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Favorite Summer Drink? (Alcoholic)

For me, it's simple, a modified cape codder:

Highball glass, fill with ice
1.5 oz vodka
0.5 lime, juiced
Fill with equal parts Cranberry Juice and Soda (Seltzer).

Light, refreshing, a bit of a kick but not too much.

What are you summer drink suggestions?

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  1. 1 oz. tequila
    .5 oz lime juice (fresh, not Rose's)
    1 oz. vodka
    .5 oz. creme de banane
    mango nectar ( to fill out whatever glass size you're using...use a larger martini glass.)

    Shake with ice and strain into glass.

    Sip and enjoy.

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    1. re: cayjohan

      tanqueray tgonic w/lime...refreshing

    2. Gin Rickey

      2 oz Gin (beefeater)
      3/4 oz lime

      build in a collins glass over ice, top with soda.

      So tasty and refreshing.

      1. There is this restaurant I use to work at that had the best martini I have ever tasted! I don't remember how much of everything you use but it consisted of Champane, Bacardi O and peach syryp with a cherry and it was delicous!

        I also tend to drink more beer in the summer but lately I mix the beer with tomato juice. Delicious!

        1. Don't have a name for this one, but I have been enjoying it the last few days:

          2 parts Brandy or Cognac
          1 part Orange Jc
          1 part Pomegranate Jc (Pom Wonderful, or other)
          1/2 part amaretto
          2 dashes Orange Bitters

          Shake with ice, and strain/up for cocktail, or serve on ice in a tall glass.

          1. 50/50 Carlo Rossi White Grenache and club soda with a twist of lime. Addictive, and a perfect complement to bbq pork. Dirt cheap too if you buy the 3 liter jug!

            1. Perhaps overly traditional....
              Gin and Tonic, lots of lime
              Anchor Stream

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              1. re: ccbweb

                couldn't agree with you more - except, in Canada, switch the Anchor Steam for a Steam Whilstle

                1. re: ccbweb

                  Yeah, G&T with a big squeeze of lime.

                2. Minute Maid Limonada or Limeade with some ice cold Absolut and a lime wedge hanging over side of glass...amazing!!

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                  1. re: bac528

                    i like making frozen lemonade with vodka and blending it into a slurry

                  2. Lately I've been kicking back limoncello with diet tonic, on the rocks. Sometimes I add a splash of pear-peach italian soda.

                    Also, a splash of limoncello in the iced tea is good. It's like a (delicious, alcoholic) twist of lemon.

                    1. Try it with the Knudsen's unsweetened cranberry juice. It's amazing!

                      1. I have a problem with carbonation sometimes as well as acidic fruit juices (orange, pineapple). (Of course with these issues, should I be drinking alcohol? Probably not but what the hell....)

                        Anyway, I LOVE the light blue or light purple gatorade mixed with coconut rum. And it is so festive looking I have several people hooked on this drink. (Of course I can't order this in a bar, this is out by the pool only)

                        1. I modified this favorite served at the Left Bank

                          Louis Malle (traditional)
                          French lemonade
                          Alizé Gold Passion (passionfruit & cognac)

                          Louis Malle (modified)
                          Meyer Lemon honey sweetened lemonade
                          Passionfruit juice (in bar bottle; see BevMo link below)
                          E&B Brandy "float"

                          The original Alize was just too expensive for weekly consumption, what with bringing large batches to Little League games :-) It does have a facinating wiki entry (from a brand management standpoint.


                          1. Gin and bitter lemon regularly.

                            Meyer lemon Cosmos are wifey's fave right now (at least til the lemons run out).

                            1. Well, this has no name that I know of, but it sure is just right for me on a hot summer afternoon.
                              Robinsons Lemon Barley Water, to taste(it's concentrated and pretty tart)
                              seltzer to fill

                              The Gin is in the freezer, the Robinsons Lemon Barley Water and seltzer are always in the frig.

                              1. Campari and soda ... it just tastes like summer.

                                1. mojitos rule.

                                  i know it's a chain, but bahama breeze makes the best mojitos around my neck of the woods because they use fresh pressed sugar cane juice instead of simple syrup.

                                  1. Last night, perhaps inspired by another thread, I sipped Sauza Tres Generaciones with a couple of ice cubes in it. I actually sighed after the first taste.

                                    1. Schweppes Bitter Lemon and vermouth is nice, cool and light...maybe a bit of lemon or lime added too.

                                      1. Gin and tonic, gin rickey, gin and ginger ale (does this have a name?), etc.

                                        Another good combination is coconut rum with lots of fresh lime juice and soda to top it off.

                                        Last night out with friends had the most amazing "rhubarb drop" that I'm now trying to replicate - vodka, rhubarb puree, a little simple syrup and...??? Any suggestions?

