Although Labor Day has passed, summer itself doesn't officially end until September 21. So I think there's still plenty of time to sneak in some end-of-summer boozing, using fresh, delicious fruit and veg from local growers.
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This Labor Day, whether you're barbecuing or camping out, relaxing in the yard or entertaining a bunch of friends, you'll probably be thirsty. Consider this your one-stop shopping for drinks ideas (and recipes!) to get you through the holiday weekend.
Why wait for dessert to get your stone fruit fix? We asked a few bartender friends from around the country for cocktail recipes that capture the fresh, ripe, uncooked flavor of peaches, nectarines, and plums. Here are our 6 favorites to help you celebrate stone fruit while it's still in season.
A few weeks ago I found myself with a bushel of basil—I was in over my head with bunches of the herb and needed to use them up asap. After making the prerequisite pestos, I ventured into pizza and even a basil and lime sorbet, which got me thinking. Those two flavors are perfect summer partners—refreshing and full of flavor—so they can only get better with the addition of a little booze, right?
When we asked Cotogna's bar manager what cocktail ingredients he's into right now, we expected some crazy new vermouth or extra-rare bitters, but he answered simply: "Opal basil. It's super beautiful," he says. He uses it to crown a cocktail named Crystal Beach after the Canadian amusement park he visited as a kid. Here's the recipe so you can make this summer drink at home.
Ok, you got a little over-ambitious at the farmers' market, or your garden is really going gangbusters. You're already knee-deep in sweet and sour cherries, blueberries, raspberries...and you could be heading toward peach season. You'll be baking your fill of desserts, but a refreshing drink can help you power through. Here are 22 ideas for how to get seasonal fruit into your cocktails.