SUMMER CALLS FOR refreshing cocktails that keep you cool. A great option is a long drink.
In most of the world, the term “long drink” refers to a variety of cocktails that contain an ounce or two of booze with a larger volume of seltzer, soda, juice, water, or another nonalcoholic beverage, says Ivan Papic, beverage director at Sweetbriar in New York City.
“They’re usually lighter in style and easier to drink,” he says. “They’re a great thirst quencher, which is great in summer months.”
Long drinks are sometimes referred to as “tall drinks,” and bar experts consider them to be the same as a highball, which contains a base spirit with a bigger portion of carbonated water or another nonalcoholic mixer. Whatever you call them, Papic says the cocktails are typically lower in alcohol and sugar (when you’re making your own using seltzer and not a sugary mixer).
“As the name suggests, it’s typically served in a long glass, known as a Collins, as it contains a large volume of liquid,” explains Kyle Bradshaw, chief marketing officer of The Finnish Long Drink.
If you’re looking for a refreshing summer drink and don’t want to mix one up yourself, here are some canned long drink options (both the Finnish and general varieties). Most have about as much alcohol in a beer, but fewer calories.
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