Light, summer, refreshing, tasty – yup, these are all descriptors that I want in a cocktail when it’s getting hotter. A citrus kick, a cooling flair, an unctuous mouthfeel (but maybe not a milkshake…today!), why yes, I know exactly the type of drink I need to banish this (basically) summertime heat. It’s time for a Cucumber Elderflower Cocktail!
If you’ve spent time around LA — or really any part of Central to Southern California — during June, then you’ve experienced the oddity that is June gloom. You’d think because it’s summer, the days would be amazing sun-washed experiences of brilliant glory. However, the sad reality is that coastal clouds overhang and put a damper the mood, hence June gloom. We decided it was time to turn that gloominess into a drinking opportunity. Get ready for the June Gloom (in cocktail form)!
Ah warm weather, it’s spectacular. You’ve got your beach trips, your backyard grilling, your cool drink sipping while sitting on the porch. While we technically do none of these things, I certainly do enjoy thinking about them. That cool drink however, we do sip those — just not on the porch. Let’s change things up with something a little different, the Southside!
I love fruity, tropical drinks. Yeah, I know that, technically speaking, alcohol is a depressant. However, the doesn’t mean that your drink has to be depressing. It should help you escape the humdrum, escape the everyday and slip off to somewhere exciting, somewhere exotic. That’s why I love a good Mai Tai, a quality Margarita and now, oh yes, now it’s time for the Bird of Paradise!
Occasionally, over brunch, a Screwdriver fits the bill perfectly. Orange and booze to start the day — who doesn’t like that? Though, when a tropical urge hits, I’ve been known to want something a little different, something with a little more sway in its style. Something much like the Hawaiian Screwdriver!
When Alice and I visited China, it confirmed what we’d already largely suspected: it’s not much of a cocktail culture. You’re looking at beer when you’re drinking there. Or baiju, but I promise you, don’t want that. That doesn’t mean you can’t make Chinese-inspired cocktails. Fruit, booze, fun and grandma’s cooking (the best restaurant we ate in Beijing was, basically, grandma’s cooking — it was epic)! Now, let’s have a Blue China to celebrate!
Spring and warmer weather (admittedly, living on the coast in California where I can see the ocean, I use my imagination when it comes to “cooler weather”) inevitably switch my drink desires from something dark and moody to something light and fruity. I’m man enough to admit that I enjoy a quality fruit-based cocktail — because they’re amazing. Let’s do, shall we? Blueberry Rum Fizz, you’re a go!
When Alice and I were exploring New Orleans and the cocktail scene, we barely scratched the surface. There’s just too much to explore and too many drinks to try. Clearly, we need to explore further, but that’s for another time. However, researching cocktails, that’s always good fun. Turns out there’s an epic cocktail that was hidden in plain sight that fully deserves further exploration: La Louisiane!