Summertime Cocktails

A while back, I wrote on twitter about how happy I was that summer was ending. This left me with plenty of time for delicious stirred drinks… and Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes that no one seems to be able to stop talking about. They taste like a pumpkin beer, but with more cinnamon on the ri. Focus! – I love fall. It’s not because I am lazy and wear sweaters and Uggs all the time. Instead, it’s the best time of year to take a walk and not worry about melting on the sidewalk.

Three cocktails that I made at home this summer were delicious representations of summer. Each has its merits and nuances, but they are all refreshing and unique. Each one is different, but each one works in its own way. These were my favorites in a summer filled with margaritas and bud Lite Lime.

Dead Man’s Mule

Mules are my favorite. They are not the ones that inject little pills into their bodies, but the ones you drink from a cup made of crushed ice. Although it may seem odd, you will love it. Drink makes their ginger beer, but you don’t have to bother with it. Fever Tree makes a great ginger beer that goes well with cocktails.

  • 1 oz Green Velvet Absinthe
  • 1 oz Wilks & Wilson orgeat
  • 1/2 oz St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • Fever Tree ginger ale to the top
Now is the best time to use your copper mug
You can add crushed ice to your mug to make it about half full, or 1/2 empty, depending on how you see the world.
Add everything but the ginger beer. Mix gently (swirl even!)
You can add more crushed Ice to the ginger beer.


This is my favorite of all 3. This is my favorite of the 3. There are tons of flavors here. This has so much flavor that you can’t stop at one sip. So much flavor that I bought Strega and Batavia Arrack bottles the next day.

  • 3/4 oz Batavia Arrack van Oosten
  • 3/4 oz Jonh D. Taylor’s Velvet Falernum
  • 3/4 oz Strega
  • 3/4 oz lime juice

Art of Choke

This is a mojito who discarded its self-tanner and stopped partying. Instead, he went to college and found a job. You might be a drink snob if you read that last sentence and the fact that Cynar is the main ingredient makes you want to eat it.

  • 1 oz Banks 5 Islands Rum
  • 1 oz Cynar
  • 1/4 oz green Chartreuse
  • a tablespoon of lime juice
  • Demerara sugar syrup – 1 tablespoon
  • A handful of mint leaves

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