Drinks that Beat the Heat

cocktails
Drinks that beat the heat.Michael Kraus

Book Club Sangria
This is serious sangria, from the good ladies of the Junior League of Houston. It's brandy and red wine infused with peaches and pineapple and brightened with ginger ale.

Kentucky Club Margarita
Though this bold shaken cocktail originated in Mexico at Juarez's Kentucky Club, across the border from El Paso, Texans now claim it as their own.

Michelada
To all those who say you can't improve on an ice-cold beer, we submit the michelada: a tart-savory eye-opener of beer, Tabasco, worcestershire, and fresh lime juice.

Longhorn Bull Shot
Here is the cattleman's answer to savory cocktails like the bloody mary: beef stock, vodka, Tabasco, and lime juice served over ice. It'll knock the dust off your spurs.

Cucumber Cooler
This refreshing mix of vodka, cucumber, thyme, and simple syrup was born at the Gage Hotel in Marathon, where it is traditionally made with Savvy Vodka from Austin.

Blackberry liqueur gives this jewel of a cocktail, which was popular in cantinas along the Texas-Mexico border during World War II, its garnet color. Tequila or gin gives it its kick.