Welcome to summer and the longest day of the year!
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Here are some summer cocktail favorites:
Strawberry Mojito – A riff on the classic by Brittany Chardin, Featured in the Summer 2010 issue of in the Mix magazine in the story “Summer! It’s Time to Swizzle“
1½ oz Bacardi Superior Rum
8 Mint leaves, plus one sprig
1 Lime, quartered
2 Strawberries, halved
1 oz Simple syrup
In a mixing glass, muddle 8 fresh mint leaves, 3 of the 4 lime quarters, and the strawberry halves, with the simple syrup. Fill glass with crushed ice. Add 1½ oz of Bacardi Superior Rum. Top with more ice and fill with club soda. Stir well, and garnish with the last lime wedge and sprig of mint.
1 1/2 oz. Partida 100% Agave Blanco Tequila
1/2 oz. Sambazon Pure Organic Açai
3/4 oz. Partida Organic Agave Nectar
1/2 oz. organic egg white
1 oz. fresh lime juice
Cocktail glass (10-ounces), chilled
Rim glass with a mixture of organic sea salt and cracked green peppercorns
Remove rosemary leaves from a 3” sprig and place in an empty mixing glass
Muddle and add ice
Shake ingredients vigorously and double-strain
2 oz Captain Morgan rum
1 oz Ocean Spray Cranberry juice
1 oz Fresh Florida orange juice
¾ oz Dole pineapple juice
½ Fresh squezed lime
½ oz Old fashioned lemonade
Add all ingredients in a Boston shaker, shake 10-20 times. Serve up or on fresh ice. Garnish with fruit of your choice.
1 oz fresh lime juice
2 heaping teaspoons superfine sugar
2 oz BACARDI white rum
1 cup ice cubes
Lime wheel to garnish
In cocktail shaker, stir together lime juice and sugar until sugar dissolves. Add rum and ice cubes and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain into chilled Daiquiri or coupe glass and drop in lime wheel for garnish.
1 oz fresh lemon juice
2 oz Tanqueray gin
½ oz Maraska maraschino liqueur
1/4 teaspoon simple syrup
1 cup ice cubes
In cocktail shaker, combine lemon juice, gin, maraschino liqueur, and simple syrup. Add ice and shake
Mai Tai – Original Trader Vic’s Recipe
From Tony Abou-Ganim’s summer 2011 in the Mix story – What Ever Happened to the Mai Tai? Full Story
1½ oz Rhum Clement VSOP Martinique
1 ½ oz Appleton Jamaican Rum
½ oz rock candy syrup
½ oz orange Curacao
½ oz orgeat syrup
Juice of 1 ½ limes (approx 1 ½ oz), freshly squeezed
Shake with ice, strain into a crushed-ice filled Mai Tai glass. Garnish with a spent lime shell, mint sprig, and pineapple spear.
1. What was the subject matter of the star studded movie epic, The Longest Day?
A. The 1962 star studded movie with a list of Hollywood A players including John Wayne, Richard Burton and Robert Ryan in lead roles was an account of D-Day!
2. What is the subject matter for the book The Longest Cocktail Party?
A. The book, The Longest Cocktail Party, is Richard DiLello’s memoirs of the London headquarters of Apple Records Press Office at the height of Beatle mania in the late 60s. Liam Gallagher, former frontman for Oasis, is developing a film on the book, according to reports.
3. Why isn’t the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, also the hottest day of the year?
A. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac… The reason why July and August are generally hotter than June, the month containing the summer solstice, is that it takes a while for Earth to heat up. There is a lag time between sunlight being produced and it actually hitting Earth. Earth’s surface and atmosphere continue to receive energy from the Sun, even though the minutes of daylight are decreasing, and average temperatures will continue to rise until the Sun’s position in relation to Earth lowers and sunlight is hitting Earth less directly.