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Summer Spirits: Baton Rouge bartenders reveal the most popular summer cocktails

Summer is just around the corner, bringing scorching hot days and warm nights. Everyone is finally getting to shake off the cold and rain (sometimes), and leave the semester behind for a while. Maybe you even get to take a few vacation days. What’s a better way to enjoy the upcoming summer nights than with a refreshing cocktail? Bartenders from around Baton Rouge weighed in on what they thought were great summer mixed drinks.
Kramer Ritchie, bartender at Olive or Twist said the spot is known for many different types of cocktails and their cocktail roulette—if you’re unsure of what drink you want, you can tell the bartender what elements you like, and they make something for you to try. However, he said that over the summer, customers tend to order lighter cocktails with clear spirits.
“On our house cocktail menu we have something called a Sage Advice,” said Ritchie. “It’s a Gin cocktail with lime, triple sec, honey and aromatic bitters. This is definitely a big seller during the summer, but also things with lemon, ginger and just stuff that is lighter.”
Molly Taylor, bartender at Radio Bar, also said lighter drinks with clear spirits become popular this time of year, she said drinks with darker alcohols are favored more in the fall and winter. Though this may be true, she said that an Old Fashioned is still one of the bar’s most popular drinks. As far as the bar’s spring cocktail menu goes, Taylor said a favorite drink of customers is something that can only be found at Radio Bar.
“It’s called a Jardin District,” said Taylor. “It has Gin, Crème de Violette, St. Germaine and lemon. It’s really refreshing and has a great lavender color.”
At Huey’s in downtown Baton Rouge, bartender Andrea Monteverdi said an Old Fashioned is a year-round favorite, but customers tend to like it more over the summer because of the cherry and orange flavors. Monteverdi said martinis are very popular over the summer, and that she makes a lot of fruity variations.
“A Martini called the French Kiss is really popular this time of year,” said Monteverdi. “It has pineapple juice, vanilla vodka, peach schnapps and raspberry. It’s super bright and really refreshing.”
So overall, it looks like Old Fashioned and fruity drinks are on the menu this summer. But whichever you choose, it’s sure to be a welcome relief from the Louisiana heat.

Photos by Kalynn Barnum.

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