ith summer in full swing, nothing is
more fitting than a frosty glass of
your favorite warm-weather liba-
tion. We’re here to help you beat the
heat with a spin on a few summertime classics.
If you prefer a malty delight to a spirited cocktail, we have also included our top go-to summer brew.
Spritzy red sparkler
Originating in Spain—where the summertime heat can be nearly impossible to escape—
sangria has become a staple for light and fruity
refreshment. My pick (of course) is Kirkland
Signature™ Red Sangria, which is lightly sweetened and displays bright notes of citrus fruit
and Mediterranean spice.
I love to dress up our ready-to-drink sangria
with freshly muddled summer berries and
orange slices. For those who like a little spritz in
their summertime beverages, I recommend a
generous float of your favorite sparkling wine or
Gin is my preferred spirit in the warmer
months. Unlike vodka, which is fairly neutral in
flavor, gin is distilled with a range of fragrant
botanicals (often including juniper, citrus peel,
herbs and spices), and it can add personality to
If you’re looking for something more
sophisticated than vodka-spiked lemonade for
your next summertime soiree, opt for a refined
twist on the classic gin and tonic. Pair one part
Kirkland Signature London Dry Gin with two
parts of your favorite tonic water, then add a
dash of elderflower liqueur and a squeeze of
lime for a libation that’s sure to impress your
guests. The aromatic complexity of the gin, coupled with the sweetness of the elderflower and
the zing from the lime, makes for a superb summer sipper.
Favorite summer brew
Pilsners have become a regular presence in
taprooms and breweries across the U.S. in
recent months, and balmy summer afternoons
are the perfect time to enjoy one of these crisp
and delicately hopped lagers. Pilsner-style beers
are light-bodied and golden in color, and are
characterized by a refined bitterness that pairs
well with spicy and intensely flavored foods.
My tip: Try an ice-cold Kirkland Signature
Czech-Style Pilsner (found in our Kirkland
Signature Craft Ales Variety Pack) at your next
barbecue for a delightful pairing.
is an assistant
buyer in Costco’s
beer, wine and
Red, white and brew
Celebrate a hot Fourth with a cold one in your hand
by KAITLYN BAUER
You’ll find Kirkland
Dry Gin and the
Craft Ales Variety
Pack in Costco
alcohol is sold.