Summer: Drink It In!

May 27, 2011

With Memorial Day weekend kicking off the official unofficial start of summer time here in the states, its time to start thinking of ways to cool off this summer. And as we embrace or resist the heat, coming from both weather and wardrobe, there's no better way to relax and refresh then with a nice summer cocktail. Whether you're on vacation abroad or out front on your porch, nailing down the perfect drink of the season can be a bit tricky. In the spirit of the seasonal cocktail switchover, we've got some great recommendations for all your summer drinking needs.

Modelo Negro over ice with a little bit of lime juice and a few dashes of hot sauce. The concept is simple, but this dark beer on ice is intensely refreshing, even with the added kick of spicy.

12 ozbeer
juice of 1lemons
2 dashesWorcestershire sauce
1 dashsoy sauce
1 dashTabasco® sauce
1 pinchblack peppers

Mix ingredients in a tall high glass with lots of ice. Add beer, mix, and serve.

Bloody Mary with Spicy Pickle Brine
You may think that a little bit of heat in this classic drink is counter-intuitive, but a little spicy pickle brine brings just the right amount of quirk and pick me up to an already cool summer drink.

1 64 oz bottle Tomato Juice
Worcestershire Sauce
Tabasco or other hot sauce
Coarse Ground Black Pepper
1 jar Rick's Picks Hotties

Pour 32 oz of tomato juice into a large pitcher. Mix in a couple of shakes of Worcestershire sauce, a couple of shakes of Tabasco sauce, a teaspoon of fresh grated horseradish, the juice of one lemon, and some coarse ground black pepper. Take a taste. There's no exact formula for the perfect blood mary, but a 3-to-1 ratio of mix to vodka is a good way to start. Add pickle brine liberally and serve over ice.

Skinny Girl Margaritas
For those watching their daddy bods this summer, this super popular, ready-to-serve margarita allows you to indulge a sometimes high-caloric but highly necessary summer tradition.

Cucumber Vodka
This one takes a bit of work and at least a few days time, but the results are well worth it. Cucumber vodka ends up being quite the versatile mix. Keep it simple with a martini, add some soda, or even some fruit juice and no matter what the combo, you'll end up being cool as a...well, you get the idea.

1. Peel, seed, and roughly chop 1 large garden or English (hothouse) cucumber.
2. Put chopped cucumber in a large glass container with a tight-fitting lid.
3. Pour 1 750-ml bottle of vodka over the cucumber. Seal and let sit at least three days and up to two weeks (any longer and the vodka will take on 4. the slight bitter taste of even peeled cucumber).
4. Strain vodka back into its original bottle. Discard or eat the "pickled" cucumber.

Arnold Palmer (with Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka)
A big favorite of the summer, with or with alcohol, the Arnold Palmer is perfect for cool summer's eve or a sweltering day at the beach. The recipe is simple, half Sweet Tea Vodka/half lemonade, mix well over ice and you're done. The sweet tea vodka is also great on it's own or mixed with soda.

Got the perfect summer cocktail recipe? Let out your inner bartender in the comments below or have us over for a drink or two.

Have a Happy and Safe Memorial Day Weekend!

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The basic purpose of drinking is the same whether its a beer or whiskey at the Irish pub in Boston or more expensive alcohol served to politicians at clubs in Washington. Certain human instincts to loosen up are the same in all languages and cultures even as the vocabulary styles vary when different folks are relaxing. Some people demonstrate incredible talent and literary genius just before their seat of pants slips off the stool :)

Actually, on a nice day like today, I'm getting ready to head out and enjoy a nice regular Margarita!!

Why does it HAVE to be alcoholic in nature? Why not just drink water? Healthier and hydrates the body.

If you need a "something" to "make you relax", you're not going to get far with me. Which is fine with me ;))

Whatever you're drinking, whether alcohol or water -- and however much you consume, whether in moderation or to excess -- have a great AND SAFE holiday weekend. I don't want to have to visit any of you in the hospital after a car wreck!!

So. You don't NEED this drink. You'll enjoy one or two by the pool and if you have more you're not going to drive, right?

This makes a pitcher, so you might as well have a party.

2 cups basil lemon syrup
1 1/2 cups vodka
1 1/2 cups lemon juice. Fresh is best, but if that's too tedious, use Santa Cruz Organic.
ice cubes
sprigs of basil
thin slices of lemon

Make the basil lemon syrup by simmering a big bunch (or two) of basil in four cups of water, with two cups sugar and the peel of two lemons. Strain and cool. (This keeps forever, chilled.)

Mix everything in a pitcher and pour into manhattan glasses filled with ice. Garnish with basil and lemon slices if you want to be precious. This will work for the first round, anyway.

A nice cup of Tea. Mmmmmmm

ha ha ha,why not a nice cup of cum on the beach,full of calories :)

Best thing about relaxing in a rural area is that there's no one to report on what people are saying. The sheer numbers of human units that have very little elbow room on the public transportation in the city requires a pacification of the general populace for reason of generic crowd control. That is why so many people choose to have their natural relaxation in the mountains, at national parks, hanky spanky in the woods and on islands and then reluctantly return to that Monday flow of traffic. The best stimulant of all is actually the connection with good friends and the true benefits are based in what is felt over time rather than any momentary episode that comes and goes with the wind.

I find that there is nothing like an icy banana diaquiri on a hawt day/evening.

4 bananas, ripe, cut into pieces
3/4 cup rum
1/2 cup corn syrup
6 tablespoons lime juice
1/2 cup crushed ice

Put all ingredients into a blender and give it all a good spin. You can serve it into a balloon glass or goblet and garnish with mint leaves. Que viva Cuba Libre! <wink!>

OMG.. was just comparing the relaxation methods of old school tradition with new school methods to acheive the same net result as always through substance of choice. I had no idea that there were so many things in coffee, tea and herbal remedy shops that make Captain Morgan not look too bad at all. Apparently there are fresh new ways to be as disoriented as always but just no special scent to arouse awareness among ones peers like was more obvious with Captain Morgan. The best high feeling is from trust of friends because that's something that comes from other people as a result of ones own actions rather than a one-way system of self indulgence.