Favorite Summer Drink

Discussion in 'The Connoisseur' started by warbird, Apr 28, 2006.

  1. scotrace

    scotrace Head Bartender Staff Member

    Small Town Ohio, USA
    Swate r'unswate Tae?

    That Waffle House Question "Sweet or Unsweet?" has spread all the way to restaurants in Ohio now! :)

    If I'm working outside, I like a bladder-buster sized glass of ice water. If it's a summer gathering of friends, anything they hand me is fine. Sangria is nice. I'll have to try a mojito!
  2. Fred G.

    Fred G. Familiar Face

    Back in The Hills
    Fred's Favorite Summertime Quaffs

    Gin and tonic, I like it with a little lime

    Frosty ales

    Ripple! (Ok, red wine-- cabs, syrah, and merlot).
  3. Mike K.

    Mike K. One Too Many

    Southwest Florida
    A really refreshing summer drink that I also like a lot is a cold glass of selzter water with a healthy squirt of fresh lime juice (or lemon).

    You can't go wrong with an icy cold Coca-Cola.

    Also, Sunkist soda always seems to bring back fond childhood summer memories for me. Remember the Beach Boys - Good Vibrations commercials?
  4. My summertime drink - A real daiquiri.

    I say real because when you ask for one in a bar these days, you invariably get the answer 'we don't have an ice machine'. People have come to think the daiquiri as the 'frozen' daiquiri, and have pretty much forgotten what a daiquiri is supposed to be.

    My recipe for construction:

    1) Take a cocktail glass (the triangular glass that everyone else likes to call a martini glass (another argument, another thread)) and stick it in the freezer. Take a metal cocktail shaker - sitck it in the freezer.

    2) Make simple syrup - 3 parts sugar, 1 part water. Boil and let cool.

    3) Strain fresh lime juice - obtain a fine mesh sieve for this purpose. There is no place for pulp in daiquiri. A tall drink - arguable, a cocktail - inarguable.

    4) In another shaker:

    3 parts white rum (I use Ron Mathusalem which is Cuban original recipe now distilled in Nicuragua)

    1 part lime juice

    .5 part sugar syrup

    .5 part Orgeat (now, thankfully, readily available at many Italian markets)

    5) If you haven't a blender or Hamilton mixer, shake these ingredients. Either way, do so WITHOUT ICE. (The sugar syrup won't mix well when cold)

    6) Crush a scoop of ice and place in cold shaker removed from freezer.

    7) Pour drink into chilled shaker and shake again - about 10 seconds.

    8) Remove cocktail glass from freezer and strain drink into glass. No ice should be allowed into the glass.

    9) Do not decorate with garbage. Do not attempt to sugar frost the rim of the glass. (makes the drink far too sweet)

    10) Hold glass by STEM (so your hand doesn't warm the cold glass) find a spot in the shade and drink.

    11) Repeat steps 1 through 10 as often as necessary

    Yes, this is a LOT of work for a cocktail, but when it comes to drinking, there's no room for laziness.


    Senator Jack
  5. Mike K.

    Mike K. One Too Many

    Southwest Florida
    Thank You Senator Jack!!!

    I sure am glad to see that somebody knows what a real daiquiri is supposed to be. Slush machines are for tourists! To add my two cents for anyone interested...use Key Limes (as opposed to Indian limes) for a more authentic and more tart taste. BTW, Key Limes are the little round limes and are YELLOW when ripe. Add a little mint and you have an authentic Mojito.
  6. "Doc" Devereux

    "Doc" Devereux One Too Many

    Senator, once again you've put a smile on my face. Next time I'm in New York, I'm going to have to buy you a drink.

    (We need a cheers icon with cocktail glasses for moments like this)
  7. Miss Neecerie

    Miss Neecerie I'll Lock Up

    The land of Sinatra, Hoboken

    I present for consideration, the Brazilian contender and cousin to the mojito:

    1 lime quartered
    1 tablespoon of sugar
    1 shot of cacha?├ča
    1/2 Cup of ice cubes with water

    Place the lime and sugar in the bottom of a glass.
    Using the handle of a wooden spoon, crush and mash
    the limes. Pour the liqueur and ice. Stir well.

    This is a summer drink to appreciate before eating.
    Decorate the glass with a slice of lime. Great with Brazilian barbecues.
  8. Gin & Pink Lemonade

    This is a great early evening BBQ drink, and you can set your own mix rate. We usually use Minutemaid Pink Lemonade, and then the London Dry Gin type of your choice. Use tall, tall highball glasses and a moderate amount of ice. And don't forget the cool stirrers!

