It’s summertime - seasonal edibles are at peak perfection, lending themselves to divinely inspired food and cocktail recipes. Today’s recipe came across our plate a few weeks back from a food blogger out of Durham, NC. and we have been gushing over it ever since.
The origins of the spritz are really unknown and finding the real ones, today, it’s not that easy though history says, for what it’s worth, that it’s all about the presence of the Austrian soldiers in the Veneto region; they just “stretched” the regional wine with sparkling water.
The Happy Bastard is a lighter take on its cousin, the Suffering Bastard. This cocktail is designed to be easy drinking, refreshing and light. Both gin and brandy make an appearance with cucumber tonic added for a more refreshing finish. Lemon adds a bright touch of acidity and harmonizes with the botanicals of the gin. It’s spicy, cooling and tart all at once.
The James Bond martini: "shaken and not stirred" — it’s probably the most famous drink in all pop culture. But for much of his life, Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming, didn’t drink martinis. That all changed when he fell in love with them at the Dukes Hotel bar, located on St. James Street in London, home over the centuries to some of the city’s greatest gentlemen’s clubs, wine merchants and tobacco retailers.
French 75’s are made with a standard pour of gin and topped with Champagne, so it’s a strong drink in a sparkling dress. In fact, it’s named after the French 75-mm field gun, which was commonly used in World War I. This cocktail is perfect for the holidays and other celebratory occasions.