Once the nice weather hits, everyone is looking for something they can enjoy while sitting on their deck/patio/stoop. Something that helps you beat the heat, that’s light and refreshing, and in my case, something that has a reasonable amount of alcohol so you can sip all day.
This is why drinks like the Pimms Cup and the mojito (via http://intoxicologist.wordpress.com who, by the way, makes great cocktails and has a great site) have become summer staples. They fit all of the above criteria. Following the lead of these summertime cocktails, when the warm weather arrives I leave the bourbon on the shelf and reach for the white rums, gins, and silver tequilas. That’s just how I roll.
So, you ask, what should I drink? Good question. Let’s dig right in. Summer cocktail iterations are endless, so I’ll just get you started with two cocktail recipes that you’re certain to enjoy.
Painkiller – A classic summertime/island time cocktail, this drink just screams summer.2 oz white rum (try Dogfish Head or Rogue rums for a nice alternative to the big guys) 1 oz pineapple juice 1 oz cream of coconut 0.75 oz orange juice (fresh squeezed, please) I like to shake this drink and then serve it over ice. Getting the coconut cream to co-mingle with the other ingredients is important.
Swiss Mistress - A spin on the classic French 75, a brilliant summertime sparkling cocktail1 oz gin 0.5 oz St. Germain 0.5 oz lemon juice 3 oz sparkling wine Shake the gin, St. Germain, and lemon in a stainless shaker. Strain into a champagne flute and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a nice, long lemon twist. In case you haven’t tried St. Germain, it’s a vibrant brandy based elderflower liqueur from France.