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By Quinton Chandler

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Select your best panties, lather up and jump into the sun! It feels like winter has lasted longer than RuPaul’s Drag Race, and I’m ready to party! Summer 2018 is cranking up, and there are cocktails to serve!  My name is Quinton Chandler, and I am here to help you with your basic cocktails.  Here are my votes for summertime greatness.

Sipping Recommendations

There are so many spirits to try and sometimes walking into a liquor store can be like trying to figure out the difference in 45 different types of noodles at the grocery store. Many of the times we go straight for what we hear is the well or call at our favorite local bar. After working in bars for quite a few years, these are the three that I find to be something that I really enjoyed while bartending that many may not know about. These three are simple to use and are good enough to sip on!  Enjoy!

Mount Gay XO
A blend of rums from 8 to 15 years old.  Easy to sip with a few ice cubes to bring out its dry banana sweetness and light spice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tanqueray No. Ten Gin
Gin is by far one of my favorites. Released in 2000, No. Ten added four elements to the mix of regular Tanqueray with fresh white grapefruit, fresh lime, fresh orange and chamomile flowers for a total of eight elements. Perfect for making martinis. Dirty with three olives, please!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stolichnaya Elit Vodka
Definitely a top-notch vodka in my opinion. To appreciate the full flavors of Elit, serve it chilled, on ice or in a traditional martini. A little wobbly is ok.

Cocktails Impressions

Playing summer hits and getting fancy with your cocktail selection for pool parties or any summer event is one of the key elements. Having a great presentation makes sure your guests love what they’re drinking.  Calm down Becky, these drinks are delicious, not hard to make and will definitely make an impression when presented. I have included my Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic 2017 winning cocktail for Atlanta, The Violet Beauregard.  Have fun with these drinks.  They are going to be amazing!

 

 

Cucumber Mule

3 cucumber half moons

1/2 oz. freshly-squeezed lime juice

2 oz. cucumber vodka

4 oz. ginger beer

5 dashes celery bitters

Take cucumbers and lime juice and muddle into a cocktail shaker. Add ice, vodka, ginger beer and bitters. Stir, do not shake. Strain into a mule mug.

 

 

The Violet Beauregard

2 oz. Stoli Blueberi

1 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 oz. simple syrup

2 oz. Kevita pomegranate juice

1/2 oz. blue curacao

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake vigorously. Strain over fresh ice in a highball glass. Top with frozen blueberries and a lemon twist.

 

Georgia Pink Peach

2 oz. Stoli Peachnik

1 oz. fresh lemon juice

1 oz. simple syrup

2 oz. cranberry juice

Sprite

Mix ingredients except for Sprite into a shaker. Give a good shake and strain over ice in a highball glass and top with sprite. Serve with a lime and enjoy!

 

Green Tea Spritzer

2 oz. Makers Mark

1 oz. peach schnapps

1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice

Sprite

Mix ingredients except for Sprite into a shaker.  Shimmy shake and strain over ice in a 8 oz. rocks glass. Splash of sprite on top.  Garnish with lime.

Mix It Up in New Ways

Mixers are usually soda, tonic, coke, and cranberry.  Try something new! Treat it like the first tattoo when you just pointed at something on the wall and got it. When you go into the liquor store look out for these three mixers that people usually look over but should always try.  Even in your usual cocktail.

Orangina
A subtle blend of different citrus fruits (orange, lemon, grapefruit, mandarin) makes the recipe of this popular, lightly carbonated drink.  Shake well and serve!

 

 

 

 

Whynatte
This is a canned premium coffee drink that you can buy in a four pack and take on the go. This latte in a can is more than just a morning energy boost; while the drink itself does not contain any alcohol, it has been specially formulated to mix well with a slew of alcohols, which makes it the perfect pick-me-up mixer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regatta Ginger Beer
This is the ginger beer I have used many times in quite a few cocktails made over the years.  Regatta is a unique and zesty ‘ginger kick’ to any mixed drink, where ginger ale, club soda, or tonic might be used. Strong top notes of ginger with secondary notes of citrus, apple, and banana.

 

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