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                                        1. re: kkbriggs

                                          How about real Maple syrup as the sweetener?

                                        2. Pimm's Cup Cocktail

                                          Place a few cubes of ice in Collins glass
                                          Pour one measure of Pimm's #1 Cup
                                          Top with Ginger Ale or English-style "lemonade"
                                          Garnish with sliced cucumber, orange and apple.
                                          (For extra strength, add a trickle or two of gin)

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                                          1. re: Fozzie_Bear

                                            The U.S. equivalent of "English-style lemonade" is really just Sprite or 7-Up.

                                            I prefer Pimm's Cups with ginger ale.

                                          2. NASA Truth Serum:

                                            In large glass with ice:
                                            2 parts peach schnapps
                                            2 parts Malibu coconut rum
                                            1 part orange juice
                                            Fill with pineapple juice
                                            Top with splash of vodka

                                            1. The best summer drink is a Mount Gay Rum & tonic, with lots of limes, over ice.

                                              I also like campari & sodas with lime.

                                              1. Cocojitos: mojitos made with coconut rum - and don't forget the mint and sugarcane swizzle stick!
                                                Hypnotic and Pineapple on the rocks
                                                Sangria - a nice summer variety that uses peaches or nectarines, strawberries, cava, vanilla liqueur and mint leaves and a little lime or lemon juice

                                                1. The recipe does not do service at all to the outcome! This drink is so refreshingly exciting that I promise you will not be disappointed and will certinly crave more than one!

                                                  Mojito Slushy (Recipe courtesy Tyler Florence)

                                                  1 cup sugar
                                                  1 cup water
                                                  1/2 cup fresh lime juice, about 4 to 6 limes
                                                  1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, firmly packed
                                                  2 limes, zested
                                                  1/2 cup light rum
                                                  8 cups crushed ice
                                                  Mint sprigs and lime wedges, for garnish

                                                  In a saucepan over medium heat, add the sugar and water. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often, until the sugar is dissolved and the syrup is clear. Set aside to cool.

                                                  Put the sugar syrup, lime juice, mint leaves, lime zest, and rum into a blender and blend until smooth. Add the ice and blend until slushy. Spoon into glasses; garnish with a sprig of mint and a lime slice.

                                                  1. Mojito made with 1 lime, a tsp. of sugar syrup, lots of mint, crushed ice, rum and soda water.
                                                    Gin and tonic with double lime, but the tonic must be Schweppes.
                                                    Margarita made with fresh lime juice, triple sec or cointreau, good quality tequila. No mixes! I drink them on the rocks or straight up as a margarita-tini kind of thing.
                                                    Mint julep made with bourbon, sometimes some lemon and sugar syrup and LOTS of crushed ice, served in my sterling julep cups. (Can't have these too often, though. The drinking of same precludes any productive activity for the rest of the evening.)

                                                    1. Alize Gold in a large snifter with some cracked ice...smells heavenly, summery...and tastes even better. :)

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                                                      1. re: MartiniQueen

                                                        Aaaargh! A snifter with ice in it! My eyes, my eyes!

                                                        Nails on a chalkboard.

                                                      2. Somewhat repeating my post from a similar recent thread:

                                                        In hot weather, I tend to prefer drinks that aren't too strong, so I can continue sipping, and balance is important: overly sweet drinks cloy very quickly. That leads me to highballs like the Americano (Campari, sweet vermouth, soda), Moscow Mule (a quality ginger beer, vodka, and half a lemon), the Beton (Becherovka, a Czech potable bitters, and tonic with a slice of lemon), vodka or bourbon with fresh homemade lemonade, sangria (many good recipes on this board), tinto de verano (basically cheap red wine mixed with an equal amount of lemon/lime soda). Mojitos are pleasant enough, but seem kind of tired, and they are the bane of the busy bartender's existence.

                                                        If I want something stronger, I often lean toward clear-liquor based cocktails: caipirinha, Pisco Sour, an up Margarita (my current recipe is 1 fresh OJ, 2 simple syrup, 3 fresh lime juice, 4 Marie Brizzard Triple Sec, 8 pure-agave blanco tequila, salt rim), Tiki cocktails like the Trader Vic's Mai Tai, the traditional Daiquiri (fresh lime juice, a little bit of sugar, light rum, served up).

                                                        I recently did a rum-a-palooza party, making pina coladas (with fresh pineapple, crucial), Stardusts (rum, fresh lemon juice, and Parfait Amour -- thank you, B-Side Lounge), banana daiquiris (delicious, no need for added simple syrup), and my rum punch, among others.

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                                                        1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                          I'm rather partial to Palomas right now.

