Records & Cocktails: The Perfect Summer Cocktails To Go With Summer Spins
Records and cocktails go together like…records and cocktails. In our Records & Cocktails series, we share recipes, tips, resources, and more to up your cocktail game. And with the arrival of summer, we’re back to help you squeeze the full summer experience out of your cocktails while those satisfying summer jams play in the background.
It still feels like a steam bath…
For the height of summer, the rule of thumb: keep the drinks light and damn near frozen.
Gin Rickey - This is as crisp and refreshing as they get. ½ oz lime juice (or squeeze half a lime), 2 oz gin. Fill the rest of a collins glass with ice and club soda to taste. This is a deceptively simple cocktail that’s extremely refreshing.
Whiskey & Soda - This classic is refreshing like a vodka soda, but with a lot more flavor. Film characters in the 1940s sure liked it. So does Jude Law. And so will you! 2½ oz bourbon (we prefer Buffalo Trace), fill a high-ball glass with ice and club soda to taste.
A LITTLE MORE TO IT…
Knickerbocker Club - One of our favorite recipes from 12 Bottle Bar, (see our previous coverage), it offers a lot of flavor without too much sugar. Add a few ice cubes to a Collins glass. Pour in 1 ½ oz Cognac, ¾ oz lemon juice, 1 tsp simple syrup, and two dashes of aromatic bitters. Top with club soda (but don’t overdo it) and stir.
Ruby Sizzle: A Deep Cut original, invented out of necessity. Combine 2 oz gin, ¾ oz grapefruit juice, ¾ oz of agave syrup, two dashes of aromatic bitters, and 10 thick slices of fresh jalapeno in a shaker. Add ice and shake for 60 seconds. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a grapefruit peel or slice of jalapeno. It packs a little kick, but as long as you don’t shake it too long, it should just be a hint of spice at the tail end.
Now It’s starting to get chilly…
And though fall is far far away, it'll be here before you know it. So be prepared. Come the cool down, you’ll want cocktails that aren’t as bone-chilling. Ditch the rocks and look for more viscosity.
Manhattan - Though chilled, this classic doesn’t feel as cold because it’s boozy and gets some extra body from the vermouth. The secret here is good vermouth (Dolin is our go-to). After opening, keep it refrigerated, and throw it out if it’s more than three months old. Pour 2 oz of rye whiskey, 1 oz of sweet vermouth, and a dash of orange bitters into a shaker. Add ice and shake for 30 seconds. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with orange peel. Or, if you’ve recently been to Michigan, add some cocktail cherries from a place like Six Lugs.
Steammy Old Fashioned - This one comes care of Saloonbox, a subscription cocktail service that we’ve been enjoying for the past few months. The drink uses cold brew espresso that thickens it up, which feels nice if there’s a nip in the air. Coat a highball glass with 1 oz of simple syrup. Add ½ oz of cold brew espresso, two dashes of orange bitters and a large ice cube to the glass. Pour 1¾ oz bourbon over the ice cube, and stir for 30 seconds.
What are your favorite Summer or early Fall cocktail recipes?
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