Memorial Day has passed, and we’ve begun to don our summer attire to match the season. Now that we’re casual enough – and it’s hot enough – to wear white jeans whenever, we still make an important switch this time of year – to white spirits.
Vodka, tequila, rum and white whiskey are the classic spirits for summertime cocktails. They’re lighter and brighter, perfect companions to the refreshing mixers that taste right in hot weather, like tonic, sodas and fruit juices. As the season heats up, our customers have been enjoying vodka drinks, especially those made with Texas’ Tower Vodka.
Tower’s makers are from Pilot Point, not far south of the Oklahoma border. The label of this great new spirit depicts the water tower that looms over town.
The Texas-made vodka is produced in micro-batches and distilled six times, which gives it real purity and smoothness. Because it’s made from corn, Tower is gluten-free. Clean and crisp-tasting, it’s an ideal base for simple vodka cocktails.
Vodka this good doesn’t need to be gussied up with a lot of additional ingredients. But if vodka martinis don’t say “summer” to you, try mixing Tower into a tall drink, over ice with a big splash of tonic, cola, fruit soda or ginger beer. A squeeze of fresh lime and you’re ready to cool off. Or enjoy it mixed with cranberry or orange juice – and maybe a small dash of seltzer or club soda to give the drink a refreshing spritz.
Here’s one with bright color and juicy flavor, just right for a hot summer weekend:
Find Tower Vodka and more favorite summer spirits at your local Total Wine & More.
Here’s my favourites:
50ml White Rum
25ml Coconut Cream
25ml Single Cream
200ml Pineapple Juice
If you want to cheat, swap the first three ingredients for Malibu!
Put the following in a glass and smush them together with any utensil you can find:
Half a lime – cut into 4 pieces
5 Fresh mint leaves
Tablespoon of sugar
Add and stir:
50ml Nice Golden Rum (Havana Club or Morgan’s spiced)
– For a twist, add a small handful of strawberry’s or raspberry’s at the start, yum!
Always serve cocktails with plenty of ice 🙂