Good/Favorite Summer Cocktails?
Historically beer has been my choice beverage during the summer months, it goes so well with the outdoor activities of summer.
With that being said, this past weekend I was introduced to a new summer drink I'll be enjoying in the evenings, a simple gin and tonic. I've had gin and tonics before, but was never fond of them. Saturday night I had a gin and tonic mixed with Hendrick's gin and garnished with a cucumber, it was extremely refreshing, a drink I'll be having again.
My question, what else should I be trying this summer, what are you favorites?
I just remember this summer how much I used to love vodka gimlets. I've been making them with svedka vodka, rose's lime juice and a fresh lime wedge. Put all into (except lime wedge) a shaker filled with ice and shake it till my fingers freeze. Very refreshing for a hot summer day!
This summer at the bar I work at, a popular vodka has been the Absolut Ruby Red (grapefruit vodka).
Ways I like it:
Ruby Red & San Pelegrino Limonata
Ruby Red, tonic water, splash of grapefruit juice, splash of cranberry juice and a squeeze of lime. (A co-worker called this a "little pink dress" though I couldn't find it listed as such in any of my drink books.)
I had an Old Fashion the other day... damn I forgot how good they are! Definitely returning as a staple in my ordering.
Also, I found a killer recipe in the Seattle paper:
1.5oz Martin Miller's Gin: Westbourne Strength, 1oz St. Germain, 1oz fresh grapefruit juice, 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice, Soda
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice and shake. Strain
into a collins glass over ice, top with soda.
Very yummy and perfect for the summertime!
Yep, i think it's official. They are cliche. But I, too, grow my own mint for a good mojito. I also keep a cup of simple syrup in the fridge.
Someone else mentioned moscow mules - yum. I'm a fan.
I had the gin and cucumber drink too. Got the recipe out of Gourmet or Bon Appetit. It was okay, but not fabulous.
There is an interesting cocktail in the latest edition of Bon Appetit. A raspberry thyme smash made w/ Hendrick's gin, fresh lime juice, thyme and raspberries and a little simple syrup. Can't wait to try it.
Our latest fave is Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka and water over ice w/ a couple teaspoons of simple syrup and a squeezed wedge of lemon. You'd swear it was just a sweet tea.
Pimm's cup, made with Pimm's No 1, soda, cucumber and lime, I believe. the recipe is on the bottle. another refreshing summer drink, especially for those who are looking for a low alcohol one.
Negroni-2 parts gin, 1 part red vermouth, 1 part campari, serve over ice and garnish with orange slice.
Americano- equal parts sweet vermouth and campari in a tall glass topped off with plain soda and an orange peel.
Yellowbird- 2 parts vanilla vodka, 1 part alize (yellow) dash orange bitters, shake and serve up in cocktail glass with a lemon twist
Caipirina- muddle a lime that has been quartered with 1 1/2 tbsp turbinado sugar ( you cna use white but not as good) in a tall glass. fill with ice then add 2 oz. white cachaca(Brazilian cane liquor) such as 51, then top with soda. stir and watch out. these will kick your ass.
In addition to G&T's, I really enjoy a good Tom Collins: nice and summery and refreshing. Gin Fizzes are also good, and fairly similar. Rum cocktails are also nice: Mojitos, Daiquiris, Mai Tais, Hurricanes, Cuba Libres, and other "Tiki" drinks. Cosmos are also nice and refreshing. And let's not forget Margaritas! But Margaritas and Daiquiris should be made with lime juice, not sour mix, and I personally prefer them to be served straight up, not blenderized. No offense to those who enjoy slushy drinks - it's just not for me, except perhaps poolside.