The Whiskey Smash, resurrected and tweaked many years ago at the Rainbow Room by Dale DeGroff, is one of the best summertime bourbon drinks. Cold and refreshing, the mix of tart citrus and sweet mint/fruit makes for a delicious balance with the whiskey. (And it’s also, in my opinion, a better drink than the far … Read more
Along with Torrontés wines from Argentina (which I wrote about last week), one of my favorite types of wine to drink during summer are rosés. They’re refreshing, fruity, lovely to look at — what more could you ask for? Unfortunately, a lot of rosés aren’t very good. Although this is true of most (all?) types of … Read more
From the mid-1840s until after the Civil War, the smash was America’s favorite mixed drink. Called by Jerry Thomas “a julep on a small plan,” the smash is a simple-but-delicious cocktail that emphasizes fresh ingredients, minimal preparation, and bold flavors. It’s the perfect style of drink for the summertime. A smash is usually composed of … Read more
The Pimm’s Cup, so beloved in England and New Orleans, is one of summer’s finest beverages. Refreshing, colorful, delicious, and lightly alcoholic, the Pimm’s Cup is easy to make and even easier to drink. The Pimm’s Cup — the most popular drink served at Wimbledon and the Chelsea Flower Show — is built around Pimm’s … Read more
Limoncello Cooler 1 1/2 oz. Limoncello1 oz. Gin1/2 oz. Lemon Juice8-10 Mint LeavesClub Soda Gently muddle the mint leaves with lemon juice in the bottom of a mixing glass. Add the limoncello and gin and shake with ice. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with a mint sprig.
Pallini LimoncelloLiqueurFinal Grade: B+Price: $26 (750ml) Summer may be over, but who says that means you have to stop drinking summery drinks? Certainly not me. It could be the coldest day of winter and I’ll still drink a well mixed Daiquiri or Gin and Tonic. I realize this is a contrarian position, but cold drinks … Read more