Summer cocktails for the Houston heatWhatever relief we enjoyed during June's endless rainstorms evaporated in July. When Houston's heat is too much to handle and you want a refreshing cocktail to enjoy in your pad, here are a few concoctions that will bring a chill to your day:
The Gin Smash was around long before Mojitos became the cocktail to drink. Similar in style, the recipe is amazingly simple to follow:
1 tbsp sugar
4 sprigs fresh mint (peppermint or spearmint are fine)
3 tbsp gin
Dissolve the sugar in a little water in your cocktail shaker. Add the mint and, using a muddler, bruise and press the juices out of the leaves. Then add plenty of crushed ice and the gin. Shake for about 20 seconds. Strain into a small glass filled with crushed ice. If desired, add fresh mint sprigs to garnish.
Now... if you do like Mojitos, below is a typical recipe. For a slightly different variation, use a flavored light rum like Cruzan Citrus Rum or Bacardi Limon.
1 1/2 oz light rum
1 lime, squeezed
2 sprigs of fresh mint
1 tsp sugar
Dissolve the sugar in the lime juice in your cocktail shaker. Add the mint and, using a muddler, bruise and press the juices out of the leaves. Add the rum and plenty of ice and shake for about twenty seconds. Pour into a collins glass filled with plenty of ice and then top off with club soda. Do not shake with the club soda or it will become flat.