With the Summer almost gone and Fall knocking on our doors, ’tis the season to savor the last heat soothing breeze and inhale the sweet scent of summer fruit. Heat waves provided us with reason enough to have more than a handful of lazy beach days and the sun-kissed skin reflecting from the mirror suggests this is the best time to sit back, relax and sip a refreshing cocktail.
Here is a list of our end-of-summer favorites, guaranteed to make you look back at these days longingly during the cooler seasons ahead:
Summer Sangria with Watermelon and Pineapple
Nothing says Summer quite like a freshly cut slice of watermelon – and for dessert? A mouth watering hint of pineapple. Mix the two up, drizzle brandy, and pour a generous amount of Moscato wine, and you’ve got yourself a party.
Vanilla and Fresh Cherry Bourbon Cocktail
Have a slightly more sophisticated and old-fashioned taste? Why not challenge your taste buds in this sugar (cherries), spice (Bourbon) and everything nice (vanilla extract) drink that was inspired by the sovereign of the vanilla business, master Massey? One sniff of this potion will have you giddy in no time.
Rosemary-Infused Honey Sidecars
With its sugared rim and a dash of honey occasionally substituted for a citrusy orange liqueur, one gulp is enough to assure the classic Cognac cravers they will not feel left out. Spiked with a sour spritz of lemon juice and adorned by a single fresh rosemary sprig, this funky cocktail is not for the faint hearted.
If you are looking for more subtle sweetness and a knotty insight, the Elderflower cocktail is the perfect choice. With its light and stimulating white-wine base, sippers of this afternoon classic can enjoy multiple refills, as this drinkable dish is best served cold – and in a large pitcher.