Looking for something different to enjoy at your dockside cocktail hour? I consulted with Sabrina Greer, Head Mixologist & Events Director at Toronto’s Martini Club, for some ideas. Here’s what she suggests:
If you’ve been drinking all day, the best way to prepare for a BBQ is with a balanced (not too sweet, sour or strong) cocktail that is delicious and refreshing. It will cool you down, re-hydrate you and get your appetite back. I recommend a well-made Mojito Cooler, which is not identical to the traditional Mojito so don’t let the name fool you. (A classic Mojito is great when you are on the beach in Cuba, but may be too complicated to execute dockside.) The fresh citrus and mint of the Mojito Cooler are palate cleansers, and the soda water quenches that thirst you feel at the end of a day of sun. Another great thing about this recipe is that you can alter it based on whatever ingredients you have on hand.
To a cocktail shaker filled with ice add 1 ½ oz. vodka or white rum, ½ oz. lime juice, ½ oz. simple syrup (equal parts sugar and boiling water) and 12 mint leaves. Shake sharply and strain into a tall glass over ice and top with soda water. Garnish with a mint sprig and a lime wedge.
Several substitutions can be made to spice up this dockside dazzler, but the key components are spirit, citrus, mint and soda. The rest can be altered according to your palate. As long as the main components are there, this cocktail can become a masterpiece. Enjoy!
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