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Favorite Summer Cocktails

I can't believe I'm talking about summer cocktails already, but there you have it. It's 85 degrees in east TN and climbing rapidly! Thus, the need for some relief via tasty and somewhat frivolous alcoholic beverages. I'm looking for stone simple but delicious summer cocktails. I'll start by sharing one of my favorites--something we call The Buchanan: tequila, tonic, and lime, with or without a salted rim.

asked by petitbleu over 5 years ago

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Reiney

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added over 5 years ago

Pimms & Dry can't be beat! It's just Pimms No 1 Cup and dry ginger ale, garnished with a slice of cucumber and/or orange.

Perfect for a hot day (and also an excellent hair of the dog I might add).

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added over 5 years ago

Oooh. Sounds lovely! I'll get on that.

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added over 5 years ago

I hear you, it's about 90 and humid in Charleston. I was hooked on wssmom's West Ender (http://www.food52.com/recipes...) during a heat wave last summer. I sometimes swap vinho verde for the gin = super refreshing.

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aargersi

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added over 5 years ago

I usually stick to beer and wine but when I DO go booze, I figure go ridiculous. You need a few things and a blender, but it's easy:

http://www.food52.com/recipes...

do NOT make an afternoon of these. Trust me. One per customer.

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added over 5 years ago

I suppose "The Bushwhacker" is aptly named, then. Good to know. Always important to do damage control with this sort of thing.

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SKK
added over 5 years ago

Here in Seattle it is raining and 55 - we will consider it a heat wave if it gets above 60 this week-end!
Here is a wonderful drink http://food52.com/recipes...
And last night we had Thirschfield's http://food52.com/recipes... which are very easy to make. Of course, we had them in front of the fire - sigh.

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added over 5 years ago

I hate to say it, but I envy you. Spring sprang in TN in FEBRUARY. And it's already too hot for my arugula, lettuce, and radishes in the garden. No fun!

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HalfPint

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added over 5 years ago

Agua fresca (any fruit) and Shrubs (strawberry basil) - not exactly cocktails, but there's nothing like them on warm day.

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added over 5 years ago

I'm a fan of Mojitos or Gin Gimlets myself

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added over 5 years ago

A nice glass of sangria... I don't often drink Pimms... But when I do, I always think I should drink more of it! As the advert says, it's always Pimms o clock!

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added over 5 years ago

This isn't a cocktail but if u like white wine u might enjoy this , magners pear cider, it is light crisp and fruity, not too sweet.

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added over 5 years ago

A Dark & Stormy - my favorite thing for warm evenings. As long as you can find the ginger beer, they're a cinch - one part dark rum (Goslings Black Seal is perfect) and two parts ginger beer. Lime or mint are tasty additions!

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added over 5 years ago

I'll bet that would be really incredible with Blenheim's ginger ale.

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Maedl

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added over 5 years ago

The Wisdom: muddle shaved cucumber and two sprigs of basil in an 8 oz. stemmed glass with 2 jiggers citrus vodka and 1jigger St. Germain (elderflower liqueur). Add two ice cubes and sparkling water to taste. A lemon slice looks and tastes good too.

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added over 5 years ago

Bees knees= Gin, lemon, and honey.
Calimocho= Equal parts red wine and coke. It's way better than it sounds.

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added over 5 years ago

Yes to the bees knees. There should be a cocktail called the Cat's Pajamas--I'll get on that.

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amysarah

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added over 5 years ago

A Spritz con Aperol is great for hot weather - relatively low alcohol and very refreshing: cold prosecco mixed with aperol (similar to Campari) to taste - I usually use about 1/3 - and a slice of orange. They once saved me from delirium, during an Inferno-level heatwave in Venice. Also, Panaches - lager mixed with 'lemonade' (the Euro version: not too sweet, lightly fizzy lemon soda)....instant Paris cafe on a hot afternoon.

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added over 5 years ago

The spritz con aperol sounds delicious.
A slightly prickly Vinho Verde from Portugal is nice - no need to make it into a sprotzer. It already is verry slightly bubbly, young, dry.... and best of all cheap!
We have been making Sangria a bit too. Bery straightforward, keeps a while and fabulously refreshing

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added over 5 years ago

Planters Punch, makes you forget how hot you are!

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added over 5 years ago

Everyone's heard of an old fashion but try this: use a good Vodka (I like Kettle One) instead of bourbon or whiskey and make sure you use only 1 drop of Bitters. Skoal!!

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