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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 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.

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 liquor.com, a ridiculously wonderful site chock full of everything cocktail related you could ever need.

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3 thoughts on “Summer Cocktails!

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

  2. 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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