Who doesn’t love cocktails in the summer? They’re light, refreshing and crisp.
The great thing about summer cocktails is the vast horizon of possibilities. Yet sometimes, those possibilities can be overwhelming. I don’t know how many times I’ve been out with friends and everyone has ordered a standard mojito or rum and coke. And to be sure - its sometimes because you are experiencing “bar panic.” We’ve all been there. Your waiter or bartender asks you what you want to drink… everyone else at your table has already given their drink order with graceful confidence, and you remain there, speechless, menu in hand. Everyone is waiting on you, so you settle for the drink you’ve had the last 10 times you’ve been out. Tasty, sure. But boring.
The great thing about mixing cocktails at home is that you have the freedom to experiment, without the danger of spending $12 for a martini you might hate.
To help you play bartender, we’ve prepared our top 10 cocktails. Each one is unique, and sure to impress. Some might be new to you; others are delightful twists on some classic favorites. Each drink incorporates a Salt Trader’s product in the cocktail or as a rimmer – which you will find makes all the difference in creating a fabulous cocktail. Rimmers are not only beautiful on a glass, but add flavor and texture.
So enjoy, and let us know how you like them!
|| OUR TOP 10 COCKTAILS
Bomb Biz with Mojito Sugar || GIN
Using a lime wedge, wet the lip of a glass and rim liberally with Mojito Sugar. Add ice and gin (approximately 1/4 of the glass). Top glass off with seltzer water. Add a spoonful of Mojito Sugar and squeeze lime wedge on top. Stir and enjoy “summer in a glass!”
VARIATION: add a splash of limeade.
2. "Pop Goes the 4th" with Lemon Sugar and Comet's Tail Peppercorns
Pop some bubbly this 4th of July to celebrate our nation's independence! This elegant and festive beverage is easy to prepare, and a delightful twist on plain champagne.
Rim a champagne glass with the Lemon Sugar. Pour the champagne and drop in 3 peppercorns and a fresh raspberry. Perfect for celebrating any special occasion!
3. Rhubarb Punch with Orange Ginger Sugar || RUM
Using a lime wedge, wet the lip of a glass and rim liberally with Orange Ginger Sugar. Add ice and dark rum (approximately 1/4 of the glass). Fill the remainder of the glass with 1/2 rhubarb punch (click here to see recipe) and 1/2 ginger ale. Squeeze a lime wedge. You will encounter several layers of flavor – first the tangy lime, then the rich rum, and finally, the refreshing rhubarb. Enjoy!
4. Hendricks with Sagemary Salt || GIN
-didi davis food Sagemary Salt
This simple cocktail is delicious and easy to prepare. Add gin with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a glass and add a 1/4 teaspoon of Sagemary Salt. Mix well and enjoy.
The Holiday Sparkler with Sumac Pepper Salt || VODKA
the 4th of July by serving this refreshing summer cocktail. The tangy
flavor of the middle eastern sumac berry mixed with the
light bubble from the soda is a perfect combination for enjoying a summer holiday.
flavored vodka (we used raspberry)
-Club Soda or Seltzer
-didi davis food Sumac Pepper Salt
Rim the lip
of a glass with Sumac Pepper Salt and a few cubes of ice. Fill the glass
with 1/4 vodka, 1/4 orange juice and 1/2 soda. Swirl and enjoy the layers of flavor,
finishing off with a freshing tang from the Sumac.
6. Lillet with Lemon Sugar
-didi davis food Lemon Sugar
-Twist of Lemon or Orange
Lillet is a marvelous French aperitif from the southwest region. In this drink, we have selected the white variety, but it is available in red as well.
Using the orange slice, wet the lip of a glass and rim with Lemon Sugar. Add ice, and pour the Lillet over the rocks. Squeeze the orange if you desire; swirl and enjoy.
Bloody Mary with Aleppo Chile Salt || VODKA
The Didi Davis Food Aleppo Chile Salt adds a subtle and fruity heat to this classic cocktail. The fleur de sel sea salt used in the rimmer adds a light crunch to complement the rich and smooth tomato juice.
1/2 ounces vodka
-1/2 cup tomato juice
-2 teaspoons fresh lemon or lime juice
-Worcestershire sauce to taste
-Celery stick or lemon for garnish
-didi davis food Aleppo Chile Salt
Rim the lip of a glass with the Aleppo Chile Salt. Combine the vodka, the tomato juice, the lemon juice, the Worcestershire sauce, the Tabasco, 1 cup ice cubes, and salt and pepper to taste, shake the mixture well, and strain it into a tall glass filled with ice cubes. Garnish the Bloody Mary with the celery stick and enjoy!
(Recipe inspiration from drinksmix.net)
8. Rum and Coke with Vanilla Salt || RUM
Let this easy cocktail take you back to the late 1930s when one would order a Vanilla coke and fries. The vanilla salt provides the perfect balance to the coke and rum, which I have often found to be too sweet for my liking. You’ll be surprised at how good this is!
-Goslings Dark Rum (this rum is a must)
-didi davis food Vanilla Salt
Wet the lip of a glass and rip with Vanilla Salt. Add ice to the glass and fill with 1/4 rum and 3/4 coke. Stir and enjoy!
9. Classic Margarita with Margarita Salt || TEQUILA
tequila (made from 100 percent agave, preferably reposado or blanco)
-1 ounce Cointreau
-1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
-Salt Trader’s Margarita Salt
Using a lime wedge to wet the lip, rim a margarita glass with Salt Trader’s Margarita Salt. This beautiful salt features Australian Murray River Salt Flakes (a lovely apricot color) combined with freshly ground chipotles! It’s the perfect Margarita rimmer because of its color, texture and taste. Combine tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice in cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain drink into glass and serve.
(Recipe inspiration from epicurious.com, May 2007)
10. Homemade Sangria with Spiced Gold Sugar
This recipe comes to us from Didi Davis’ next door neighbor, Mary Hanna, who found the original recipe from a Boston Globe article covering the Dali Restaurant in Somerville, MA. Mary has made several improvements to the recipe – resulting is this delicious, and if you’re not careful, deadly sangria! The fruit soaks up all the goodness of brandy, so eat with caution!
-2 peaches, pitted and sliced
-1 large orange, sliced
-1/3 cup sugar
-1/2 cup brandy
-1/2 cup orange brandy (such as Grand Marnier)
-1/2 cup orange juice
-1 to 1 1/2 bottles dry red Spanish wine
-didi davis food Spiced Gold Sugar
In a large bowl, combine the strawberries, peaches and orange. Add the sugar, brandy, orange brandy, and orange juice. Stir gently, cover tightly and refrigerate overnight.
Just before serving, add the red wine. Taste the mixture and add more sugar if you like. If it is too sweet, add wine to dilute it.
Rim wine glasses with the Spiced Gold Sugar, and serve as is, only moderately cool, or if desired, over rocks. You will NOT be disappointed!
Expand your cocktail horizons this summer with these 10 favorite beverages!