Monday, June 8, 2009

Liquid Assets

Summer calls for preparations to your toes and wardrobe as you switch from boots to sandals and leather to linen, so why shouldn't your bar receive the same attention? Cheers!


[photo by
Thayer Allyson Gowdy.]

Stocking the Summer Bar:
• Abita's Strawberry Harvest Ale. Using strawberries exclusively from Louisiana's Tangipahoa Parish, this seasonal brew flies off grocery shelves in the blink of an eye. One sip and you'll understand why.
• Barritt's Ginger Beer. Just what you'll need to add the kick in a Dark N' Stormy. The perfect compliment to a sweltering day.
• Cachaça Rochinha. Make your next Caipirinha with a cachaça [fermented sugarcane juice] known for its sweet, spicy fruitiness with an overlay of wood smoke. Everyone will be dancing the Samba by nightfall.
• Firefly Vodka.Vodka that tastes just like Chick-fil-A sweet tea! Use as a shot, in frozen sweet tea drinks and even spiked Arnold Palmers.
• Patrón Citrónge. A premium reserve orange liqueur that is the pièce de résistance in margaritas on the rocks.
• St-Germain. The beauty of this elderflower liqueur is that it can be mixed a million different ways. It's quite the congenial spirit.
Lillet. A little Lillet, a splash of soda water, a slice of orange and voilà! You can bottle the feeling of Summer.
• Blenheim Ginger Ale. Ginger ale that means business.
• QTonic Water. Major bonus: this drier, slightly sweeter tonic is made with agave nectar rather than sticky corn syrup.
• Lemon-Mint Simple Syrup. The ultimate way to sweeten everything from a Gin Fizz to Iced Tea.
• In the Land of Cocktails. A must read and I'd suggest doing so while rocking on the porch with a Sazerac in hand.
Stainless Straws. Reusable, but—more importantly—memorable!

15 comments:

The Squirrel Girl said...

I tried Abita's Strawberry beer a few weeks ago and loved it! Perfect beer for a sunny afternoon.

Frau said...

Yummy they all sound great. I'm a margarita girl through and through.Well now it's Franziskaner Weissbier! Have a wonderful Day!

jae said...

great list...want to try them all...not at the same time. love the idea of stainless straws. i saw somewhere new vintage looking straws that are biodegradable. finally, right.

LouDuk said...

The vegetation in the background = awesome.

Anonymous said...

Greetings from New Orleans! Um, Abita just launched the Satsuma Wit. Brand new and flying off the shelves at Whole Foods. I snagged last night, but have not yet indulged. Cannot wait.

Stash said...

You had me at cocktail =)
However, I've been looking desperately for cool straws for an upcoming soiree. So a zillion thanks for the link. Saved me some research time.
Why obsess about straws, well, why not?

ita darling. said...

St. Germain and champagne is wonderful!Lillet is the stuff of dreams, Can't wait to try the Qtonic.

I got very happy last week re-discovering Central Market's pure fresh lime juice in pints- perfect for my summer drink concocting!

Chris Beverly said...

There is a new vodka that is being pushed really hard right now in Houston called FireFly. It's a sweet tea flavored vodka. Seriously, it tastes just like Chick-fil-A sweet tea. Bars are serving it as shots, in frozen sweet tea drinks and even spiked Arnold Palmers. Just thought I would share. Oh and here's a link if'n you want to research it...
http://www.fireflyvodka.com/

Take care sweet-tea,
(sorry, I couldn't stop myself)

Courtney said...

Chris: The most PERFECT addition to this list. So I added it, along with your amazing description. Now I just have to figure out how to get this goodness to me in KL. You're the best!

Angela said...

Ooh, thanks for the ideas! I just found another good summer cocktail recipe that I'm dying to try-muddled peaches, sage, and a little vodka topped off with sparkling wine. Mmmmm...

Liz Powers said...

Firefly is awesome but DANGEROUS (read: tastes like Chic-fil-a tea and not vodka). It's good, but on a hot day beware!

The Lil Bee said...

Big fan of St-Germain. And you know I love your Best Of guides and lists. Nicely done, sister:)

AT said...

Okay. NOW I'm thirsty.

amber {daisy chain} said...

oh goodness, you have no idea how good these look to me right now.

sinnlighet said...

Your blog is soooo

l o v e l y


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