It's been a lot of fun this week sharing ideas for great summer cocktails. Here's a wrap-up of everything I covered. Let's start with the drinks:
- Amaretto Sour. A maligned classic gets a second wind when made from better ingredients, as inspired by Portland bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler.
- Teagroni. A twist on the classic Negroni made with oversteeped Earl Grey tea from Kevin Liu's book (see below).
- Bitter Boulevardier. My own twist on a classic cocktail with tea, this time the bourbon-based Boulevardier.
- Smoky Pear Mojito. A twist on the minty classic made with mezcal, agave and pear brandy.
- Jacko's End. A smoky mezcal cocktail from New York's East Village Mexican restaurant Mayahuel, featuring apple brandy and Benedictine liqueur.
- Smoked Palomino. Another Mayahuel mezcal cocktail, made with sherry and citrus.
- The Vesper Martini. The James Bond classic gin and vodka drink made with the bitter Italian aperitivo Cocchi Americano.
- Summer Cosmopolitan. A brighter take on the Sex-and-the-City classic made with gin, fresh juices and bitter orange syrup.
- Corpse Reviver #2. A tart gin cocktail that also features Cocchi Americano.
There was also my post from last Sunday featuring 25 more summer-appropriate cocktails previously featured on the site.
I reviewed the recent book Craft Cocktails at Home by Kevin Liu, a fabulous resource for inspiring creative home mixology.
I turned my favorite cocktail into a cake (Gin & Tonic Cake), courtesy of a recipe from Nosh Berkeleyside.
I shared some favorite resources (i.e. books and websites) where you can find other great cocktail recipes and tips.
What are you drinking this summer? What cocktails are interested in trying? If you make any of these drinks, please share with me what you think.