Summer Stuff: Cocktails

Friday, July 15, 2011

We kick off our Summer Stuff series with a stiff drink! Allen Katz, of Southern Wine and Spirits, and Stan Parish, GQ assistant editor, stop by to discuss the perfect summer cocktail—from the classic poolside margarita to new concoctions to beat the heat. We’ll take your calls on how to mix what you have in your liquor cabinet. Check out some delicious summer drink recipes!



Allen Katz and Stan Parish

Comments [24]

Dave Mahan from Albuquerque

Thanks Erica P. -- you're right, I do feel like you need to read the room. The bartenders most willing to listen are probably getting it right in the first place. And on the other hand, a lot of beer'n'shot joints seem to have a fancy martini list.

Jul. 15 2011 02:52 PM
Erica P. from NJ (in exilium)

Dave Mahan: As an avocational drinker, my policy is that it's best to express your concern to the bartender. It could be a genuine mistake, a misunderstanding, or a discrepancy in personal recipes. Any bartender worth his or her salt will appreciate your appreciation of the craft and will probably build a new drink for you.

I would do this at a decent bar, not a shot 'n beer joint.

Jul. 15 2011 02:09 PM
Erica P. from NJ (in exilium)

Someone wondered about a wine-based cocktail. The Bicicletta is a wonderful and refreshing summer cocktail: Campari, dry white wine, soda, citrus garnish.

Jul. 15 2011 02:03 PM

Can you post his recipes for Sazerac and Caipirinha?

Jul. 15 2011 02:02 PM
Dave Mahan from Albuquerque

Bar etiquette: What's the best way to deal with a drink that tastes off (or even was made wrong)? Is it practical to bring it up with the barkeep or server? Or is it better to gracefully move on?

Jul. 15 2011 01:58 PM
Richard from Gramercy

The Brooklyn Bridge:
A refreshing twist on the Cosmo. Pour over ice in a shaker.
4 oz Absolut Brooklyn (Spicey, Apple-y)
1 oz clear, organic apple juice
Spash of Triple Sec
Dash of Rose's Lime
Dash of fresh-squeezed ginger. Serve in a frozen martini glass.
Garnish with a long, straight piece of lemon zest, spanning the diameter of the glass. That's the bridge.

Jul. 15 2011 01:54 PM

Thanks for the punch ideas! For lots more, check out

Jul. 15 2011 01:53 PM
Jessica from Brooklyn

What goes well with licorice or anise flavored liquors?

Jul. 15 2011 01:49 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Like grenadine, a lot of drink mixes seem to go overboard on the sugar these days. I've ordered rum sours (don't like most whiskeys), & if they're made from a mix, they turn out way too sweet. Then again, I like them extra sour.

Jul. 15 2011 01:48 PM
Lois from Manhattan

Looking for the perfect summer sangria recipe!!!

Jul. 15 2011 01:47 PM
Smokey Forester from LES

4 cups water
1 cup chopped lemongrass (roughly one large stalk)
¼ cup powdered cinchona bark
zest and juice of 1 orange
zest and juice of 1 lemon
zest and juice of 1 lime
1 tsp whole allspice berries
¼ cup citric acid
¼ tsp Kosher salt

Jul. 15 2011 01:46 PM
Dan from Sunset Park

"Pomegranate molasses" is available from middle eastern specialty stores that can be used instead of needing to boil down pomegranate juice to make your own grenadine. It's great stuff. Sweet, sour, aromatic.

Also, my favorite sweetener for drinks (and everything else) is maple syrup. I use it in particular for mojitos.

Jul. 15 2011 01:46 PM
Mariza Scotch from Brooklyn

I suggest using a microplane grater to add fresh ginger to San Pellegrino and some homemade simple syrup: excellent "ginger ale" without chemicals, and not too sweet.

Jul. 15 2011 01:44 PM
Gadge from East Village

Have you tried a Bramble, Gin fresh berries

Jul. 15 2011 01:42 PM

I've recently ordered the Sazerac at restaurants -all with differing results - what do I need to make my own?

Jul. 15 2011 01:37 PM
Smokey Forester from LES

I make my own tonic with cinchona bark and other flavors and it's wonderful!

Jul. 15 2011 01:37 PM
kelly carambula from brooklyn

I love this:
mint lemonade slush

Jul. 15 2011 01:36 PM
Bob from NJ

You neglected to mention that the "gourmet" tonic water is $7.99 a bottle!

Jul. 15 2011 01:34 PM
Cori from NJ

I'm always looking for new drinks with fresh ginger juice. Can you suggest something that is vodka or tequila based?

Jul. 15 2011 01:34 PM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

Easy does it Lenny, you don't want to stumble home! ;~)

Jul. 15 2011 01:31 PM

Tonight I'm attending a watermelon themed party. Food, drinks, all from watermelon? And great drink ideas on the theme?

Jul. 15 2011 01:27 PM
LL from UWS

Any suggestions for what to soak grapes, blueberries, etc. in so they absorb flavor/alcohol before being frozen and eaten as snacks?

Jul. 15 2011 01:24 PM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

My husband recently made, fresh squeezed lemonade sweetened with a lavender (grown in my garden) infused simple syrup and vodka. Sooooo good!

Jul. 15 2011 01:03 PM
Mike from Brooklyn

Without a doubt, Caipirninha, the national drink of Brazil

Jul. 15 2011 12:22 PM

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