It’s summertime officially nowadays and that got me thinking towards one of my favorite things: girls in bikinis.
No, wait, that’s not it. I mean, it’s not NOT it, but it’s not it exactly but more because I have a view of a pool that’s getting a lot of use this summer. (Take that sentence as you may.)
Instead, I think of the Lynchburg Lemonade, an enticing drink we used to make by the gallon, simply mixing Jack Daniels and lemonade.
But I’m still out of simple syrup, darn it!
My latest issue of Imbibe came and I saw that they had reviews of various lemonades. They didn’t have my usual but they did have Nantucket Nectars which my little local convenience store carries. I didn’t notice any artificial tastes in it to my palate, but it got me thinking.
2 ounces bourbon (I used Bulleit)
3/4 ounce St. Germain
4 ounces Nantucket Nectars lemonade (keep in mind this is not a very sweet lemonade if you use a different brand)
1-2 dashes Dr. Schwartz’s Cherry-Vanilla bitters (made for me by sylvan!)
1 sprig of mint
Shake over ice, pour – DON’T STRAIN – into a chilled old fashioned glass.
It’s kind of like summertime in a glass to me. And why name it after sylvan?
Well, first there’s his bitters, and there’s also the dictionary definition of sylvan: pertaining to trees, glades, etc., and in literature it always seems to have a summer theme. So, to me, it sounded pretty good.
[Seventeenth in a series of drinks named after bloggers, mixologists, and random others who'll hopefully be at Tales. The first post in the series is here.]