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!
This is a perfect summer drink! Pick fruits that are in season.. I used peaches, cherries, raspberries and blackberries.. but you could add some citrus fruit, other stone fruit or other berries! Serve chilled.. lovely on a hot summer day!
1 bottle white wine
1/2 cup triple sec (or brandy, or rum)
1-2 cups chopped summer fruit or berries
1/2 cup peach juice
Mix all ingredients and refrigerate until ready to serve
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.
What’s all the fuss about anyway? Apparently old fashioned drinks are back in style.. including the Old Fashioned, the Mint Julep, and Moscow Mule.. the latter served in a copper mug filled with ice and topped with fresh mint. Totally refreshing on a hot summer day!
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 😉
OK, we’ve had the best winter ever this year in Seattle and spring is in full bloom. This means that my rhubarb is also well under way. The young stalks are crisp and tender and perfect for rhubarb recipes. You could make this as a refreshing drink or add a shot of gin or vodka and make it a spritzer. Either way, this would be amazing on a hot summer day.. or any day really!
4 stalks of rhubarb, roughly chopped
1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced
1 1/2 cups water
3 Tbsp honey or agave (or the original recipe called for 3/4 sugar)
Sparkling or still water, to serve
Combine the rhubarb, ginger, water and sweetener in a medium pot. Bring to the boil, reduce heat, partially cover with a lid and simmer for 12-15 minutes, until the rhubarb is soft. Remove from heat and cool.
Strain the mixture through a fine sieve set over a bowl, using a spoon to press down and extract as much liquid as possible.
You should end up with just under 2 cups of syrup. Chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
Slice limes into thin rounds and set aside. Pour a little syrup into each glass, add a splash of lime juice and top up with sparkling or still water, adding ice if desired. Garnish with a slice of lime and serve.