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May 14, 2009

Approaching 12,000 comments

By now, you had better know what that means.

But, for posterity's sake, I'll say it again: Who so ever posteth the 12,000th comment shall win cool stuff. Need something to discuss? How about this: Besides the mojito and the gin and tonic, what is the best summer cocktail?


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Posted by Sam Sessa at 7:30 AM | | Comments (33)
Categories: Random stuff




Congratulations, and welcome back!

Long Island Ice Tea. I want want right now, and its only 8:32 in the morning.

The G&T was my introduction in the to world of Branded Booze. I was a waiter and one of the older dudes I worked with told me to try Tanqueray. That was it. No more rail for me. There is NOTHING like a cool Tanq and Tonic on a warm summer day. I love 'em.

To gently feather in the summer cocktail hour I enjoy Pimm's No.1 Cup & soda with a cucumber garnish.

I love a nice John Daley on a hot summer day after cutting the grass.

Greyhound at City Limits. Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, vodka, and ice. Incredibly refreshing and crisp.

Mai Tai. But a real one, not one of those fake pink ones with lots of fruit juice. Only ingredients in a real mai tai are:
1. Rum
2. Orange Curacao
3. Rock Candy Syrup
4. Orgeat (Almond Syrup)
5. Lime Juice
6. Sprig of Mint (optional)
7. Ice
That's it! Most refreshing summer drink ever!

Ryan, what do you mean, "only ingredients?" You listed seven! That's a lot of ingredients!

I haven't tried it yet, but that Sweet Tea Vodka mojito mentioned here a few weeks back sounds good. Did someone finalize a name for that?

It's got to be a Frozen Rum Runner.

A BLT: Wheat grass juice, bacon vodka and tomato juice.

Hahaha. "Only" as in, don't put any stupid pineapple juice, orange juice, grenadine, Amaretto, lemon, or whatever into my Mai Tai!!!

Actually, you're right, though. It is a fairly complicated drink to make. It's very delicate, and just a little too much of any one ingredient totally throws off the balance of flavors. Which is why most places just dump in a bunch of fruit juice in lieu of taking the time to make it properly.

a mojito made with gin?

My mom has gotten me into Seabreezes (is that the appropriate pluralization??) this summer.

I'm also a fan of the mojito's cousin, the Parrott Bay Coconut Mojito. My first one of those was from one of the bars in the Party Block in O.C., and it was exquisite, but that may be a fuzzy memory, haha.

"Bahama mama, easy on the Bahama, heavy on the mama"!

When I was in college, my boyfriend at the time poured me some of his mother's Tanqueray. It tasted like a pine tree to me. I believe the quote was "it tastes like Christmas".

I think I'd probably like it better now, since I've moved away from the rail liquors, but I will always think of that, and probably never order it as a result, haha.

Trying to double my chance to win ;) Back to work now, though.

A Hendrick's martini with three olives.

Also, Dirty Banana with a floating rum shot from Seacrets. I named that as my favorite summer drink at work once without thinking how it sounded and have still never lived it down.

Really done now. That was just an afterthought, haha.

Moscow Mule!

Gin Rickey, mmmm

I guess Mama's Crushes are so 2008. Leave it to an old man to have just tried his first one.

A Negroni is my favorite summer drink. A nice balance of herbal flavors and so very refreshing.


firefly and lemonade

Gin and Pineapple is my year-round drink of choice...but it's especially nice on a warm day outside

oompa loompa

Orange crushes, all the way! I was glad to see someone finally mentioned them, SF!
Also, the gin fizz at the Gin MIll. As long as they are not hosting a Dundalk-style high school reunion upstairs, that is.

Tequila Sunrise
Vodka and Soda w/StGermain
Ice Pick
Appleton and Pineapple

Dark & Stormy, if you can find the ginger beer.

1/3 gin
1/3 Campari
1/3 sweet vermouth
In a tall glass with ice
garnish with an orange slice.

Also repels pirates

quote:a mojito made with gin?

When we lived in Germany, we were always bringing Cahshasha back from Sao Paulo and having long nasty Caiparina parties, most nights we drank everything that was not tied down. The party always crashed on the shore when we got to 'Gin-parinias' with Kiwis, Yanks, Aussies and Germans singing "ALMOST HEAVEN, GINPARINIA" at six in the morning. Ah to be young and English again.

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