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NFT: What's your summer drink of choice?

RC in MD : 6/25/2020 7:32 am
And what would you recommend?

My favorite summer beer is 21st Amendment's Hell or High Watermelon wheat beer. Definitely refreshing for the hot summer days.

My new cocktail of choice is something called a Sneaky Russian Neighbor that my wife's best friend introduced to us. It's sort of a time consuming drink to make, but my wife made a rather large batch of it for Father's Day. I just mix the infused vodka with the shrub mix and soda water over ice and sip it out on the deck.

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When asked which other Fox’s Den cocktail Tommy would recommend, he suggested the Sneaky Russian Neighbor: vanilla- and cinnamon-infused breck vodka, peach blackberry vinegar shrub, soda – made in house.

This was a fun cocktail to learn about! The work that goes into the ingredients is amazing. When I asked what Tommy’s favorite part of working at Fox’s Den is, he says “the staff and then the creativity of the menu and freedom to create”. The Sneaky Russian Neighbor is a perfect example of this. Sous-vide is a is a method of cooking in which food is sealed in airtight plastic bags then placed in a water bath or in a temperature-controlled steam environment for longer-than-normal cooking times (source: Wikipedia). Using this method creates the vanilla- and cinnamon-infused Breck vodka. The flavor is evenly distributed and is much better than any shelf flavored vodka I’ve tasted.

Match this with house-made soda and the peach blackberry shrub—peach, blackberries, white wine vinegar and raw cane sugar—mixed together and mingling for an entire week, and you’ve got yourself a beautifully crafted and custom cocktail. Garnished with peach slices and vanilla bean, this cocktail is both pretty and refreshingly tasty.

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I always love a Martini, but my 5:00 got to lately has been  
Victor in CT : 6/25/2020 7:38 am : link
Stoli and soda with a wedge of lemon or lime. I also like Campari in the summer.
There is nothing quite like  
section125 : 6/25/2020 7:40 am : link
an ice cold lager beer especially after yard work or golf.

or

the simple vodka tonic.

a freshly made sangria ain't bad either

Ice cold beer  
US1 Giants : 6/25/2020 7:56 am : link
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An ice cold  
SFGFNCGiantsFan : 6/25/2020 7:58 am : link
IPA.
Hot summers days  
johnnyb : 6/25/2020 7:59 am : link
call for a dry Rose. We drink a lot of red wine in the winter but when the weather warms a Rose is a nice change of pace. For a cocktail My wife and I enjoy a refreshing Moscow Mule. A mojito may find its way also but too sweet to drink all day. And for beer I prefer a citrusy IPA. New Belgium’s Citradelic is my preference.
In the summer  
pjcas18 : 6/25/2020 8:11 am : link
I may add an ice cube to my titos or bourbon
RE: In the summer  
section125 : 6/25/2020 8:18 am : link
In comment 14924674 pjcas18 said:
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I may add an ice cube to my titos or bourbon


Damn purist....
Stiegl radler  
Greg from LI : 6/25/2020 8:38 am : link
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My wife bought me a bottle of Angels Envy Rum Cask Bourbon  
Brown Recluse : 6/25/2020 8:55 am : link
for Fathers Day and its really fantastic.

Summer drinks  
TyreeHelmet : 6/25/2020 9:23 am : link
Gin and tonic
Palermo
Tequila with limes on the rocks.
Transfusions
Ice cold beer.
RE: My wife bought me a bottle of Angels Envy Rum Cask Bourbon  
pjcas18 : 6/25/2020 9:28 am : link
In comment 14924688 Brown Recluse said:
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for Fathers Day and its really fantastic.


that picture is actually the Angels Envy Rye. I have it, haven't tried it yet. Is that actually what you have and is it good?

Angels Envy used to be my favorite bourbon until I was able to get Blanton's again. Blanton's and Wellers are now my go to.

