The Conga Cooler was one of the many potions created by head barman Pancho Morales at Tommy’s Place in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, in the early 1940s. Signs over the bar advertised drinks to “Hemingway types” and soldiers who were living in the moment.
The Sazerac Bar, with its long walnut counter, and the elegant Blue Room, continue to serve happy patrons this historical cocktail. Both the Roosevelt Hotel and the Sazerac cocktail have withstood the test of time.
Bartending legend Dale DeGroff keeps it simple with his watermelon cooler, which is a supereasy combination of sauvignon blanc, St-Germain, watermelon juice, and a small dose of agave syrup.
When it comes to one of the more ubiquitous portmanteaus in cocktails— frosé, aka frozen rosé—summertime is the right time to break out the blender.