THINGS WE LOVE: COOL SIPS

07/14/11

The temperatures are rising, and the Bowen & Company team has been comparing notes on the best way to quench our summer thirst. What is your favorite drink on a hot summer’s day? Comment below to share your go-to recipe. We are vowing to try them all before Labor Day!

COREY ON THE PAINKILLER
A staple at my family gatherings, the infamous Painkiller originated at the Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands. The Bar doesn’t have a dock, so ordering a cocktail means swimming to shore, thus earning the Soggy Dollar its name. And, you can probably guess how the cocktail got its name.

4 oz. Pusser’s® dark rum
4 oz. pineapple juice
1 oz. coconut milk
1 oz. orange juice

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with nutmeg and serve.

DAVID ON ROSÉ
Portland, Oregon is known for its Pinot Noirs, and so I was thrilled to discover “Glass” Willamette Valley White Pinot Noir from J.K. Carriere Wines on a recent visit. Winemaker and native Oregonian Jim Prosser is candid, interesting, and a little irreverent, as are his wines. “Glass” is complex with a lemon-limey, earthy and grapey palate. It’s the perfect choice for a summer evening, and unlike many rosés, it can march forward boldly into dinner and stand up to your most creative summer fare.

MEGAN ON MOCKTAILS
It’s always nice to have a festive summer drink that both kids and adults can enjoy. I love the Virgin Mai Tai for a twist on the classic Hawaiian cocktail. It’s simple to make and delicious to drink. Plus, the minors and designated drivers at your next gathering will appreciate the extra effort.

LAUREN ON MOJITOS
I was never a huge fan of Mojitos, but when I tasted my uncle’s version, I quickly fell in love. His secret ingredient is Limeade!

5 mint leaves
1 tablespoon simple syrup or 1 packet Splenda
2 slices lime
club soda
limeade
1 ½ oz. rum

Place mint leaves in a glass and muddle. Add simple syrup and limes and muddle again. Add a splash of club soda and mix. Next add ice, rum, and equal parts club soda and limeade. Stir and serve.

KRISTIN ON THE PIMM’S CUP
The Spaniards have Sangria, and the Brits have Pimm’s. I recently had a pitcher on my trip to the English countryside, but I love it by the cup. It’s a quick, easy, and often unexpected treat for guests at my summer gatherings. But, I’ll admit I fixed myself one last night for no reason at all except that a cool, breezy evening in mid-July seemed like cause for celebration.

Fill a glass with ice. Add one part Pimm’s No. 1 and two parts ginger ale. To garnish, drop in sliced cucumbers (essential!), strawberries, and mint if you have it. Stir and enjoy. More recipes at epicurious.com.

We’re thirsty for your favorite recipes. Comment below to share what you’re sipping this summer!