It’s Friday. It’s spring. It’s time to drink.
There are certain things I will always love in life: sleep, makeup, food, and a good cocktail. I can drink hot toddies year-round, but nothing beats a cold drink on a hot day.
I’m not normally a mixed drink fan; I prefer bourbon on the rocks, red wine, and a good, craft beer. Simple. But, when the weather heats up, I imbibe in something a bit lighter. Here are five of my favorite spring and summer cocktails:
White Wine Spritzer
I always thought a spritzer was the most pretentious drink in the world. But I love them. The classic spritzer includes chilled white wine of your choice (I tend to choose Riesling) and club soda, but I prefer sparkling water. I typically use Pellegrino, but recently started using lime-flavored LaCroix. I’m terrible with proportions, but I (probably) mix a cup of wine and half a cup of sparkling water. Pour over ice. Refreshing.
We’re only three weeks out from the Kentucky Derby and it’s important you know how to make the quintessential drink! Recipe from Early Times, located here.
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
Bourbon of your choice (this is a recipe from Early Times, so, give it a whirl)
Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight. Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces of Early Times Kentucky Whisky. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
Yes, another bourbon drink. What is the title of my blog? Anyway, this is another Derby favorite. Try to make it the night before; it takes a long time to freeze!
*This recipe uses Ale8, a soda sold in Kentucky. It’s similar to ginger ale and you can use that as a substitute. Recipe from here.
6- 12 ounce bottles of Ale-8-One
3/4 cups Kentucky bourbon
Pour Ale-8-one in a sauce pan, bring to a boil. Cook until reduced by half, about 15- 20 minutes. Remove pan from burner and add bourbon. Once the liquid has cooled transfer to freeze-safe container and place in the freezer. When ready to serve, allow the mixture to thaw until slushy, place in a blender to reincorporate.
Back to simplicity. Mix Pink Lemonade vodka OR Citrus vodka with your choice of lemonade: you can use fresh lemons or a mix. The pink lemonade vodka is delicious and sweet- I’m not a vodka drinker (too much Dark Eyes in college) but this is one of my favorite summer drinks! Again, I just kind of wing the proportions: one cup vodka, 1/2 cup lemonade. I’m bad at math.
The old faithful. I get a hankering for a frozen margarita on occasion. If you want to make one at home, try Christine’s Pineapple Margaritas! These will be a huge hit in our house this year.
What are you drinking this weekend?