For Father’s Day this year my family gave me a gift that I have wanted for several years: A large rope hammock. After hanging in my backyard, I laid down with the warm New Mexico sun shining, a perfect turquoise blue sky above, and a light breeze that kept me rocking. And as I slumbered lazily for a while I started to ponder what the perfect drink to imbibe upon would be to complete this scene. I wanted something simple to put together, something refreshing and cold, and something summery without any fuss. Needless to say more than one libation crossed my mind:
The Gin Rickey
- 1 1/2 oz Gin
- 3 oz club soda
- 1/2 fresh lime
Build in a tall glass with ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.
The next little drink to pass through my mind was the Dark n Stormy. This has been a favorite of many years, and is considered the National Drink of Bermuda. The ingredients are simple and the flavor intense and complex. With only 2 ingredients this is a staple to the summer
Dark N Stormy
- 2 oz Dark Rum (I prefer Gosling’s Black Seal
- 4 oz Ginger Beer
Build in a tall glass with ice. garish with a lime wedge. Ginger beer is key here. Ginger ale does not have the same kick, and though it makes a tasty beverage, it doesn’t quite live up to the name of this drink.
Finally, the last drink to pass through didn’t live up to the original criteria, but would be a real treat. My mind drifted to South America and I began to daydream my new hammock was swaying in the breeze beside a beach in Brazil. And as I relaxed the afternoon away, the sounds of waves hitting the beach as the tide rolled in filled the air along with the rhythms of samba playing in the distance. And as I watched the world go by, I was sipping a caipirinha.
The Caipirinha (Ki-pur-een-yah) is a kissing cousin to the Cuban daiquiri with some small variations. Made from cachaça (ka-shah-sa), the Brazilian style of rum, fresh lime sugar and served over crushed ice. The biggest difference between the two drinks is the limes are muddled versus squeezed which leads to a more citrus flavor as the oils from the peel are extracted.
- 1/2 lime cut into triangular wedges
- 1 oz simple syrup
- 2 oz Cachaça
- Crushed Ice
Cut a lime along the equator. Next lay the lime half cut side down. Make 2 cuts through the pole of the lime half and place in an Old Fashioned Glass. Add the simple syrup, and muddle to extract juice and oils. Add the cachaça and give a little stir. Fill the glass with crushed ice and using a spoon pull the limes gently from he bottom to the top of the glass to combine all ingredients.
Three simple summer sippers to choose from to enjoy my first afternoon in my new hammock. Each from different parts of the world: each simple yet flavor reaching beyond its individual parts. Which one did I choose….?
Well let’s just say I tried them all!