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Summer tipples

One of my former students, Andrew Zaleski, was preparing an article for on summer drinks. For some reason, he approached me with a request for advice.


Any of you interested in instructing the young on the development of mature tastes in drink should feel welcome to comment.


Posted by John McIntyre at 1:05 PM | | Comments (8)


I've recently rediscovered the joys of a well-made Tom Collins.

As far as I'm concerned, your number one is the only one for summer. (It serves well the rest of the year too.)

Though some might consider me to be young myself, I have established a blog that is dedicated to encouraging my peers to approach drinking with a greater degree of sophistication. More specifically, I test out the pairing of craft beers, fine wines, and cocktails with video games. You can find the blog here.

Number 5 looks great! (Only how do you get the sun to go down again?)

Wait twenty-four hours.

I have two summer favourites.

* Campari Orange, with plenty of ice. A refreshing balance between sweet and bitter, and low enough in alcohol that you can drink it on hot summer days without a water chaser on the side.

* Mojito using tequila. Fresh minty taste, and the slight tartness of the tequila gives it a bit of an edge. And again, you can happily drink it without worrying about getting sloshed too quickly.

I wish to draw your attention to these fascinating photos of alcohol under the microscope, and to another eerily appropriate captcha request: "here enhanced".

No. 2, though only with ginger beer, never lemonade. Works best with a robust best bitter or a good malty mild, not one of the paler, more aromatic brews.

Or a nice, sharp Somerset or Wiltshire cider (cloudy, and definitely not fizzy).

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