Slideshow: The Best Drinks We Drank in July

Creek-Chilled Rosé
Creek-Chilled Rosé
"The best thing I drank this month was Domaine Mosse Vin de France Mama Rosé, a light-bodied, orange-tinted rosé made from Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Fun fact: it's named after a jazz poem that Archie Shepp wrote in honor of Malcolm X! In any event, the fact that I drank this particular bottle while cooling off in a creek in the Catskills didn't exactly hurt its chances of being named best drink this month."—Jamie Feldmar, Managing Editor

[Photo: Jamie Feldmar]

Algren's Sling at Billy Sunday, Chicago
Algren's Sling at Billy Sunday, Chicago
"I've never had a bad drink at Billy Sunday, but none have been anywhere near as much fun as Algren's Sling. The drink gets a boozy base of New Western Gin and Three Pins, but is balanced by pineapple, lemon, and cherried Angostura. Perhaps it was the 90 degree day or the cool coconut shell cup, but our table couldn't help but order a couple rounds." —Nick Kindelsperger, Chicago Editor
Watermelon Agua Fresca
Watermelon Agua Fresca

"There's a dude with a big pickup truck who parks on the corner of my block every day to sell watermelons, collard greens, and four different types of peanuts (roasted, boiled, canned, and butter!). The pickup is about 2 inches off the ground because the back is loaded up with watermelons that he picks up from who knows where. All I know is they are invariably sweet and delicious. This morning my wife and I blended some up with a bit of water and lime juice into refreshing watermelon aguas frescas. I can't think of a more refreshing drink on a hot and humid New York summer day."—J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, Chief Creative Officer

[Photograph: whatscookinwithmary via Photograzing]

Frozen Bud Lite Lime-a-rita
Frozen Bud Lite Lime-a-rita
"Thanks to the insane heat wave we suffered for most of July, I've mostly been drinking cheap Asian beer and lots of Campari and soda. But then came Ben's Bud Lite Lime-a-rita day and I found something even more refreshing, a taste of this frozen margarita spinoff. Yes, I was skeptical. And yes, I still can't believe I liked it. But shut up, it was delicious. And come the next heat wave I may make one for myself."—Max Falkowitz, SENY Editor

[Photo: Robyn Lee]

Watermelon Pisco cocktail at Cripple Creek popup at Tales of the Cocktail
Watermelon Pisco cocktail at Cripple Creek popup at Tales of the Cocktail
"At Booty's Street Food in New Orleans, they've got a killer watermelon agua fresca, so substantial it's almost chewable, with salt and pepper so that it almost seems like a drinkable salad. It's excellent on its own, and equally excellent as a cocktail--at a Tales of the Cocktail pop-up, the guys behind Cripple Creek used it as a base and shook it with lime, vermouth, and Barsol pisco with a beer float."—Carey Jones, cocktail and Ask a Bartender contributor

[Photo: Carey Jones]

Los Siete Misterios Arroqueño Mezcal
Los Siete Misterios Arroqueño Mezcal
"I tried this at the Fancy Food Show, a sprawling specialty food trade show and sample-fest in NYC. I just got a small sip, maybe half of a teaspoon, but I've been thinking about it ever since. This Los Siete Misterios Arroqueño Mezcal was by far the best mezcal I've had. The range of flavors was unbelievable. It retails at around $90 a bottle, so it's firmly in splurge territory, but would definitely be worth it."—Autumn Giles, cocktail contributor

[Photo: Autumn Giles]

Carton Brewing's Boat Beer
Carton Brewing's Boat Beer
"I picked up a growler of Carton Brewing's Boat Beer at Bierkraft in Park Slope. It's a great summer beer: refreshing, (relatively) low alcohol, but still flavorful and hoppy."—Paul Cline, developer
Kumquat and Lime Juice from Teado
Kumquat and Lime Juice from Teado

This sweet and tart drink from Teado is great on a hot day. And only $2! —Robyn Lee, AHT editor and staff photographer

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Carbonated celery gimlets at ChefSteps in Seattle
Carbonated celery gimlets at ChefSteps in Seattle
"ChefSteps isn't a bar, it's a culinary laboratory. When I was there recently for a press event they served these carbonated celery gimlets. Celery sounds like a funny thing to put in a drink, but on a hot and humid day, this was about the most refreshing cocktail I could imagine."—Naomi Bishop, Seattle contributor

[Photo: Naomi Bishop]