Pigskin season kicks off tonight, TV’s newest pilots air next week and its about time to switch from iced coffee to regular. In short, fall is here. But just because summer’s sailed doesn’t mean we have to give up on summer cocktails. A recent vodka “tutorial” with our friends from 42Below made that point clear when they let us indulge in over a dozen fruity vodka-infused libations. Yes, we take our work very seriously.
We polled our staff to come up with our top five. Here are the recipes, so you can whip up a little bit of summer at home, whenever you feel like it. Cheers.
your Derby drink done differently
•30 mls (1 oz) 42BELOW Honey
•15 mls (1/2 oz) pineapple juice
•15 mls (1/2 oz) part gomme or simple syrup
•6 chunks of pineapple
•12 mint leaves
•Dash of Angostura bitters
In a highball glass, muddle together the pineapple and mint with simple syrup, then add spirits and juice. Fill with crushed ice, then churn before serving with a pineapple chunk and a sprig of mint.
so refreshing you'll want to splash your face with it
•1 1/2 parts vodka (unflavored)
•1/3 part fresh lemon juice
•1/3 part simple or sugar syrup
•3 parts soda water
•2 parts cucumber juice, or 6 large chunks of cucumber, peeled and diced
•Cucumber peel to garnish
In a mixing glass, muddle together the cucumber chunks (if using chunks). Then combine 42BELOW Vodka, juices and simple syrup, and fill with ice. Shake well, then strain into a Collins or highball glass filled with crushed ice. Top with soda water and garnish with a long strip of cucumber peel.
because real men don't shy away from pink drinks
•1 part vodka (unflavored)
•1 part Grand Marnier or rich
•5 parts berry smoothie
•Orange slice to garnish
Fill a highball glass with ice, add spirits, then top with smoothie. Squeeze in a slice of citrus and stir.
KIWI BERRY CAIPIROSKA
change the way you see kiwi with this good-looking concoction
•45 mls (1 1/2 oz) 42BELOW Kiwi
•10 mls (1/3 oz) gomme or simple syrup
•4 strawberries, hulled and chopped
•4 wedges of lime
In a mixing glass, muddle the limes and strawberries together with the sugar syrup. Add 42BELOW Kiwi and fill with ice. Shake vigorously, then pour all contents into a short glass.
don't be fooled by the glass; this one's got bite
•30 mls (1 oz) 42BELOW Passion
•30 mls (1 oz) pineapple juice
•Dash of gomme or simple syrup (optional)
•Half a red chili, seeded
•4 chunks of pineapple
•4 mint leaves
•Mint tip to garnish
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the chili and pineapple. Add mint, 42BELOW Passion, juice and gomme, if needed. Fill with ice, shake sharply and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a mint tip.