I'm gearing up here at Mouth of the Border/Booze Without Borders headquarters for my second trip to Tales of the Cocktail
down in New Orleans next week, so I've got cocktails on the brain.
Also, it's been so freaking hot in NYC this week that we're ready to do just about anything to stay cool. Even if it means putting booze in our slushies.
I was at two cocktail events this week, and they gave me some great summer cocktail inspiration. Read up and start putting together your weekend cocktail agenda with some ideas from Tanqueray Gin
, Kelvin Natural Slush Company
(slushies!) and Don Q Rum
Wednesday, I celebrated Tanqueray's launch of their sexy new ad campaign "Tonight We Tanqueray," with my friend and fellow cocktail writer Selena Ricks-Good of The Dizzy Fizz
at The Green Building in Brooklyn.
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Aloe Blacc was on hand to sing his awesome tune, "I Need a Dollar." (I hear you, man!)
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="384" caption="Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire), Karen Elson (supermodel/singer), Idris Elba (The Wire)"]
There were some other sexy celebs in attendance. These three ar featured in the new campaign. I took pics of Idris Elba specifically for my lady friends who are in love with him. Personally, I was more taken by the stunning Karen Elson in that red dress by Gucci.
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Some cocktail ideas for you to play around with this weekend. The French 75 is one of my all-time favorite tipples, and it's timely given that Bastille Day was yesterday.
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My friend behind the bar, working his magic.
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We had a blast, and I also had a fantastic frozen drink -- keep reading to hear more about that.
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Last night found Selena and I out again, this time as guests of Kelvin Slush, one of my personal favorites on the food truck scene here in NYC. They hosted an event at the swanky Classic Car Club in Manhattan.
Last year, Kelvin Slush stole my heart with their all-natural chilly treats. They proved their popularity by taking home the dessert category at the Vendy Awards
(Note: I work with the Vendys).
Any time I've gotten a slush, I've told the guys, "Hey, these would be awesome with some booze in them!" Apparently, they finally decided to make me really happy and listen to my advice because at last night's event, they made friends with Don Q Rum to provide us with some original slushie concoctions.
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Me with my slushie (ginger slush, fresh peach mix-in and Don Q coconut rum -- we'll call it "The Joyride" and a sweet car)
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Some of the other custom concoctions.
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Don Q provided their gold rum, spiced, limon and coconut. They were all put to very good use.
Between all the frozen drinks last night and the one standout cocktail I had at the Tanqueray event, I wanted to leave with something to share with you so you can enjoy these ideas at home.
The last drink at had at the Tanqueray event was a frozen Negroni. It knocked my socks off (and gave me an ice cream headache). Here's a recipe. Feel free to play around with it.
The Negroni is a classic gin cocktail accentuated by the bitter Italian spirit, Campari. I'm an Italian gal myself, so I love Campari & soda water over ice, but it can be much too bitter for many palates. Here, the bitterness is offset by the sweet vermouth. While a negroni is typically served up or on the rocks, when it's hot out, frozen is a great way to mix it up a bit. If you love gin, you must give it a try this weekend.
1 1/2 oz. Gin
3/4 oz. Campari
1/2 oz. Sweet Vermouth
- Crush 3-4 ice cubes by hand or in a blender. Add to cocktail glass (a coupe or martini glass will work here).
- Add spirits to cocktail shaker with ice, shake until cool. Strain over crushed ice into cocktail glass.
What are your favorite summer cocktails (or beers & wine)? Tell us in the comments!
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