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Thursday, July 4. 2019
A few Summery Cocktails
Summer really begins this weekend, up here, with Independence Day. Just a few summery links:
At a wedding a couple of weeks ago, this is all they were serving. Gallons of it.
My favorite cocktail regardless of season is a gin Martini with four olives. Vegetarian, organic, spiritual.
What are your favorite summertime adult beverages?
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Many kind thanks from all of us at Leite's Culinaria for mentioning our Southside Cocktail recipe! It's definitely the thing we turn to when it's sweltering outside.
As a dentist, You have hurt my fillings by saying that! Shame on you!
Summertime, and the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high
Bombay Sapphire, dry, up with a twist.
Shaken vigorously with very cold ice for the Slurpee effect, poured into a chilled glass.
Bombay Sapphire is 100 proof so has 25% more psychoactive ingredient per jigger - well worth the money, especially when following the ancient adage "rice is nice but liquor is quicker."
Gin and tonic with my newest favorite gin, Barr Hill gin. Made with honey by Caledonia Spirits in Hardwick, Vermont. Named after Barr Hill in nearby Greensboro, Vermont.
For a non-alcoholic drink I recommend Vermont Switchel. The original sports drink! When I was growing up on the farm, we used to drink this in the hayfield. Well, not exactly this recipe but something very similar. This recipe is better!
Bombay White label (has 2 fewer botanicals than Sapphire and is only 80 proof) Very Cold with 3 queen olives.
Wish they would bring back Tanqueray Malacca, Very good in a Gin and Tonic
Me too. Pretty much all I drink since it's always a hot day here.
Add a generous sot of bourbon and a sprig of mint. We call it a Happy Gilmore...
Rum & tonic, slice of lime. Amber rum, e.g. Mount Gay or Cockspur
Here it is July and I haven't made one yet this season, but you've got me thinking about a Ramos Gin Fizz. Or maybe an Aviation. Or maybe both.
For Minnesota's warm weather evenings I find the Negroni to be very refreshing.
A Campari and seltzer is the most refreshing drink I've ever had.
I love real pina coladas, but they're so messy to make we usually have them only once or twice a summer. Something you dedicate a hot evening to.
Try a 'dirty' gin martini. In addition to 2 gin, 1 dry vermouth, & 4 olives, add a small dose of the juice from the olive jar. Shake - do not stir.
I forgot to offer my felicitations and best wishes on the 4th of July!
-Peach Tea over ice
-Honey Whiskey (Evan Williams is the current favorite, unless we've been to Durango recently and stocked up on Honeyville Whiskey)
Add whiskey to tea to taste (but about 1 shot for starters), then add mint (smush it or "slap" it first to release oils).
Top the whole thing off with a peach sorbet made with frozen peaches, simple syrup, and lime juice. We like it on the tart side, since the drink is fairly sweet.
Tastes like summer...
Haven't had a mixed drink in years.
Back in the day I did like 8 year old Wild Turkey, ginger ale, and a twist of lemon.
Now I rarely even have a cold beer.
It's hell to get old.
I'm still drinking switchel (nonalcoholic) and gin & tonics with Barr Hill Gin! (See above, 2015, using my real name, George Putnam.)
Since 2015 I have discovered a special craft cocktail. It's called "Switchel in the Rye" and it is served at the Burlington, Vermont, tasting room of Mad River Distillers. It combines Revolution Rye by Mad River Distillers with switchel (and other things). Switchel comes from colonial times, and somehow it feels right to mix it with a spirit that has "Revolution" in the name. Plus it's delicious.
Happy Independence Day!
Prebyterian- I use 50/50 Bitter Lemon Tonic and Ginger Beer with a lemon wedge. Or a Greyhound - Gin, Grapefruit juice, splash of simple syrup, lime wedge. Can't go wrong with a TnT - Tanqueray and tonic.
Had my first Sidecar a couple of weeks ago in the Taproom at the Manila Hotel.