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Summer Time ...What's your drink??

bigmamasnest Jul 4, 2013 04:43 PM

Oh I love the warm Rays and the drinks that go with them, White sangria, gin and tonic...What do you have in your hand to drink?? Is there something I should try?

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    autumm RE: bigmamasnest Jul 4, 2013 05:05 PM

    Currently sipping a dark n Jerry (dark and stormy with a splash of sailor jerry).

    My big summer drink is a rhubarb gin fizz. Home infused rhubarb vodka (working on infusing gin right now) with gin and some lime, simple syrup and club soda. Yummy!

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      hambone RE: autumm Jul 8, 2013 02:14 PM

      I made a simple syrup the other day: rhubarb (half dozen big stalks from my neighbor), two pints of blueberries, a palm full of black pepper corns (whole -- ~1T), 3C sugar, 6C water. Bring to boil, drop heat, simmer till the rhubarb is soft.

      Mash it all, pour through chinois and cool.

      Pour over ice, plymouth gin and a splash of ginger ale. Very refreshing.

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        bigmamasnest RE: hambone Jul 8, 2013 03:53 PM

        That sounds Fantastic!!

    2. tim irvine RE: bigmamasnest Jul 4, 2013 07:59 PM

      Eyrie Pinot Gris is essence of summer to me. My favorite non-wine adult beverage is Campari soda with a slice of orange. Soda first and the Campari sinks so you don't have to stir it, thereby keeping it extra sparkly.

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        sunshine842 RE: tim irvine Jul 5, 2013 04:59 PM

        Mine's Campari with orange juice. SO refreshing.

        Otherwise, it's rum with about anything, or a crisp French-style rosé, nicely chilled.

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          pinehurst RE: tim irvine Jul 10, 2013 01:33 PM

          I find Campari incredibly refreshing.

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          TombstoneShadow RE: bigmamasnest Jul 4, 2013 09:00 PM

          Summer beers... wheat beers, fruit beers, and fruit-infused wheat beers :)

          I don't rotate wines seasonally much. Had a chardonnay with a seafood app and a cabernet with a lamb entree, last week...

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            Billy33 RE: bigmamasnest Jul 5, 2013 01:07 AM

            Pimms with ginger ale. Cider (actually, that's my year-round drink).

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              1sweetpea RE: Billy33 Jul 5, 2013 06:18 PM

              Have you ever tried Pimm's with lemon soda? I mix a can of Pellegrino Limonata with a few ounces of Pimm's, fresh lemon juice and lots of ice. It's a great drink to nurse on a hot day.

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                grayelf RE: 1sweetpea Jul 18, 2013 11:11 PM

                I like my Pimm's Cup with lemonade. And a couple of spears of cucumber.

            2. kattyeyes RE: bigmamasnest Jul 5, 2013 06:55 AM

              Buddha's hand vodka soda with a squeeze of lemon is my new favorite summer thing.

              Any of the flavored Polar seltzers are, of course, refreshing on their own and fun to spike with your weapon of choice, a squeeze of citrus, maybe mint and a little simple syrup. They have nice summer flavors this year--cucumber melon and ginger lemonade to name two. More info here:

              Cucumber vodka is also on deck for further experimentation this year. A local bar makes a cucumber drink with muddled hot pepper just for one eye deer.

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                bigmamasnest RE: kattyeyes Jul 5, 2013 04:45 PM

                Thanks for sharing :)

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                PAO RE: bigmamasnest Jul 5, 2013 10:32 AM

                Cucumber agua fresca, which you can doctor with tequila or vodka or the booze of your choice.

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                  bigmamasnest RE: PAO Jul 5, 2013 04:44 PM

                  Do tell..how do you make this??

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                    1sweetpea RE: PAO Jul 5, 2013 06:20 PM

                    I make tamarind agua fresca, but also mix a less diluted, mildly sweetened tamarind liquid with tequila.

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                    mse924 RE: bigmamasnest Jul 5, 2013 10:55 AM

                    Brandy slush! Very much a Wisconsin summer beverage. My parents' house always has a big gallon ice cream bucket full of it in the freezer all summer long. Scoop out into a glass and top with a splash of 7Up. I like to toss in a handful of fresh or frozen fruit into the glass as well.

                    1. foodieX2 RE: bigmamasnest Jul 5, 2013 11:09 AM

                      I try to keep some kind of homemade lemonade on hand, usually made with mint or ginger simple syrup. Add a healthy splash of vodka and st Germaine and its a perfect summer cocktail.

                      I drink a lot of Rose in the summer too.

                      If course some nights only a G&T or a cucumber cooler will do. :)

                      1. JayL RE: bigmamasnest Jul 5, 2013 12:56 PM

                        Ice cold Carib beer

                        Ice cold Shandy Carib...ginger beer


                        Gin & Tonic with Cardinal gin...artisinal gin made in North Carolina.

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                          aynrandgirl RE: bigmamasnest Jul 5, 2013 01:27 PM

                          Strawberry lemonade
                          fruity margaritas

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                            mike0989 RE: bigmamasnest Jul 5, 2013 02:12 PM

                            A nice dry rose or a vinho verde. For nonalcohol, I like Arnold Palmers.

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                              kattyeyes RE: mike0989 Jul 5, 2013 04:59 PM

                              I had to read your second sentence again before I remembered the alcoholic version of the Arnold Palmer is the John Daly! HA HA HA! I actually saw it on a menu and cracked up. :)

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                                bigmamasnest RE: kattyeyes Jul 5, 2013 05:37 PM

                                lol That is funny hehehe

                            2. juliejulez RE: bigmamasnest Jul 5, 2013 04:50 PM

                              For beer, Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy (lemon) is my go to in the summer.