Wellers makes an "antique 107" with a maroon label which is great.
New Zealand style Sauvignon Blanc,  
BlueLou'sBack : 6/25/2020 9:37 am : link
Alsatian style Pinot Gris
Cold IPA
Spanish Reds to go with grilled meats,
(Garnacha based, preferably.)

I've pretty much given up the hard stuff even in mixes, although a classic Gin based dry martini or two could sneak onto a brunch menu, as opposed to Mimosas.
RE: RE: My wife bought me a bottle of Angels Envy Rum Cask Bourbon  
Brown Recluse : 6/25/2020 9:46 am : link
In comment 14924698 pjcas18 said:
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for Fathers Day and its really fantastic.




that picture is actually the Angels Envy Rye. I have it, haven't tried it yet. Is that actually what you have and is it good?

Angels Envy used to be my favorite bourbon until I was able to get Blanton's again. Blanton's and Wellers are now my go to.

Wellers makes an "antique 107" with a maroon label which is great.


I like them both a lot but the rum cask is much better. It just has a really great finish. I do enjoy Blantons as well.

I'll have to check out the antique 107.
too many beers to name so i'll go booze  
UConn4523 : 6/25/2020 9:47 am : link
I've been very much into infusing and spice is great for summer cocktails. I usually go with one of the below:

2.5-3oz of either The Botanist Gin
1 oz lime juice
big slice of Jalapeno
over ice

or

2.5-3oz of Jalapeno infused Espolon Tequila
1 oz lime juice
1 slice each of lime and jalapeno
over ice

So very similar I just dial back the spice a bit with Gin since the botanicals of the Gin should still shine.
My go to IPA this year..  
Sean : 6/25/2020 10:11 am : link
has been the New England Chowdah IPA from Lone Eagle Brewing in Flemington, NJ. I’ve really grown to love cold IPA’s in the summer.
Tanguery Rangpur and bitter lemon is a good one  
gtt350 : 6/25/2020 11:03 am : link
must be the Rangpur
i dont drink alcohol  
nygiants16 : 6/25/2020 11:04 am : link
so i will go with my ice cold unicorn blood
so many  
bigbluehoya : 6/25/2020 11:07 am : link
Casamigos/soda squeeze of lime
Margaritas
Founders All Day IPA
Brooklyn Summer Ale
Tito's/rocks
Tito's with Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic

if on the beach and too early in the day to get really banged up, Mango flavored White Claws are good.
ice cold Bud Light  
BigBlue2112 : 6/25/2020 11:13 am : link
none of that fancy stuff
Mint  
Reb8thVA : 6/25/2020 11:25 am : link
Juleps .
gin rickeys are very refreshing  
Greg from LI : 6/25/2020 11:32 am : link
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Now I want a mojito.  
RicFlair : 6/25/2020 11:36 am : link
Mojito.
I'm generally a fancy beer  
jv : 6/25/2020 11:37 am : link
IPA guy but....... I have to say Naturdays might be the perfect summer beer.
RE: Now I want a mojito.  
Victor in CT : 6/25/2020 11:58 am : link
In comment 14924766 RicFlair said:
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Mojito.


it's 5:00 somewhere!
I call it the "Graziano"  
LG in NYC : 6/25/2020 12:30 pm : link
Tito's
Poland Spring Seltzer Water
Splash of pink Grapefruit juice (sweet, not tart)
Lime

Oskar Blues  
JB_in_DC : 6/25/2020 12:42 pm : link
has been my favorite brewery since quarantine hit.

Can o Bliss IPA if I'm just having a couple, Mamas Little Yella Pilsner if I'm getting after it and the sun is beating down.
greyhound w/ titos  
Eric on Li : 6/25/2020 12:47 pm : link
also just about anything else with titos.
pretty much  
Dennis From Madison : 6/25/2020 12:55 pm : link
any double IPA Sycamore Brewery makes. I just picked up 48 cans of their Double Snuggle IPA. Yum.

I also got 24 cans of each of two other seasonal IPAs. I don't need to go back out again for quite awhile.

