We’ve been having some 90+ degree days here in Seattle and for us.. well, that’s pretty hot. We start melting. Especially since no one has air conditioning. Anyway, we put on fans, eat icy treats and pretend we can deal with the heat.
I plant myself in the shade while the kids splash and run around.. I like to think we look like we’re in the serene setting a Pottery Barn summer catalog.. you know the double fold showing a gorgeous patio with a large glassy pool and beautiful outdoor furniture with lush greenery in the background? But really it’s just the blue plastic kiddie pool and my chaise lounger on the yellow straw that is Seattle grass in summer.
Anyway, if you have some leftover Watermelon Granita, add some vodka or tequila, shake it up and call it a summer frozen refresher. The natural watermelon flavor says summer!
With end of summer lingering (I’m optimistic) and the transition to fall upon us, this is a great time to enjoy late summer seasonal berries. This drink uses raspberries, blackberries, lime and mint, add some Cointreau, soda water and voila! No fancy cocktail tools, no shaking, just a little stirring of ingredients and served with ice!
2 oz Cointreau
1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
5 Mint Leaves
3-4 oz Club Soda (I used a sparkling water like Perrier)
Muddle the berries and mint in the bottom of a glass.
Add Cointreau and fresh lime juice with ice, and top with sparkling water.
Stir briefly. Garnish with a berry and mint sprig.
Like a classic margarita? Here you take the best of the Classic Margarita, add some Strawberry Granita, and there you go – a wonderful summer drink! Perfect combo when strawberries are ripe and in season.
So.. yes, I read the first two books and am working my way through Game of Thrones season two. Am I part of the craze? Maybe. Let’s put it this way, when Vanity Fair published a drink “fit for a Khaleesi” this weekend to celebrate the Thrones Finale, and Seattle was bathed in 80+ degree weather, I felt inspired.
So there I was in the liquor store asking the associate for help finding some very specific ingredients (including Bittermans Hellfire Habanero Shrub, a certain type of Sherry and Tequila Dragones) and he finally asked WHAT I was making. “Um… Mother of Dragons Cocktail” I said. Several store associates had gathered now, giving me some blank stares. “I’ll take anything close to these ingredients. Doesn’t need to be the Tequila Dragones!” Sound spicy? Yes, but not really. I added some slices of jalapeno pepper. But then I do like fire!
raspberries, blackberries, lime wedges
.5 oz agave syrup
1.5 oz tequila or white or spiced rum
.75 oz sherry
10 drops Bittermans Hellfire Habanero Shrub
2-3 slices of jalapeno pepper (optional for added heat)
Muddle one raspberry, one blackberry and one lime wedge with agave (+jalapeno if you are using that)
Add tequila, sherry and Bitterman’s shrub
Shake with ice and strain into glass of ice cubes
Garnish with tiny “dragon eggs”: one raspberry, one blackberry, and peel of lime to make 3rd dragon egg 😉