Hey gang, Valkor here. Just because summer is coming to a close, it doesn’t mean that the party has to stop. Hell, there's still a few weeks left, plus you have that long Labor Day weekend to look forward to. And to help things along, we’re tossing at you a few summer drink ideas to put a spark in your festivities; this comes from a variety of companies, so to learn more about their product, just click the name. Also the details that are italicized come directly from the press release
FOS Greek Mastiha: FOS Greek Mastiha liqueur is a clear spirit with a unique sweet taste. The prime ingredient of this spirit derives from resin of the Mastiha Tree, also known as the Crying Tree. The rare and natural tree resin is grown and cultivated exclusively on the small Mediterranean island Chios in Greece, unable to take root anywhere else in the world.
- Build in a tall wine / sangria glass
- 1 whole strawberry
- 3 white grapes
- 2 oz FOS Mastiha
- 1/2 oz simple syrup
- Muddle in glass
- Fill glass with ice cubes
- Top off with Sauvignon Blanc
El Consuelo: El Consuelo 100% Organic tequila is created with USDA certified blue weber agaves sourced from Jalisco in the Mexican region of Tequila, a region with unique climatic characteristics that yield a larger, fruitier agave – resulting in superior Tequila.
- - 2 oz El Consuelo Blanco
- - 1/2 oz Orange Curaçao
- - 1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice Fresh Lemon Juice
Toast Vodka: Made in the USA and distilled in Florida, Toast has drawn influence from the high-energy and endless summers found in Miami to shape its brand character as well as its unique formula based from coconut water. Not to be confused with a ‘flavored vodka,’ the coconut water used in Toast Vodka’s production is unsweetened and retains all the natural benefits while only subtly influencing the taste profile.
Sailor’s Toast Cocktail
- - 1.25 oz Vodka
- - 0.75 St Germain
- - 2oz of fresh grape juice
Peony: Peony is a unique, 5-times distilled vodka, developed from a recipe infused with an array of floral botanicals. Created by Three Meadow Spirits founder Leslie Farhangi, the brand was developed with inspiration taken from the uncomplicated ‘country-living’ lifestyle found in Dutchess County, located one hundred miles north of New York City.
- - 2 oz. Peony Vodka
- - 1 oz. fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
- - ¾ oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
- - ½ oz. St. Germain liqueur
- Shake all ingredients with ice, strain and pour into a tall ice-filled glass.
Allaire Rum: from Barbados is considered by many the archetype to be taken as a reference point for others. The rum is the ultimate expression of excellence from the island. Aged for a minimum of 3 years in oak barrels and filtered with a proprietary method that gives it a beautiful crystal tone and enhances the sensory richness.
- - 6 mint leaves plus extra sprigs to decorate
- - 1/2 lime, cut into wedges
- - 2 tsp sugar (simple) syrup (I used Monin)
- - 3 raspberries
- - 30ml | 1oz Allaire white rum
- - 1tbsp cherry brandy (or Chambord)
- - tonic water to top up (or use soda water)