Aloha! We’ve decided that it’s time for Tiki Month! While every month can be your very own Tiki Month, Alice and I felt that July was a good one — if not only because there’s the Fourth of Ju-Luau, but because it’s so roasty toasty outside, sometimes only a good tiki drink will work. For our first (of many) tiki drinks, let’s have a Banana Coconut Rum Smuggler!
Summer is great for refreshing drinks. I’m sure it’s great for other things, but me, I think of ways to cool off when it’s hot. That tends to involve fruit, citrus, ice and some sort of lighter booze (this is a site about cocktails, what else did you think I’d say?). With that in mind, let’s all gather ’round and have a Wild Strawberry Lime Cocktail!
I’m not sure what’s happened to the dignified institution of bartending, but (and I wish I were kidding) every single time I order a Godfather, I get a perplexed look, then a meek question asking what exactly that is. It’s not that extreme of a drink. Hell, it’s a classic! I digress. What I wanted was another option to (apparently confuse bartenders) drink that was similar to the Godfather. Hello Japanese Cocktail, you’ll do nicely!
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it maybe three times, I love a good Negroni. It’s a great pre-dinner cocktail that wakes up your taste buds getting you ready for a damn fine meal. The classic is a model of simplicity, one-part gin (because gin is awesome), one-part Campari and one-part sweet vermouth. However, what if you’re looking for something different? What if you’re looking to change your Negroni ways? Then you’re going to want to try an Orange Negroni!
When in doubt, if it’s warm out, citrus is your friend. Lemonade is a hit for a reason. Limeade, you bet. For those of you with a bit of a drinking bent, such as myself, a Margarita or three will hit the spot nicely. However, sometimes you want to expand your horizons. Sometimes you feel the urge to go beyond the everyday and go into the extraordinary. Well, for you my fine drinking friend, we have the Lemon Cardamom Pisco Sour!
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!