    If not that then a Pale Ale from a concerned microbrewery! (Always good with BBQ!):cheers1:
  9. mysterygal

    mysterygal Call Me a Cab

    lol I'm actually the same way....either a nice cold glass of water or some pink lemonade
  10. Barry

    Barry Practically Family


    An excellent choice! One of my all time favorites.

  11. That must be the booze talking, Doc. I usually have the exact reverse effect on people. ;) But I am going to hold you to that drink!

    First, good call on the key limes. We can only get those around here once in a while, and I have to go to the specialty markets for them. BTW, you should see what they try pass off as key lime pie around here. (I once got a lemon merengue pie made of limes :eek: )

    What's bothersome though is how classic drink names are appropriated for a completely different drink. Even if they're wrong about the ice, the bartenders at least know a daiquiri is supposed to be rum and lime. But have you tried to order a Sidecar lately? Now when I want one at a bar or restaurant, I have to ask 'How do you make your Sidecars?' and then the bartender gets snippy when I tell them that brandy, orange juice, and curacao in a snifter (served warm, no less) is definitely NOT a Sidecar. They don't seem to understand that if a person goes into a restaurant and orders spaghetti and meatballs, they expect to get spaghetti and meatballs, and not gnocchi and sausage. All right, I can get pretty riled about this subject so I better let it go for now.

    Cheers to all,

    Senator Jack
  12. Lena_Horne

    Lena_Horne One of the Regulars

    The Arsenal of Democracy
    Darn it, now I want to quote you again but I don't have room.;)

  13. Mojave Jack

    Mojave Jack One Too Many

    Yucca Valley, California
    I found the same thing in Barcelona! The first time I ordered a rum & Coke, the bartender started pouing the rum right to the top, then added a little Coke for color. I only found out later that if you want less than a tumbler full of rum you have to tell him when to stop!

    The worst part was, the bar we were in had a low beamed ceiling. We could stand up between the beams, but had to duck to walk across the bar. The more I drank the more often I forgot how low the beams were. It must have looked like a Laural & Hardy routine after a while!
  14. Shaul-Ike Cohen

    Shaul-Ike Cohen One Too Many

    Longdrink: G&T, for citrus+booze drinks, Pisco Sour is excellent, but you don't get kosher Picso easily. I like it better than a Caipirinha, Daiquiri, and all the other citrus+booze drinks, with the occasional exception of a mojito.

    But as we use central heating, my drinking habits aren't very seasonal anyway. A good rum, Bourbon or Scotch (all w/o ice or soda) or a dry martini will do. Sometimes an absinthe.
  15. Tin Pan Sally

    Tin Pan Sally Registered User

    Ahwatukee, Arizona, USA
    I always crave Mai Tai's in the summer. The rest of the year I usually just order a screwdriver w/no ice (because no bartender can mess that up)
  16. Caledonia

    Caledonia Practically Family

    [QUOTE="Doc" Devereux]Not always... :D

    I'm a G&T man as well, but I also have an enormous fondness for Gin Slings.

    And champagne's perfect at any time of the year![/QUOTE]

    I concur. Champagne, anytime, any day, any year, any planet. But an Islay malt with two draps of water, or in the winter a good Blend (grouse is my favourite) with green ginger wine... hard to beat. Apparently Churchill and another revered gentleman whose name I forget at the moment, used to down quantities of Champagne every day, plus I think it was Brandy in Churchill's case which he loved to dip his cigars in throughout said day, and they both survived to a ripe old age. Mmmm, must re-focus or I could slip off the wagon - like that hasn't already happened!
  17. fortworthgal

    fortworthgal Call Me a Cab

    Panther City
    Margaritas are wildly popular here, so that's always a good bet. My personal summer favorite is mojitos, or pina coladas.

    Either that or an icy cold watery beer, like Schlitz, Pabst, Hamm's, Miller High Life - gotta be something old and something light colored. Dark beers are great, but theyjust don't cut the mustard when it is 105 in the shade!

    Non-alcoholic: fresh squeezed lemonade, hands down.
  18. PrettyBigGuy

    PrettyBigGuy A-List Customer

    Elgin, IL
    This may sound a bit strange but a drink that is pretty tasty in the summer is bourbon (I perfer Maker's Mark) and cream soda over ice.
    I'm also fond of Grey Goose orange vodka and soda.
    There's also nothing like a good Mai Tai as well!
    In the evenings a bit of Patron tequila in a snifner with a nice cigar is pretty nice too! When's the weekend!
  19. KAT

    KAT A-List Customer

    i think nobody is missing me yet.....but im still sitting in cuba enjoying cocktails lol
  20. "Doc" Devereux

    "Doc" Devereux One Too Many

    Ah! The joys of the Whisky Mac. Grouse is definitely the blend of choice here at Castle Devereux, too.

    If you want to slip off the wagon, let me know. I'll arrange for a cushion. ;)

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