Why Do Cocktails Taste Better in the Sun?

Is it a myth? Or do our favourite mixed beverages really taste better when we can sip them in the sunshine? There is something about relaxing outside that makes cocktails irresistible – who can sit in the sun without wanting something sweet and ice-cold to drink? So, what is the science behind it?

We Crave Cold Things

It’s perhaps obvious that hot weather makes us long for things that will cool us down. When it comes to cocktails, it’s rare that we will crave a Hot Toddy when the weather warms up. But a Strawberry Daiquiri would go down a treat!

We Drink More, Eat Less

You have probably noticed that when it’s really hot, you don’t want to eat as much. This is your brain’s way of helping to keep you cool. When your body is busy digesting food, it is warming you up on the inside. So, the less you eat, the cooler you’ll be.

However, you’ll be sweating more, so your body recognizes the risk of dehydration. That’s why you are naturally more thirsty. And while it can be tempting to reach for the nearest cocktail, this won’t actually do much for your dehydration. Make sure to break up your alcoholic drinks with plenty of water, so you can enjoy the sun without getting a headache or any of the other ailments that come from dehydration.

We Crave Sweet Things

It is a little less obvious as to why we crave sweet things when it is hot. This is also a sign of dehydration. When your body doesn’t have enough water, your liver suffers. It can no longer break down glycogen as easily. This means your blood doesn’t get enough glucose.

And what’s another word for glucose? Sugar! Craving sweet things is literally your body’s way of asking for some more water, please!

We Want to Celebrate the Sun

In the UK, at least, the sun is something to celebrate. It makes us feel good, it makes things look better, and it helps our gardens grow and our washing dry. Anything that makes our lives easier without costing us money is worth a cocktail or two!

So, next time you are sitting in the sun and thinking about having a cocktail, you can blame science for your impulses. Just remember to mix it up with water and fill your glass with plenty of ice to keep you cool.

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Suzanna H
Hi, I am Suzanna. I would describe myself as a bit of a foodie with a side-interest in fancy cocktails. Anything sweet and alcoholic and I'm in! I am also an avid writer, proofreader and editor and work freelance through the website People per Hour.


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