Oh good, the drinks are here!

5 Jun

 

 

Ohhh pretty, sweet, summer cocktails, easy on the tongue but not so much on the liver, am so happy to see your refreshing/addictive faces, bringing back my loveliest alcohol-fuelled memories. Luxurious hotel resort & beach holidays in the Caribbean, family trips to Margharita Island, the grand discovery of a Blue Curacao high & those PSU cocktails that came in glasses the size of fishbowls. If you ever needed a drink to keep you warm in the depths of a Pennsylvania winter, that’ll do it.   

Two of my favourite recipes for refreshing summer drinks are below. Wherever you’ll be sipping them this weekend, think of poor me and the ridiculously petty ‘No Alcohol’ rule at work. Whatever will they think of next? 

 Pimm’s

  •  Pimms No.1
  •  Ice
  •  Lemonade
  •  Fresh mint
  •  Cucumber/oranges/strawberries 

Easiest & bestest summer drink of all time! A UK export, natch 😉  Take a jug or glass and fill it with ice, mix one part Pimm’s No. 1 with 3 parts chilled lemonade, add fresh mint and cucumber, et voila! Orange and strawberry are optional (but definitely recommended)

Sidecar

  • 2 tablespoons superfine sugar
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • 3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) Cognac
  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) Cointreau or other Triple Sec orange liqueur
  • 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup ice

– Spread superfine sugar on small plate. Rub lemon wedge halfway around rim of chilled martini or coupe glass. Dip moistened side of glass in the sugar to lightly coat outside rim of glass (you’ll feel super profesh when you do this). Set aside.

– In cocktail shaker (or whatever you have around that does a good shake) combine Cognac, Cointreau & lemon juice. Add ice and shake vigorously until well chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into prepared martini or coupe glass and serve! 

Recipe c/o Eben Freeman, bartender of Tailor Restaurant, NYC

 

My toons for kicking back with a delicious cool summer cocktail, eyes closed, cares drifting away… 

Norah Jones – Come Away With Me

Solomon Burke – Cry To Me

Idan Raichel – Mima’amakim

Eva Cassidy – Songbird

Tinie Tempah – Written In The Stars

Eliza Doolittle – Pack It Up

Shaggy – Summertime

In the words of my Dad’s Russian colleague: “up bottoms”. 

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