Gochujang

Gochujang Cocktail

At Jeong in Chicago, chef and drink developer Dave Park wanted to create a cocktail that “utilize[d] a Korean ingredient and showcase[d] it as the star.” The Gochujang, named after its star ingredient, brings the Korean fermented red chile paste together with the bright flavors of raspberry, calamansi and lime juice for a sweet and spicy sour.

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50/50 Margarita

While experimenting with introducing sherry into the 50/50 Martini format, Natasha Bermudez realized that the fortified wine works well in Margaritas, too. Her 50/50 Margarita splits the base of the drink between mezcal and manzanilla sherry to introduce a touch of salinity and acidity, mirroring the classic cocktail’s already citrusy-salty flavor profile.

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Frozen Garibaldi

Frozen Negroni Recipe

The Garibaldi is a classic Italian aperitivo drink that traditionally calls on equal parts Campari and fresh orange juice—a simple two-ingredient formula that begs to be built upon. Here, we up the ratio of orange juice to Campari to increase the viscosity and trademark frothiness of the drink, then add a bit of simple syrup to make sure the drink stands up to dilution.

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Pineapple Daiquiri

Pineapple Daiquiri Recipe

The sweet-tart union of rum, lime and sugar has been riffed on for almost as long as the Cuban-born drink has existed. Since its invention in the late 19th century, the original shaken Daiquiri has spawned a seemingly endless line of successors. This simple, slightly fruity riff incorporates fresh pineapple juice into the classic build.

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