Coming up daisies

I’m a huge fan of the whole class of Daisy drinks, but this one seems just about perfect for summer: not too sour, not too sweet, not too boozy. Be sure to shake this thoroughly so it sips ice cold. And if you haven’t tried the Caña Brava rum yet, I definely recommend it. Via Bartender’s Choice app. 

Daisy de Santiago, Charles H. Baker, Jr., Gentlemen’s Companion

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 Fill ‘er up

This was a surprisingly wonderful drink!  The ingredients are so simple that I wasn’t expecting the flavors to come together and be so much greater than the sum of their parts.  There’s a rich sweetness, a bit of sour, just a hint of freshness from the mint, and the mellow spiciness of the rye just pulling it all together.  I definitely recommend giving this cocktail a try, especially as we move into summer: the mint helps make this a great sipper for the warmer weather.

Double Fill-Up, Phil Ward, Death & Company


With so many great summer drinks including mint in the recipe, I decided to try to cultivate my own this year.

 

Kentucky summertime

I bought Paul Clarke’s The Cocktail Chronicles more than a year ago, but I’m just starting to dig into its pages.  I’ve been very impressed so far: you get a great combination of new recipes, classic recipes, and a lot of interesting stories about cocktail life in general.  The drink I pulled today only made me like the book even more.  I rarely have fresh strawberries on hand, but I was lucky to have a couple mostly-fresh strawberries on hand to make this delicious sipper.  The simple syrup really brings out the sweetness of the strawberry, which in turn is a great foil for the spicy ginger beer.  It’s a beautiful day out here, and it’s a perfect compliment to this lovely drink.  (And if you’re wondering, yes, that is an Alien pint glass.)

Kentucky Buck, Erick Castro via The Cocktail Chronicles