SC doesn't let you have alcohol delivered with your groceries. Such an archaic law when if I lived about 5 miles across the NC border I'd have no such issues.
I'll let Mr Clavin explain  
YAJ2112 : 6/25/2020 12:58 pm : link
why the answer is always cold beer
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Vodka and seltzer (any flavor) lots of ice  
djm : 6/25/2020 1:19 pm : link
or Vodka and iced tea. Lots of ice. Not too much sugary iced tea if you can avoid it. Ideally you use the unsweetened but I only have the sugary powder mix. If you don't use too much it's perfect.
RE: I call it the  
djm : 6/25/2020 1:20 pm : link
In comment 14924785 LG in NYC said:
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Tito's
Poland Spring Seltzer Water
Splash of pink Grapefruit juice (sweet, not tart)
Lime


this is good too!
RE: Vodka and seltzer (any flavor) lots of ice  
djm : 6/25/2020 1:21 pm : link
In comment 14924804 djm said:
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or Vodka and iced tea. Lots of ice. Not too much sugary iced tea if you can avoid it. Ideally you use the unsweetened but I only have the sugary powder mix. If you don't use too much it's perfect.


And lemon wedges....lots.
Ice tea and gatorade rain berry  
D HOS : 6/25/2020 1:24 pm : link
super cold.
RE: I'll let Mr Clavin explain  
Victor in CT : 6/25/2020 1:25 pm : link
In comment 14924798 YAJ2112 said:
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why the answer is always cold beer Link - ( New Window )


CLASSIC! that show is never on anymore. tragic
Three Floyds  
cactus : 6/25/2020 1:32 pm : link
GumballHead.

Coming to NY and NJ in the upcoming weeks!
My go to has always been  
Matt M. : 6/25/2020 1:33 pm : link
a dry (no vermouth at all) vodka martini with olives. My vodka of choice is Grey Goose, but many others do the trick.

During this stay at home time, though, my wife has been experimenting with cocktails. A nice one for warm weather is what a local place calls a Forthave Spritz. It is similar to an Aperol Spritz. It is Red , an aperitivo by Forthave Spirits mixed with prosecco served on ice in a wine glass.
My year-round go to is Vodka Tonic.  
MOOPS : 6/25/2020 1:37 pm : link
Always has been, always will.
When I want a brewski, a Leinie's Berry Weiss does the trick.
Local Charlotte beer  
Metnut : 6/25/2020 1:45 pm : link
Birdsong's Fake Plastic Trees really hits the spot in the summer. It's a wheat beer with a little bit of hops. About 6% ABV.

Exception of the IPA beers (IPA just isn't my thing)...  
RC in MD : 6/25/2020 1:57 pm : link
Some great suggestions.

This one may make some of you guys throw your beers at the screen, but I recently tried Left Hand Brewing's new Gettin' Tiki With It Nitro (Pina Colada wheat beer) at the suggestion of a friend of mine. It's got a hint of coconut and pineapple but is extremely smooth and summery. And at 7.5% (in a larger can), it's a great way to relax.


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What's your summer drink of choice?  
Spider43 : 6/25/2020 3:12 pm : link
Water?
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Danny Kanell : 6/25/2020 3:23 pm : link
Any ice cold session IPA. Not a fan of the heavy IPAs this time of year.

I've been drinking Montauk Session and Founders All Days by the pool so far this summer (Which has been alot because i'm working from home, work nights don't matter much anymore).
Wheat beer but after a round of golf almost any beer would do.  
DCGMan : 6/25/2020 3:24 pm : link
Also, enjoying Moscow Mule and Old Fashioned thus far.
seltzer on ice  
GiantsLaw : 6/25/2020 3:30 pm : link
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RE: What's your summer drink of choice?  
djm : 6/25/2020 3:38 pm : link
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Water?


