6 years ago

Must-try: Session cocktails

Looking for mixed drinks that won’t leave you with a powerful headache the next day? Session cocktails are the perfect solution! Similar to session beers, these super sippers have a lower alcohol content, so you can enjoy more than one drink without becoming overly intoxicated – perfect for parties or long, leisurely summer barbecues.

Most bartenders define low-alcohol cocktails as drinks made with mostly low-proof liquor (under 20 percent ABV), and/or drinks that involve a full-proof spirit rinse, a bar technique in which less than an ounce of a strong ingredient (not always booze) is used to coat or “rinse” the inside of a glass to add extra flavor. After a bartender glosses the glass, he/she pours out the excess liquid.

Here are three of our favorite session cocktails!

Aperol Spritzer:
1 ½ ounce Aperol + 2 ounces Grapefruit La Croix + 2 ounces Prosecco.

St-Germain Cocktail:
1 ½ ounces St-Germain liqueur + 2 ounces Champagne + 2 ounces club soda.
Squeeze in a slice of lemon or garnish with a lemon twist.

Ginger Shandy:
Equal parts lager + ginger beer.

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