Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Cocktail of the Summer


Holy deadlines! I have three major ones this week, but if all goes to plan I should be fine. Luckily, Mike had the foresight to snap some shots of my current favorite cocktail over the weekend. It makes for a nice, easy recipe to post on a day when I really need one!

Wine is my first love, but lately, I’ve renewed my enthusiasm for cocktails. I rarely drink vodka in any form (I’m more of a gin girl), but lately that classic vodka and cranberry combo has been tasting really good. The other week, Mike discovered a Ziploc baggie of Meyer lemon juice in our freezer that I had leftover from some recipe saved for a rainy day—it make a fabulous martini, with vodka of course.

During the summer though, certain cocktails really shine. I love drinks with lots of lime, like Margaritas and Caipirinhas, but now I can’t get enough of this new, simpler sipper—dark rum and pineapple juice with a squeeze of lime. I should come up with a good name for this. Any suggestions?

I know it’s not particularly creative, but it’s so tasty. The lime is essential to add some zip to the sweet pineapple juice. It’s best with dark rum, but not spiced (like Captain Morgan’s); that would be a whole different drink. So that’s my contribution to your Tuesday. When I get over my deadlines, I think I’ll celebrate with one. What is your drink of the summer so far?

Dark Rum & Pineapple
Though Dole pineapple juice is not a requirement, I like it and you can buy 6-packs of little individual cans—handy!

Makes 1

1 shot dark rum (1 1/2 ounces)
Dole pineapple juice
1 lime wedge

Fill a rocks glass with ice and add rum. Fill glass with pineapple juice, or to taste. Squeeze the lime into the drink and enjoy.

12 comments:

Kristen said...

I had a deadline filled week last week... ugh. This week I'm smooth sailing!
Hope your articles go well. This cocktail looks like a great way to celebrate when you are all done :)

Christie's Corner said...

For once, I have all the required ingredients in the house! I'll have to give this a try tonight!

Diana Burrell said...

It looks like we have similar drink tastes. This looks yummy. I'm on deadline today, and this drink will hit the spot around 4 p.m.

Diana Burrell said...

As for names, how about "The Deadline Chaser" or "Rum Runner"? Not particularly creative ....

Julie said...

Kristen: I can't wait until next week; I'm anxious to catch up on everything on my backburner.
Charmain: As great as a novel cocktail may sound, I'm never going to go to the trouble and expense of getting a lot of ingredients together. Guess that's why I've been drinking something so simple!
Diana: I love "Deadline Chaser." Seriously.

nicole said...

I am right there with you on the deadlines ... good luck!

I'd have to say my fav. summer cocktail is a gin and tonic, although since I live in (freezing, foggy) SF, I mostly drink red wine to warm up ...

Cheryl said...

Julie, my friend Alison came over for dinner this past weekend and was in charge of the drinks. She brought a green tea liqueur with her and made what she called Zen Mojitos. They were terrific: very lime-y and minty, with a little sweetness from the liqueur and simple syrup. I don't have the proportions, but you should give it a go!

zenana said...

I agree with Nicole, summer means gin and tonic! Here's two great tricks to really tick up your drink: freeze tonic ice cubes and use instead of regular ice, and add a dash of bitters. What a great drink.

Mallika said...

How about pina libre or free pineapple? A take on cuba libre and to celebrate your freedom from deadlines? Good luck with them...

Sarah said...

Ooo, my summer drink of choice is caipirinha, the Brazilian drink made with cachaca rum, sugar, and lime. A friend of mine hails from Brazil and makes a great version with mint. The only problem is, caipirinha is a little TOO easy to drink--I need to limit myself to two glasses. Otherwise, I get pretty giggly!

Julie said...

Cheryl:I've had that green tea liqueur, and it is tasty! I think the drink also had sake and cucumber...but I could be confused. Your friend's version sounds delish.
Zenana: Great idea for the ice cubes! I love bitters, but I've never put it in G&T (which is one of my ALL-TIME fave cocktails).
Mallika: love it, esp. pina libre
Sarah: Mike and I LOVE caipirinhas! So much. Yes, they go down really easily, but they are not at all sissy drinks, as you know:)

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy to have recently discovered this blog. It's nice to know there are like-minded food folks in FTL. Lately, I've been mixing infused vodkas with regular old unsweetened iced tea. So simple and yet so refreshing. Some good choices are Absolut Peach and Stoli Blackberi.

-Lo