@PlacidPenguin Me neither. I would have to go to a place and someone would have to say something like “we are drinking cocktails and not other things”, or “would you like an old fashioned, whatever that is, sir?” I haven’t gone to those places.
Mine is somewhat similar - it’s a fruity concoction. Malibu rum plus any tropical fruit juice like pineapple or mango and a splash of ginger ale or sprite/7 up. Prefer all ingredients cold but over ice is ok.
Because of fun stomach problems, I had to quit drinking. There were so many different drinks I would have on a hot day. Something no one is going to say though and everyone should try is ice water with several shots of fruit liquor.
It’s cold and refreshing. It’s like a flavored water that gives you a buzz. If i was actually trying to get drunk off this, i would do a 1:1 water to booze. That ratio is absolutely not for everyone though.
@evilstan60 Yes, is very good. Over a decade ago, I returned from a week on St Thomas and St John in late March with 8 bottles of fruit flavored rum… by the end of that Summer, the rum was all used up, mostly as you suggest here.
@RedOak If only Costco could sell liquor in Oregon. My ocassional roadtrips to California help (my current vodka bottle is Kirkland). But they aren’t frequent enough to keep everything stocked the way I would like.
@AleArni My family in Ashland makes occasional runs to that place in Hilt to stock up. I often stop there when we go up to visit. They actually have pretty good prices. And occasionally a real steal. They had Anchor Old Potrero whiskey for $50 a bottle last time I was there.
Probably my favorite is a buck: gin or vodka or rum or whiskey with ginger ale/beer and lemon or lime juice over ice. There are various names for specific bucks (Dark-n-Stormy, Moscow Mule, etc.) but anything with ginger, citrus and a spirit is technically a buck.
When I don’t have ginger syrup on hand (I make my own), I’ll go with a tom (or vodka) collins (gin or vodka, lemon juice, water or seltzer over ice).
Recently tho, I’ve been pouring gin (or vodka) over ice and adding triple sec or sweet vermouth, and sometimes a dash of whiskey. When I want something lighter, I’ll cut this with water or seltzer.
If I want something even lighter, I’ll use a decent lager (Rolling Rock, PBR, etc.) instead of a spirit in either a buck or a collins.
I hardly ever drink any more, but I used to love gin, grapefruit juice, cranberry juice, and a bit of sugar…in whichever proportions seemed right at the time.
I also really liked whiskey (or whisky!) sours for several years, though nothing like the official drink, I’m sure, because I’ve never been one for measuring or consistency.
But…liquor costs money, and I’m cheap, and I just don’t enjoy it like I used to.
@Dweezle Before craft beer became a thing, my long-time go-to drink was a Salty Dog: 2 parts gin/vodka over 3 parts grapefruit juice in a salted, ice-filled glass. Really good flavor & much more thirst-quenching than sugary cocktails.
12 oz frozen orange juice concentrate
12 oz frozen lemonade concentrate
2 cup sugar
2 cup bourbon
6 tea bags
Dissolve the sugar in 7 cups boiling water
Add orange juice and lemonade concentrate
simmer tea bags in 4 cups boiling water
Add 2 cups of tea
Freeze in shallow container
Scrape into glasses
A michelada. Kinda like a beer bloody Mary. Mexican beer, clamato, lime, hot sauce, salt. That’s the basic ingredients. Everybody makes them a little different. Very refreshing. Had first one while diving in Belize many years ago.
Being a Pittsburgh guy, the Boilermaker is always good, but here is the summer variant: Hard Cider and a shot of blackberry whiskey. I guess it counts a a cocktail. Oooh, and an interesting variant on that: Guinness and a shot of vanilla whiskey.
Margarita. Real margarita, not the $1.99 sugar sack version at the grocery store. If you get it at a restaurant and do the cheaper well version tell them to toss a splash of orange juice in there and it helps.
When it starts getting warm we have a “first Negroni of the season” ritual. There’s also the Summer Negroni which is gin, Aperol, and Bianco vermouth. But we have a large rotation of cocktails so there isn’t a single go-to. We do tend to have more drinks with fizzy mixers (soda, tonic, or ginger beer) in the summer. Last year I got the Smuggler’s Cove book and started making tiki drinks. Some of those are especially good in the summer.
I survived a week with my parents in Italy with the help of Aperol Spritzes. Aperol, prosecco, a splash of seltzer on ice in a wine glass with a slice of orange. Tart, refreshing, tasty, and (at least in Italy) pretty cheap!
I am only equipped, in my current summer living quarters, to make an old fashioned, which is refreshing compared to what I usually drink, which is whiskey.
Otherwise, my go-to is a Tom Collins. It’s refreshing on its own and is a good base for whatever additional fruits you like.
Raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, cherry, canteloupe, even freakin honeydew can be muddled in the shaker before shaking and you’ve got yourself a tasty beverage.