When it’s the height of summer and you’re running around behind the back bar, it’s difficult to stay cool.

Especially if you’re working a double, by the time your second shift rolls around, it can seem impossible to stay feeling fresh towards the end of the night. But there are some things you can do to help you cool down and feel revived in the heat of summer. Check out these four expert tips, brought to you by America’s best dressed bourbon inside and out Bib & Tucker, to give you a pick-me-up the next time you’re feeling worn down by summer’s hottest days.

Accessorize Your Updo

Tying your hair up in the summer is a no-brainer. It keeps the strands out of your face and has a cooling effect by keeping your locks off your neck. But you can also have fun with your ‘do by tying it up with a colorful scarf or some fun barrettes, which are very in style at the moment. We also love experimenting with braids to really keep hair out of the way.

Keep a Cooling Spray Handy

If you’ve never tried a cooling spray before, you’re about to become a believer. Brands like Evian and Avène package mineral and spring waters that come out as hydrating mists, which will make hot, tired skin feel dewey and fresh. Keep a bottle handy behind the bar and give yourself a cooling, allover mist when you’re feeling worn out or overheated.

Find a Light Fragrance You Love

We always have extra deodorant in our bags come summer, especially if we’re working or running around all day. But another way to make yourself feel a little bit fresher into the afternoon or late night hours is to keep a light, fresh fragrance on hand. Stay away from heavier scents with notes of wood or spice, as they will likely smell too strong in hot weather. Rather, look for refreshing notes like citrus and florals that will make you feel anew.

Wear Waterproof Makeup

If you wear makeup, you know how melty it can feel after a long day working in the heat. Waterproof formulas are your best friend in the summer because they stay put longer and help reduce the mid-shift raccoon eye. For bonus points, invest in a quality makeup setting spray, and use it as the finishing touch of your getting ready routine to give makeup even more staying power.

If all else fails, reach for a cooling, satisfying beverage to cool you down and give you a refreshing jolt. The Trinidad Sour from Bib & Tucker is just the thing to mix up during the season’s warmest days.

Trinidad Sour, cocktail with lemon peel garnish

Trinidad Sour

Trinidad Sour


  • 1 part Bib & Tucker 6 Year Old Bourbon
  • 1 part Orgeat
  • 1 part Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 part Angostura Bitters
  • Lemon Wheel (to Garnish)

Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Save lemon for the garnish. Served neat in a coupe glass.