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Drinks of the summer: part 1

1 June 2011
Gin & tonic
Good gin (e.g. Hendrick’s, Tanqueray 10, Bombay Sapphire)
Schweppes tonic
Garnish with a slice of lime, or wedge of cucumber if you’re using Hendrick’s

 

Pimm’s Cup
1 part Pimm’s #1
2 parts either ginger ale or lemon-lime soda
Garnish with cucumber, lime, mint, and ginger (if you use the ginger ale)

 

Bleeding madras (my creation)
1 part vodka
4 parts Orangina
1 part cranberry juice, added after the Orangina
Garnish with an orange slice

 

And since we’re in the middle of the Triple Crown, the signature drinks of each event:

 

Mint julep (Kentucky Derby)
3 oz Bourbon whiskey
4 to 6 sprigs mint leaves
granulated sugar, to taste

Put mint, sugar, and a small amount of bourbon into the bottom of a mixing glass. Gently muddle the mint and sugar, then let stand for a bit to allow the muddled leaves to release their flavor. Strain and pour into a julep cup (or similar vessel), rotating to coat the sides. Fill with ice, then add the rest of the bourbon whiskey. Garnish with a lightly-slapped small mint sprig.

 

Black-eyed Susan (Preakness Stakes)
3/4oz vodka
1 1/4oz Bourbon whiskey
3oz sweet & sour mix
2oz orange juice

Garnish with orange slice, cherry, and stirrer

 

 

 

Belmont Breeze (Belmont Stakes)
1 1/2 oz of a good American blended whiskey
3/4 oz Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry
1/2 oz of fresh lemon juice
1 oz of simple syrup
(1 oz of sweet and sour mix may be substituted for the lemon juice and simple syrup)
1 1/2 oz fresh orange juice
1 1/2 oz cranberry juice
1 oz lemon-lime soda
1 oz club soda

Shake first six ingredients with ice, then top with lemon-lime soda and club soda. Garnish with mint sprig and lemon wedge.


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