Summer is far from winding down, and don’t let anyone tell you different! There are still plenty of outdoor events and activities to enjoy, so keep your cooler at the ready and stock up on our favorite ready-to-drink cocktails of 2022. Never boring or basic in quality, you’ll feel like you’re at your new favorite cocktail patio, wherever the sunshine steers you.
Griffo Tomales Collins
Pair with: Lawn games
The Collins: poster child of gin-made-breezy. With Griffo’s addition of fresh lemon and blood orange juices and a splash of cardamom-clove syrup, this can was made to be cracked outside. Literally. Taking their inspiration from the Tomales Bay in Marin County, CA, Griffo’s Tomales Collins was made with a light hand on both spirit and sugar to cool you down without weighing you down during the heights of your summer shenanigans.
Raff Sea Breeze
Pair with: Pool floaties
The Sea Breeze: another classic with the perfect dollop of kitschy nostalgia. But you don’t have to be a country club member to enjoy Raff’s super summery blend of vodka, cranberry, lime, and grapefruit. A touch sweet, a bit tart, and tons of fun with all-natural ingredients and a very attractive price tag — Hellooo, sailor!
Griffo Whole Lotta Sunshine
Pair with: Golden Hour
Few drinks can rival the popularity of the Aperol Spritz on summer cocktail menus. Something about the playful bubble really sets the perfect stage for the more buttoned-up vibes of amaro, making a refreshing but deliciously substantial summer standard. Griffo’s house-made amaro, developed specifically for the WLS, features spritely notes of rhubarb, ruby red grapefruit, lemon, and delicate wildflowers.
Raff Absinthe Mule
Pair with: An after-dinner bonfire
With the spice of fresh ginger, balancing Key lime oil, and the distinct but subtle silkiness of Raff-recipe absinthe, this potent concoction is a rather mind-bending find in its can form. The Absinthe Mule became such a crowd favorite at Raff trade shows, they knew the modern-classic spotlight on their traditional recipe absinthe had to be part of the official product lineup. Unabashedly boozy but so, so smooth, this is a crazy-affordable avenue into the world of absinthe cocktails that any spirits aficionado must explore.
-Aimee Hutchinson | Wine Manager Top Ten Liquors