I've been pretty busy and mostly absent from posting here for quite a while. Thought I'd pop in with a new thread since summer is approaching like a runaway freight train.
I thought I'd dedicate a thread to summer drinks. This can be mixed drinks, spirits, beer, wine etc. What do you reach for on a hot day? What do you mix up for your guests for a summer barbecue? What spirits do you like to sip during the hot months?
I personally love a good G&T. The classic Rum drinks are a no brainer either. A well made Witbier always hits the spot too. For wine, you can't beat a good chilled Prosecco or sparkling wine (although Prosecco is pretty much good all year).
I'd also like to share one I've been mixing up. Its based on the Papa Doble, or Hemingway Daiquiri. I hate blended drinks, not for what the represent to mixed drinks, but because its a pain to pull out the blender ever time. I started mixing this because I usually have everything on hand, and can be mixed with no prep. I've never actually measured anything, so here goes:
Fill an old fashioned glass with ice. Add ~2oz rum (I like Appleton Estate because its tasty and not very expensive, but a white rum will do too). Add a splash (~1oz) of Maraschino Liqueur(about $15 for 750mL at my liquor store). Top off with a splash of grapefruit juice and some soda water.
Like I said, this isn't a true Papa Doble, or Daiquiri. You can control the sweetness with the liqueur, or leave it out all together. Its very tasty if you are in the mood for something mixed and doesn't require cutting limes or making simple syrup. Not that those things are bad, I just don't happen to have them around all the time. I always keep some grapefruit juice around because I love mixing it with vodka.
Anyways, feel free to share your favorite summer drinks (classic or concocted), beers and wines!