                                                        2. I've said this before but at least I'm consistent. I like the Provencal Roses.

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                                                          1. re: inuksuk

                                                            I'm with you -- nothing like nice cool rose in the shade.

                                                          2. I can't seem to settle on just one. when the weather's hot, I like Gin and bitter lemon, Aviation cocktails, Pimm's Cups, Mint Juleps, Amarena Gimlets, Mojitos, Capirinhas, and any variation of these that happen to come out of my experiments

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                                                            1. re: chazzerking

                                                              I would second the caipirinhas. I dont really care for the traditional pimms cup but recently tried pimms with a cranberry soda. I was actually wonderfully refreshing. I was uncertain whether these two items which I do not like by themselves(the soda was treacly sweet to my buds) made a magic combo together. I think gin is wonderful mixed simply - tonic, grapefruit juice

                                                              1. re: chazzerking

                                                                I left out last summer's invention which is basically a mojito, made with basil instead of mint, gold rum(usually Mt. Gay, or Cruzan Estate), turbinado sugar, lime and fresh grated ginger. assembly is like a regular mojito wit the ginger muddled with the lime and sugar before adding the basil. I will also add a drop of Regan's Orange bitters on occasion, if it strikes me when I'm fixing them.

                                                                1. re: chazzerking

                                                                  Dang, that sounds good. Never liked mojitos because of the mint. What are the proportions?

                                                                  1. re: pollystyrene

                                                                    for 1 drink; in a double old fashioned or rocks glass, muddle 1/2 of a large lime(cut in 1/4ths first, it makes muddling a lot easier) with a Tbsp of turbinado sugar(demerara works fine too) and 2 tsp fresh grated ginger, until the lime is completely juiced, then add about 6-8 basil leaves(thai basil works best, but the regular stuff is fine as well. if using Thai, increase to 10-12 leaves. muddle until leaves are crushed. then add 3 oz. light rum (see above) and add a drop or 2 of orange bitters, and fill the glass with crushed ice. stir to combine and add a splash of plain soda or water and serve with a straw. repeat as necessary.

                                                              2. I can't remember the name of it, but my number 1 summer drink consists of:

                                                                50ml gin (Tanq 10 or Hendricks works nicely)
                                                                35ml elderflower cordial/St Germain
                                                                35ml cloudy apple juice
                                                                5ml simple syrup
                                                                1 inch of cucumber, cut up into small dice
                                                                6 mint leaves

                                                                Shake and FINE strain into an ice-filled highball glass and top with soda water.

                                                                1. a) Campari & soda
                                                                  b) Pastis, preferably Ricard

                                                                  1. Beefeaters and tonic with a lime.

                                                                    1. Campari and soda
                                                                      Sparkling Negroni
                                                                      Really high end Italian vermouth with an orange peel and soda, on ice. Currently, it's Carpan0 Antica

                                                                      1. Pimm's Cup for Summer is delightful...and with Indian food too.

                                                                        1. Tiki drinks! The Mai Tai is probably my favorite drink. When the sun comes out I gravitate towards rum.

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                                                                          1. re: pb n foie

                                                                            If a Mai Tai is summery and Campari is summery, then is a Campari-based Bitter Mai Tai positively sun drenched? Given the other drinks you like, PBnF, I think you'd really like it. The combination of Caribbean rum and Italian Campari took me a drink or two to get my head around.

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                                                                            1. re: EvergreenDan

                                                                              Cool! I will be trying this sometime in the next few days or maybe tonight!

                                                                              1. re: pb n foie

                                                                                Skin Diver is amazing - it is a tiki drink in the beach bum remixed book

                                                                                check it out and let me know what you think

                                                                                it is a bit more effort to make than a mai tai (that one is memorized heh) but it is worth it if you have the blender out

                                                                                there is a good coffee one if it is a dayside at the pool or early morning at the pool with licor 43 that is great - i cannot remember the name of it right now...ill have to get the book out later

                                                                                  1. re: invinotheresverde

                                                                                    summertime drinks make me think of drinking, at the pool, in the morning :)

                                                                                    it is called otto's grotto p. 160 of beachbum berry remixed - licor 43 is pretty interesting on its own - so it think it is worth the investment for the bar

                                                                                    on the same page as the skin diver p156 the saturn is also a good drink that is a gin drink though, but very light and refreshing

                                                                                    those are the best 3 that i have made out of the book that are less known and all work great for summer - skin diver is still my fav

                                                                              2. Daiquiris and/or a rum and ginger ale highball.

                                                                                1. The Caipirinha-
                                                                                  1/2 lime, quartered
                                                                                  1 teaspoon white sugar
                                                                                  2 1/2 fluid ounces cachaca
                                                                                  1 cup ice cubes

                                                                                  1. We just had 3 days in the 90's so it was Caipirinhas for us this week.