And just like that, it's summer. Seemingly overnight, the tentative harbingers of spring gave way to the unmistakable, assertive heat of summer - at least where we are here in New York. But we're rolling with the punches, excited to use this as a good excuse to expand our repertoire of refreshing drinks, perfect to entertain with.
Why not start off with new twists on old favorites, like the Black and Gold Julep, which uses a vanilla-infused whisky as a complement to the bright mint. Or revisit familiar warm-weather standbys like a party-perfect white sangria, which owes its gorgeous hue to the addition of strawberries and peaches, a drink that crowds can never seem to get enough of.
Whatever you end up serving your thirsty guests, don't forget to share your most popular concoctions with us!
The Texas Sipper (pictured)
Courtesy: Tito's Handmade Vodka
1 1/2 oz. Tito's Handmade Vodka
1/4 oz. elderflower liqueur such as St. Germain
2 oz. Fresh Grapefruit Juice
1 oz. Grapefruit Soda
Shake Tito's, elderflower liqueur and juice over ice. Strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice and top with grapefruit soda. Garnish with a mint leaf and enjoy!
Black and Gold JulepCourtesy: Mary Queen of Scots in New York
2 oz. of Vanilla-infused AnCnoc 12yr Scotch Whisky (infused in house)
1/2 oz. maple syrup
5 mint leaves
2-3 dashes Lagavulin Scotch Whisky
Shake, garnish with mint sprig and a couple of dashes of Lagavulin Scotch Whisky.
Grown-Up Lime Rickeyjuice of one lime
two slices of ginger
1 barspoon simple syrup
2 dashes Angostura bitters
2 oz. bourbon
seltzer to fill
Visit Honest Cooking for instructions (video, too!) for Grown-Up Lime Rickey
Blackberry Mint Margaritas2 packages of blackberries
6 oz. tequila
6 sprigs of mint
6 oz. simple sugar
lots of ice cubes
Visit Honest Cooking for instructions for Blackberry Mint Margaritas
Strawberry Peach SangriaCourtesy: Epicurious.com
1 750-ml bottle dry white wine
1 1/2 cups Essensia (orange Muscat, a sweet dessert wine)
1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
1 cup peach liqueur
3 peaches, each cut into 12 slices
1 large orange, cut crosswise into 6 slices
1 large lemon, cut crosswise into 6 slices
1/4 cup strawberry syrup (optional)
3 to 4 cups ice cubes
Mix white wine, Essensia, strawberries, peach liqueur, peaches, orange slices, lemon slices, and strawberry syrup in large pitcher, smashing citrus slices slightly. Let stand at room temperature at least 2 hours or chill up to 4 hours. Serve sangria over ice.