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Summer Cocktails!

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 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.

PainkillerA 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 cocktail

1 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.

Here is another great reference on summer cocktails from, a ridiculously wonderful site chock full of everything cocktail related you could ever need.


3 comments on “Summer Cocktails!

  1. Pingback: 6 summertime cocktails | Wagshal's Blog

  2. AnnapolisDrinks
    June 8, 2010

    I like the sound of a little nutmeg. I’ll give it a shot tomorrow!

  3. Ginger
    June 8, 2010

    A painkiller without a fresh dusting of nutmeg is hard to swollow in the virgin islands! Cruzan Vanilla rum makes it a vanilla killah!!

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