It’s time for some Summer cocktails!
I have been loving some refreshing drinks this summer I want to share with all of you. Now, let me start off by saying I hate a fussy drink. Most months out of the year I can be found on a Friday night with a glass of red wine. As much as I love the idea of a Frose I don’t have time for that. I never seem to have any of the specialty bitters or syrups handy either for whatever is the cocktail of the moment. These are minimal stepped drinks, perfect for a refreshing day by the pool or a cocktail while grilling up steaks. In just a few steps they can be special treats if you throw a dinner party or help celebrate a friend for a birthday. Pull out the fancy wine glasses and grab a specialty ice cube tray from Home Goods and make a drink with me!
First up is our fussiest drink... but it makes a full pitcher and is easily doubled or tripled for a crowd. It is the classic Pimm’s cup! We enjoyed this summer treat on our trip to Scotland, and I now understand why it is the favorite summer drink in Great Britain. A botanical gin based cocktail similar in taste profile to an Arnold Palmer it is great on a hot day by the pool. It is showy enough to make a statement at a party in a glass pitcher too.
From The Modern Proper
Makes a pitcher for 4
1 c Pimm’s Cup
Juice of 2 lemons
2 cans of sparkling lemon soda (we use San Pelligrino Limonata but if you are trying to slow down on that sugar intake try a lemon flavored sparkling water)
1 cucumber, sliced
6 strawberries, quartered
Optional : Herbs from the garden, like basil or thyme
Add strawberries, cucumber, Pimm’s, herbs, and lemon to pitcher. Let sit 10 minutes. Add lemon soda. Serve over ice.
The other big drink for The Guild family is a gin and tonic. This is new to us this summer. I always assumed that all gin tasted like Christmas trees. Not what I am looking fo in a drink. Even in the holiday season... imagine my surprise when we landed in Scotland and one was ordered. It didn’t taste remotely like Christmas. No pinesol fresh flavor. What?! Gin can taste like florals? Botanicals? Citrus? I am in! Also... did anyone else know tonic is chalk full of sugar? Refreshingly Light Indian Tonic by Fever Tree is fantastic. As of right now I don’t know of a gin flight menu so you will have to trust me or head to Total Wine and ask for help there. We are currently loving Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice and Esme. Here’s the key. What makes it extra and shine. Pour in desired amount of gin (no judgement) then, and this is important, slice up 2-3 slices of cucumbers and squeeze 1/2 a lime. Don’t skip this. Cucumber and lime make the gin taste fantastic. If you have an herb garden and want to feel fancy throw a sprig of something in there. It isn’t necessary but does add a hint of glamour. Then add ice and tonic.
Wishing you cool nights and no hangovers
Please drink responsibly