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Jun 24, 2006 01:23 AM

Taking this out for a Spin -- Summer Cocktails

Ooh! A spirits board!

So, as the weather gets hot, apparently everywhere in the U.S. (according to the L.A. Times weather map today) does anyone have any suggestions of fantastic summer cocktails? I drink vinho verde and corona until the cows come home, but I guess that's another forum. I get a little tired of gin and tonics.

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  1. Been drinking Absolut Citron and tonics, with a lime quarter all afternoon today, Mmmmmmmmm.

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    1. re: ChinoWayne

      One of the cooks at work loves absolut ruby red with tonic. I don't drink vodka much, but it was pretty good.

    2. I suggest:

      --French 75
      --Mojito (as cliche as it has become, it's a great summer drink)
      --Caiparinha (see Mojito)
      --Something with Campari
      --My husband suggests the Dr. Funk cocktail for summer. Recipe:
      --Mai tai, scorpions, and all those other Polynesiana/Trader Vics-ian drinks

      1. Beyond G+Ts, I default to Campari and soda or Stone's Original Ginger Wine and soda, the former ideally with a squeeze of orange and the latter with lime, though I can be too lazy to add either, if it's that kid of day (or i can cheat and buy lime seltzer for my Stone's). I also like Lillet blond with soda (it's too sweet for me to drink straight).

        Those are my easy outs, when I jut want something tall and cold to right now!

        I love anything ginger, and I have two favorite ginger cocktails from restaurants in NYC (and luckily, the recipes for them), the ginger (gin) and tonic from Gramercy Tavern and the Lime Drop (with gin and ginger) from Tabla that are great for summer when the heat lets up enough that I want to do more than open two bottles.

        1. I'm getting a little into the Pisco Sours lately...

          1. Ya know what I like this time of year: A portonic. Equal parts of white port and tonic water over ice, with a wedge of lemon or lime.

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            1. re: Joe Blowe

              I just discovered something very similar, and I'm now addicted: tall glass, ice, half filled with red wine, half with Sprite (I've been using diet--I know, but you can't tell), wedge of lemon or lime. It's actually a lot better than it sounds.

              1. re: ITurnedOutTV

                That sounds like the Original Wine Cooler. I believe it was originally concocted by river rats somewhere off the Colorado River...