Believe it or not, we’ve already enjoyed a few solid weeks of fantastic weather here in Buffalo, NY. As a result I’ve made a few of my major seasonal transitions early this year, including switching up my drinks-of-choice.
Now, don’t get me wrong – I still love a good beer. There’s just something extra satisfying about soaking up the first few weeks of sun with the perfect thirst-quenching cocktail in hand. I detailed my inability to drink regular tonic in my last post, so I won’t go into that again, but I will tell you about two exceptionally refreshing summer cocktails that are simple to make and offer the thirsty masses a nice change from the usual G&T, V&T, or vodka cran.
The first drink is one that I owe to Liberty Hound, a fantastic local bar and restaurant right on our beautiful downtown waterfront. I was there last week enjoying a particularly beautiful day and I did so with a cocktail that they call a Homeward Bound. It was without a doubt the best drink I’ve had in a long time. In fact, I liked it so much, I recreated it myself and brought it to Greekster (a Greek Easter celebration I attended yesterday) as my drink-to-pass. All of my friends seemed really pleased and impressed, so I thought I’d share it with all of you as well.
Liberty Hound’s Homeward Bound
1. Muddle some fresh blueberries in a glass or a pitcher
2. Add ice if desired (optional)
3. Pour an ideal amount of your favorite light rum into the glass or pitcher
4. Fill the remaining space with fresh lemonade, stir, and enjoy
The other simple yet incredible drink I’ve been really into lately is the Dark & Stormy. It’s basically two ingredients, it looks awesome, and it’s really different in a very delicious way.
Dark & Stormy
1. Fill a glass with ice
2. Squeeze a lime wedge into the glass, then drop the wedge right in
3. Pour 2 oz (or so) of rum (Goslings is recommended but in a pinch any dark rum will do) into the glass
4. Fill the rest of the glass with the Ginger Beer of your choice (personally, I like Regatta), stir, and enjoy
I can’t imagine anyone not loving both of these drinks, so do yourself a favor and get familiar with them before it starts snowing again. You won’t regret it.