We’ve finally been enjoying some bright, summery(ish) weather here in Chicago, and we found that the best way to celebrate is with a refreshing afternoon cocktail. Obv. If you’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth, you’ll love The Lone Ranger, which can really pack a sugary punch, depending on the the rosé, syrup levels, and garnishes you choose.
The Lone Ranger
1.5 oz Silver tequila
1 oz Lemon Juice
.5 oz Rich simple syrup (two parts sugar, one part water)
2 oz Brut rosé sparkling wine
Garnish: a few mint leaves and a cherry
With Spring upon us, it’s time to turn away from winter warmers and to start tippling warm weather fare. Think Juleps and fizzes. Luckily, Saveur has a roundup of some of Las Vegas’s best cocktails, many of which are particularly suited to warmer weather. Sarah and I were particularly drawn to the Blueberry Basil Margarita. Fair warning, this is a Las Vegas-sized drink.
Blueberry Basil Margarita from Patricia Richards
2 oz. fresh lime juice
1½ oz. fresh lemon juice
3 tbsp. sugar
3 oz. fresh blueberries
4 basil leaves, plus 1 sprig
3 oz. reposado tequila
1½ oz. Grand Marnier
1 oz. agave syrup
Boil juices and sugar in a small saucepan until sugar dissolves; cool. Pour syrup into a shaker with all but 4 blueberries and the basil leaves; crush with a spoon. Add tequila, Grand Marnier, and agave. Fill with ice, and shake. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice; garnish with remaining blueberries and basil.
Make sure to read the full article, too. It’s got quite a few tasty drinks. I think the Libertine will be next for us.