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.
'summer cocktails' on Serious Eats
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.