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                                bigmamasnest RE: juliejulez Jul 5, 2013 05:36 PM


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                                  kattyeyes RE: bigmamasnest Jul 5, 2013 05:39 PM

                                  Redd's Apple Ale is pretty darned refreshing, too, while we're being fruity. :)

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                                Querencia RE: bigmamasnest Jul 5, 2013 05:41 PM

                                Alc: pina colada the consistency of snow.
                                Non-alc: cranberry juice 50-50 with Vernor's Ginger Ale.

                                1. Bill Hunt RE: bigmamasnest Jul 5, 2013 09:16 PM

                                  Usually Sauvignon Blanc, but that can change, depending on what I am interested in - maybe an Albariño?


                                  1. ipsedixit RE: bigmamasnest Jul 5, 2013 09:30 PM

                                    Taiwanese sour plum juice ... spiked with vodka. Sometimes.

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                                      sunshine842 RE: ipsedixit Jul 6, 2013 06:15 AM

                                      other times, you drink the vodka straight. :)

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                                        bigmamasnest RE: sunshine842 Jul 8, 2013 02:03 PM

                                        Yes there are those times :)

                                    2. hambone RE: bigmamasnest Jul 8, 2013 02:24 PM

                                      I've been making a very tart bourbon drink the last few hot weeks here in NYC. I'm pleased with it.

                                      I put a large pinch of citric acid (lemon salt) and a table spoon of raw sugar over ice. Several squirts (an ounce?) of key lime juice, two or three ounces of Makers. Shake. Top with seltzer.

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                                        flavrmeistr RE: hambone Jul 9, 2013 11:39 AM

                                        Limonata Pelligrino with Maker's is my favorite.

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                                          bigmamasnest RE: flavrmeistr Jul 10, 2013 05:47 AM

                                          Pelligrino is one of my favorite mixes!! Yum

                                      2. alliegator RE: bigmamasnest Jul 8, 2013 02:32 PM

                                        I rarely stray from the usual vodka tonic. But I've been enjoying a drink made with pomegranate juice, grapefruit juice, ginger syrup and vodka. I love it!!

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                                          juliejulez RE: alliegator Jul 10, 2013 09:04 AM

                                          That sounds awesome.

                                        2. Bivalve88 RE: bigmamasnest Jul 8, 2013 02:32 PM

                                          Home-infused ginger vodka with ginger-lemonade seltzer.

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                                            bigmamasnest RE: Bivalve88 Jul 8, 2013 03:54 PM

                                            Please share this recipe...I love Ginger!

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                                              Bivalve88 RE: Bivalve88 Jul 10, 2013 12:21 PM

                                              It couldn't be easier. I buy a tub of crystallized ginger (usually from Whole Foods bulk bins). Dump it into a very large jar. Empty in 750mL of plain vodka, saving the bottle. This last batch was Absolut - very yummy. Cover tightly and let it sit on the counter for a few weeks, then strain out the ginger and refill the vodka bottle with your infused liquor. Add a pretty ribbon (yellow). The ginger-lemonade seltzer comes from the regular grocery store. I think it's Polar brand. The drink is also good with regular lemon seltzer over lots of ice.

                                            2. JungMann RE: bigmamasnest Jul 10, 2013 01:09 PM

                                              Lemonade with a hint rosewater and mint or orange blossom water. Dhoogh or ayran if you like your quaffable yogurt. If we're going to go down the cocktail route, it's the triumvirate of Pisco Sours, Pimm's Cup and Pina Coladas.

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                                                kattyeyes RE: JungMann Jul 10, 2013 01:30 PM

                                                Thanks for another use of the orange blossom water I bought. :)

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                                                  JungMann RE: kattyeyes Jul 10, 2013 01:34 PM

                                                  It just takes a little bit. I got greedy yesterday and the lemonade tasted like pith.

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                                                    kattyeyes RE: JungMann Jul 10, 2013 07:13 PM

                                                    I'll go carefully, thankth! ;)

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                                                      flavrmeistr RE: kattyeyes Jul 10, 2013 07:35 PM

                                                      Thoundth nathty!

                                              2. prima RE: bigmamasnest Jul 10, 2013 07:39 PM

                                                Without booze: frappe, medium with milk (Greek-style iced coffee) or agua fresca.

                                                With booze: Tom Collins, Kaffir Lime Collins, other tart cocktails or summery cocktails involving muddled berries.

                                                I'm craving a strawberry daiquiri made with local berries, but it's been years since I had a good one. Might have to make my own in the near future. :)

                                                1. twodales RE: bigmamasnest Jul 17, 2013 07:21 AM

                                                  Lately have tossed back a few Dark and Stormy's. Of course Pimm's is always on the Summer rota too. This w/e looking forward to my friend's MaiTais. She does them to perfection.

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                                                    Jenny Ondioline RE: bigmamasnest Jul 18, 2013 11:34 PM

                                                    Mostly G&Ts or Pimm's Cups, often made with Polar Orange Dry (or even Cape Cod Dry) in place of the usual limonata. Quite often Aperol and soda. And sometimes, to quote Robyn Hitchcock, "I'm alone like a queen in bed with a barrel of vodka and lime."

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                                                      debbiel RE: bigmamasnest Jul 19, 2013 12:45 PM

                                                      Rosé, tinto de verano, some summers gin and tonic (not so much this year), cucumber water, blenheim's ginger ale, and beer. Not all mixed, of course. Each summer I seem to fall in love with one specific beer and stick with it. This year it is Mad Hatter Elder Betty.

                                                      1. twodales RE: bigmamasnest Jul 19, 2013 01:24 PM

                                                        Yes cucumber and mint is a must for the Pimm's! I love a nice sangria too. I prefer Red sangria but white is good too.

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