Last week I attended the 5-day cocktail festival/trade show, Tales of the Cocktail, which is held each hot and steamy July in food-and-drink-loving New Orleans. There I sipped and sampled dozens of innovative cocktails, tasted a multitude of new spirits, and scribbled down copious notes about seminars on boozy history, techniques, and trends. Now that I'm home, I'm resting my liver. But I have loads to report.
Just because the 4th of July weekend is over doesn't mean our look at quick and easy celebratory cocktails has to end. After all, Bastille Day's just around the corner, storming in next Thursday, July 14th. Here's a light and lovely 3-ingredient cocktail to toast the occasion: the Liberté featuring the summery, citrusy apéritif, Lillet Blanc.
Looking for a cocktail to cool off with over the Fourth of July weekend? Something simple and not too fussy that can help max out your chillaxing time? Here are 20 quick-and-easy ones from our archives, each made from no more than three simple ingredients. Perfect for these lusciously lazy days of summer.
The tinkle of ice. The scent of fresh-cut lime. The bittersweet effervescence of tonic water. The soft, junipery astringency of gin. Mixed together, these four ingredients are heaven enough, no? But what would you say if we subbed out or added in one more element? Something with a botanical twist? Well, this week, I did just that: I mixed a Gin and Tonic four new ways.