Records & Cocktails: Drinks to Ease You Out of Summer
Records and cocktails go together like…records and cocktails. In our Records & Cocktails series, we share recipes, tips, resources, and more to up your cocktail game. In our first edition, we discussed how to build out a quality home bar and how to get the most variety out of the fewest ingredients. With the season’s changing, we’re back to help squeeze the last fresh drops out of the summer heat and to transition happily into Fall.
Early Fall means different things in different places, as we’ve discovered. Up North, leaves are changing. There is a bite in the air. Down South, the broiler is still on. But whether you’re still winding down summer or gearing up for the cold, here are some cocktail recommendations to make the season.
It still feels like a steam bath…
If the heat is still on, keep cocktailing like it’s summer. Keep the drinks light and damn near frozen.
Gin Rickey - This is as crisp and refreshing as they get. ½ oz lime juice (or squeeze half a lime), 2 oz gin. Fill the rest of a collins glass with ice and club soda to taste. This is a deceptively simple cocktail that’s extremely refreshing.
A LITTLE MORE TO IT…
Knickerbocker Club - One of our favorite recipes from 12 Bottle Bar, (see our previous coverage), it offers a lot of flavor without too much sugar. Add a few ice cubes to a Collins glass. Pour in 1 ½ oz Cognac, ¾ oz lemon juice, 1 tsp simple syrup, and two dashes of aromatic bitters. Top with club soda (but don’t overdo it) and stir.
Ruby Sizzle: A Deep Cut original, invented out of necessity. Combine 2 oz gin, ¾ oz grapefruit juice, ¾ oz of agave syrup, two dashes of aromatic bitters, and 10 thick slices of fresh jalapeno in a shaker. Add ice and shake for 60 seconds. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a grapefruit peel or slice of jalapeno. It packs a little kick, but as long as you don’t shake it too long, it should just be a hint of spice at the tail end.
Now It’s starting to get chilly…
If September means heading to the attic for your sweaters, you’ll want cocktails that aren’t as bone-chilling. Ditch the rocks and look for more viscosity.
Manhattan - Though chilled, this classic doesn’t feel as cold because it’s boozy and gets some extra body from the vermouth. The secret here is good vermouth (Dolin is our go-to). After opening, keep it refrigerated, and throw it out if it’s more than three months old. Pour 2 oz of rye whiskey, 1 oz of sweet vermouth, and a dash of orange bitters into a shaker. Add ice and shake for 30 seconds. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with orange peel. Or, if you’ve recently been to Michigan, add some cocktail cherries from a place like Six Lugs.
Steammy Old Fashioned - This one comes care of Saloonbox, a subscription cocktail service that we’ve been enjoying for the past few months. The drink uses cold brew espresso that thickens it up, which feels nice if there’s a nip in the air. Coat a highball glass with 1 oz of simple syrup. Add ½ oz of cold brew espresso, two dashes of orange bitters and a large ice cube to the glass. Pour 1¾ oz bourbon over the ice cube, and stir for 30 seconds.
What are your favorite late Summer or early Fall cocktail recipes?
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