This refreshing drink has all the makings of a signature party cocktail. It can be adjusted to taste (using light rum instead of the gin will tilt it toward a mojito). And the pitcher-size format means more time with guests rather than shaking drinks.
Add 1 tbsp. summer berry jam, 1/2 tsp. chopped rosemary, 1 tbsp. sweet vermouth, and 1/4 cup rye to an ice-filled pint glass. Cover, shake, and strain.
Using a wooden spoon, muddle 3 peeled peach wedges in a rocks glass with 1 tbsp. brown sugar, a splash of bitters, and ice until fruit is broken up. Pour in 1/4 cup rye and stir.
Beer cocktails like shandys and black velvets have made a comeback in bars, but these summer refreshers are just as easy to make at home. From left to right:
Lemon Top. 4 parts ale and 1 part lemonade to top off.
Black Velvet. 1 part stout and 1 part sparkling wine.
Michelada. Mexican beer, a squeeze of lime, salt for rim, and 1 shot of tequila per drink.
Lunchbox. 4 parts hefeweizen, 1 part orange juice, and 1 shot of amaretto per drink.
Shandygaff. 1 part ginger beer and 1 part lager.
Using a wooden spoon, muddle a handful of fresh tarragon with ice and a splash of simple syrup in a rocks glass. Pour in 1/3 cup rye, stir, and top with a splash of club soda.
Mix together 2 tbsp. lemon juice, 2 tbsp. simple syrup, ice, and 1/3 cup rye in a pint glass. Cover, shake, and pour into a tall glass; top with club soda.
Mexican Berry Freeze
Serve with: Roasted, salted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
Red, White, and Sparkling
Serve with: Manchego cheese and roasted piquillo or other red peppers on crackers
Strawberry Basil Rosé
Serve with: Green and/or black olives marinated in olive oil, lemon zest, and herbs
Add 1 tbsp. each fresh lime and lemon juice and 2 tbsp. simple syrup to an ice-filled pint glass. Add 1/4 cup rye. Cover, shake, and strain into a salt-rimmed cocktail glass.
Chef and restaurateur Amaryll Schwertner makes magical drinks out of ordinary fruits and vegetables. Cucumber and mint cool this one down, yogurt smooths it out, and seltzer water jazzes it up.
Recipe: Persian Carpet