Friday, July 3, 2009

Buvare: My 5 Summer Cocktails

Summer weather may have just hit LA, but in the past several weeks I've already begun concocting a handful of cocktails that sure do quench a hot afternoon thirst. Here are my current favorites:

Kumquat Drop (or, Fallen Fruit Cocktail)
1 1/2 ounces Crater Lake Vodka
1 ounce fresh-picked-lemon juice
3/4 ounce Tuaca
1/2 ounce agave nectar
dash blood orange bitters
1 fresh-picked kumquat, halved
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
Shake. Strain into a martini glass.

1 ounce Campari
1 ounce Hendricks Gin
1 ounce Lemon Grove Limoncello
splash of sparkling mineral water
orange slice
Combine all ingredients except mineral water in a mixing glass with ice. Stir. Strain into a double old-fashioned over cracked ice. Top with mineral water. Garnish with orange slice.Coconut Lime Rickey
1 1/2 ounces Mount Gay white rum
1 ounce fresh coconut juice
3/4 ounce Velvet Falernum
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce agave nectar
1 lime wedge
Using a large drill bit, twist holes into 2 of the coconut's "eyes." Drain liquid through a fine sieve. In a cocktail shaker, combine coconut juice, lime juice, Velvet Falernum, agave and rum. Shake. Strain into a tumbler over ice. Garnish with lime wedge.

1 ounce rye
1 ounce Laird's Applejack
3/4 ounce fresh meyer lemon juice
1/2 ounce pure maple syrup
1/4 ounce sweet vermouth
dash Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel-Aged bitters
orange peel
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Stir. Strain into a coupe. Garnish with flamed orange peel (learn how here).

Strega Margarita
1 ounce tequila
1 ounce Strega
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
pinch of salt
splash of Tuaca
Combine all ingredients except Tuaca in a cocktail shaker.
Shake, and strain into a high ball over ice. Float with the Tuaca.

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