Summer is the season of barbecues, cocktail parties and enjoying the slow, sunny afternoons with friends.
As the days grow longer and temperatures rise, it’s finally time to launch into summer mode and get planning. The beach awaits, as does a bright summer cocktail and our favorite poolside spot. Just the right beverage kicks off an afternoon of ultimate relaxation while keeping you cool and refreshed in the sun.
In addition to your getaway plans, why not pick out a new summer drink to try alongside a new stylish bathing suit? After all, both speak to your sense of taste and style, so one can easily inspire the other. Not only will it look Instagram spectacular, but this game plan will ramp up your excitement for your long-awaited return to your beach towel.
Check out these chic bathing suit and cocktail pairings for your next summer gathering, beach trip or afternoon snooze by the pool.
Vince Camuto Riviera Solids Lace-Up U-Neck
Cocktail Pairing: The Paloma
Kick back in your favorite beach town in this playful peony-toned, one-piece suit with a pale pink cocktail. The Paloma is a sophisticated and modern choice, combining tequila, ruby grapefruit juice and a touch of agave syrup mixed with club soda and a splash of lime juice. The lively addition of bubbles freshens up this summer classic to match the suit’s tassel and lace-up suit accents. Both the cocktail and bathing suit balance dependable classic style with a few unique touches of modern detail.
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Cocktail: Island Paradise
Whether you’re vacationing in the islands or daydreaming of palm trees in your backyard, shake up this multicolored Island Paradise cocktail that borrows its floral hues from your tropical suit. Layer a tall glass with the sweetness of grenadine, pineapple juice and Blue Curacao before adding rum, vodka, and ice. Each layer of this eye-catching drink matches the pops of color in your suit, which is all tied together by a classic shape and built-in structure. Add a tropical flower on top of the glass to further accessorize your look and beverage.
Athena Cote d’Azur Off-Shoulder Maillot
Cocktail: Midnight Blue Margherita
When deeper, ocean-like tones are more your style, pair a refreshing summer drink with this rich blue ensemble. The Midnight Blue Margherita mixes Tequila Blanco, blue curacao, blueberry syrup and a few ounces of Meyer lemon juice. Garnish with a skewer of blueberries for a graceful touch, and to match the lacey top of this elegant swimsuit. Both unique in their summer style, this margarita surprises with its unique combo of berries and tequila while the suit stands out with its touch of lace.
Tommy Hilfiger Sporty Hippie Cross-Back
Cocktail: Boozy Green Lemonade
This option is perfect for those with an active lifestyle in and out of the pool. Pair with a green lemonade cocktail — a bit like a healthy smoothie with a boozy touch. Juice three celery stalks, a peeled apple, a handful of spinach, lemon juice and four ounces of the spirit of your choice. Anything from rum, vodka or gin combine well with these fresh ingredients. Top with some fizzy club soda or seltzer and a lemon wedge as a garnish. This earthy drink will match both in hue and energy of your new jaunty suit.
Finding new ways to bask in summer’s perks makes your upcoming resort and beach trip all the more exciting. Throw a cocktail party with your favorite friends and invite them to bring along a cocktail match with their own bathing suit to share and enjoy with the group.