NO fun league.
Cold Craft Beers  
VTChuck : 6/25/2020 3:52 pm : link
Lower alcohol and lighter in body:

Clown Shoes: Lil Crispy
Harpoon: Don't Poke the Bear
Founders: Solid Gold

Or my year 'round choice: Harpoon IPA
RE: RE: Now I want a mojito.  
RicFlair : 6/25/2020 3:57 pm : link
In comment 14924776 Victor in CT said:
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Mojito.



it's 5:00 somewhere!


I’ve actually never made my own, and don’t have any mint or clear rum. But maybe I’ll load up on some supplies for July 4th weekend.
An icy cold beer just seems to go with Summer  
LBH15 : 6/25/2020 4:06 pm : link
or at least until the next season comes.
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Victor in CT : 6/25/2020 4:24 pm : link
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In comment 14924766 RicFlair said:


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Mojito.



it's 5:00 somewhere!



I’ve actually never made my own, and don’t have any mint or clear rum. But maybe I’ll load up on some supplies for July 4th weekend.


go to the supermarket or garden center an buy a mint plant. in 2 weeks you will have a thriving plant
Drunken Palmer  
Torrag : 6/25/2020 5:55 pm : link
Iced tea of choice with 2oz of lemon vodka over ice with lemon wedge.

You're welcome.
RE: gin rickeys are very refreshing  
Victor in CT : 6/26/2020 7:27 am : link
In comment 14924765 Greg from LI said:
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thanks for the reminder Greg. I had one last night. Perfect for a hot summer afternoon.
here's a tasty recipe that eveyone will enjoy...  
BillKo : 6/26/2020 12:25 pm : link
3 ounces of gold run

3 ounces of lime

2.5 ounces of simple syrup.

Shake with ice.

Makes 2 drinks it's refreshing that both guys and gals will enjoy on a hot day.
1)Tanq-10 and Tonic  
Racer : 6/26/2020 12:31 pm : link
1A) Trader Joe's Jalepeno Limeade and blanco tequila.
Ooh, I have a really good one.  
Crispino : 6/26/2020 2:45 pm : link
Either vodka or tequila, whichever you prefer, and San Pellegrino Limonata. It’s awesome, refreshing and tasty.
RE: Ooh, I have a really good one.  
Del Shofner : 6/26/2020 5:41 pm : link
In comment 14925244 Crispino said:
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Either vodka or tequila, whichever you prefer, and San Pellegrino Limonata. It’s awesome, refreshing and tasty.


mine right at the moment is similar - Tito's vodka with ice and some Italian lime mineral water from Whole Foods.
Dark 'N' Stormy  
ArtVandelay : 6/26/2020 11:04 pm : link
very simple - Dark rum, ginger beer, and lime. Only certain dark rums will work such as Goslings or Myers. With a light rum all you will taste is the ginger beer which is basically a Moscow Mule. A Moscow Mule is the same cocktail with vodka instead of rum.
Sam Adams  
Beezer : 6/27/2020 12:52 am : link
Ice cold Porch Rocker is it this summer, so far.
Watermelon margarita  
adamg : 6/28/2020 2:18 am : link
3 parts watermelon juice (I have a nice juicer. Could buy that watermelon water stuff they have that costs 10 dollar a bottle if you have dough. Or Even blending watermelon with some water in the blender might work, may need to strain it though.)
1 part fresh lime juice
2 parts tequila
.5 part Grand Marnier or Cointreau (optional) don't really need it if you have fresh juice, but if it's not sweet enough, add some

I like to make this is a big pitcher. Can also sub blood orange juice for the watermelon. I prefer that closer to winter time though. Watermelon says summer to me.
Normally I’m a strict Cab drinker  
aimrocky : 6/28/2020 6:40 am : link
But since we’ve been quarantined I’ve varied my drinks. My wife got me the Lagavulin 11 Offerman Edition for Father’s Day (Parks and Rec is on every day in our house). It’s really peaty, which is taking me time to adjust to.

Otherwise I’ve been toggling through Balvenie Doublewood, Bulleit Bourbon, chilled Cabernet, White Claws or Coors Light.
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