How To Pair A Drink With Your Favorite Summer Song

The song of the summer holds a kind of mythic power in a way no other hit songs do the rest of the calendar year. It could be the fact that we're more likely hear it at beach parties, cookouts, and on car trips. Or, perhaps it's because, in the winter, we're too busy listening to Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas" on repeat to wonder what other song will best capture the season.
While summer may be winding down, we're not ready to give up those sun-soaked tunes quite yet. Instead, we're taking it one step further with an even better way to enjoy some of the biggest hits: paired alongside a specialty cocktail. We looked at music videos, lyrics, and took some artistic license to ultimately figure out which song pairs best with each summery drink.
Ahead, a boozy suggestion for each of the tunes that keep cropping up on Spotify. Take a note from "Despacito" and sip slowly — we don't recommend trying all ten in one night.
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The Song: I'm The One, DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne
The Drink: Bloody Mary

"I'm The One" is a series of verses by various artists describing the person of their dreams. Aside from the fact that said person is a fan of bottle service ("She say she want bottles, she ain't got no table") we don't learn much about drink preferences. We do know, however, that there are several references to morning. While it may actual be alluding to something more risqué, there's another way to get your day started on the right foot, and that's with a classic Bloody Mary.
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The Song: Passionfruit, Drank
The Drink: Passionfruit Margarita

A passionfruit version is the perfect way to pay homage to Drake and his lovelorn ways. It might be a bit too on the nose, except our love for a good margarita, like our love for Canadian-born former-soap-star rappers knows no bounds.
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The Song: Malibu, Miley Cyrus
The Drink: Frosé

For a feeling as good as being in Malibu with the one you love, go with one of this summer's most iconic drinks perfect for hot, beach days. If, like Miley, you've never stood on a beach, you still have some time to do it before Labor Day, so get hopping.
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The Song: Cut to The Feeling , Carly Rae Jepsen
The Drink: Watermelon Bellini

A guaranteed good mood booster, "Cut To The Feeling" deserves a drink as effervescent as its lyrics. So, of course, we went with Champagne. But the vibe of the song calls for something a little more playful than just a flute of bubbly. Adding watermelon makes it a perfect late-summer drink that's easy to throw together for a dance party crowd.
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The Song: Bad Liar, Selena Gomez
The Drink: Tequila Sunrise

The music video for "Bad Liar" is straight-up 70s retro glory, probably a nod to the Talking Head's sample in the song. In honor of the visual and auditory debts the song owes the decade of disco, punk, and bell bottoms, why not go with a drink from that era? Tequila Sunrises were originally made popular thanks to musicians: The Rolling Stones made it the official cocktail of their 1972 U.S. tour, and the Eagles soon after recorded a song called "Tequila Sunrise."
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The Song: Location, Khalid
The Drink: Party Juice, or anything else you'd mix in a red cup

Even without watching the music video, Khalid's lyrics have the sense of chasing someone through a night of party hopping. And nothing quite typifies a night of chasing the next cool house party, frat party, or block party like a drink in a red solo cup. The appeal of a drink mixed in a red solo cup is, of course, its size rather than actual flavor. Thus "party juice," a beverage whose actual ingredients tend to be "whatever's in the cabinet," is a logical choice. Consider it a nostalgic reminder of a time in your life when squishing into a hot house party was still fun and nursing a three day hangover wasn't an issue.
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The Song: Carolina, Harry Styles
The Drink: Whiskey Ginger

Harry Styles' song title comes from the home state of the subject, though which Carolina is never specified. (Residents of both North and South Carolina both like to claim their state is the one that simply can be referred to by the singular name.) When it comes to classic Southern cocktails, there is, of course, the Mint Julep, but who has the time to crush ice and muddle mint? The Whiskey Ginger, which require little more than a whiskey cheap enough to mix with ginger ale and a squeeze of lime (if you want), is an easy way to enjoy a Southern classic without much fuss. They go down easy, but pack a punch; so, unless you are like the anonymous subject of the song ("There's not a drink that I think could sink her"), sip with care.
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The Song: Unforgettable, French Montana featuring Swae Lee
The Drink: Tropical Champagne Punch

French Montana tells us he has a drink but it's not Bacardi, and they're also popping bubbly. So we mixed the rum and champagne together in a perfect end-of-summer cocktail that features both kinds of booze mentioned in the song.
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The Song: Despacito, Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee
The Drink: Piña Colada

We defy you to watch the music video for "Despacito" and not crave this classic rum drink that also hails from Puerto Rico. It's even been the national drink since 1978. While we know Luis Fonsi is referring to activities other than drinking when he croons "despacito," or "slowly," we also think it's a good warning for the best way to enjoy a drink that can make rum go down dangerously fast.
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The Song: Green Light, Lorde
The Drink: The Last Word

If you're looking for a different drink to order at the same bar, may we suggest the Last Word? It gets its green hue from Chartreuse, a liqueur made from 130 different herbs and plants. The name itself also fits in with the mood of the song, since Lorde is singing about wanting to get the last word in — but can't let go.