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Summer Spirits

08.02.2012

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While you’re lounging by the AVE pool, why not beat the heat with a refreshing drink. Four area restaurants share their favorite summer cocktail recipes.
Restaurant: Due Mari
Fare: An authentic Italian restaurant with a seafood focus
Location: New Brunswick, N.J.
Property: Somerset
Cocktail: Blueberry Hill

A Blueberry Hill cocktail prepared by Due Mari in New Brunswick, N.J.

A Blueberry Hill cocktail prepared by Due Mari in New Brunswick, N.J.

Selected by Eben Freeman, director of bar operations and innovation for Altamarea Group: Berries are rich in antioxidants, fresh lemon juice is packed with Vitamin C, gin is made with botanicals and has been since its inception, considered a healthy tonic. I suggest drinking tall drinks in the summer topped with club soda, ginger beer or any of the sparkling beverages you find in your local supermarket.

Ingredients:
-highball glass
-(3) blueberries
-(1) garnish skewer
-3/4 oz. blueberry syrup
-1 oz. lemon juice
-2 oz. Tanqueray
-club soda
Method: Combine the blueberry syrup, lemon juice and Tanqueray in a cobbler shaker. Add Ice. Shake and strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice. Top-up with club soda and stir gently. Skewer blueberries and garnish.

Restaurant: MoonShine Modern Supper Club
Fare: Contemporary American cooking with an updated comfort-food sensibility
Location: Millburn, N.J.
Property: Union
Cocktail: Strawberry Moon Punch
Selected by Anastacia Song, beverage manager: This namesake of the June Strawberry Moon balances the herbal essence of fresh mint with the summer sweetness of fresh strawberries. It exemplifies our standards in utilizing great quality and the freshest, seasonal ingredients. It is a simple drink that requires but few ingredients in order to showcase each flavor on its own while allowing every essential piece of this puzzle to harmonize for a not-too-sweet, but beautifully refreshing cocktail.
Ingredients:
-tulip highball glass
-(5) mint leaves
-(1) strawberry
-2 ½ oz. Midnight Moon’s Strawberry Moonshine
-1/2 oz. lemon juice
-1/2 oz. organic agave nectar
-1/2 oz. Rose Secco
Method:
Muddle strawberry, mint leaves and lemon juice in a mixing glass. Add fresh, clean ice to the glass, then add strawberry moonshine and agave nectar. Shake well, using a Boston shaker. Pour into tulip highball glass, and top with Rose Secco. Garnish with mint sprig.

A Strawberry Moon Punch cocktail prepared by MoonShine Modern Supper Club in Millburn, N.J.

A Strawberry Moon Punch cocktail prepared by MoonShine Modern Supper Club in Millburn, N.J.

Restaurant: Twenty9 Restaurant & Bar
Fare: A traditional American steakhouse
Location: Malvern, P.A.
Property: Malvern
Cocktail: Fresh Mint Margarita
Selected by Jessica MacGillivray, assistant manager: I created this drink for the restaurant. It is refreshing and light, so you can drink it throughout the whole day. The best part is that it is also low in calories.
Ingredients:
-martini glass
-(3) mint leaves
-(2) slices of lime muddled with mint leaves
-3/4 oz. orange juice (just a splash)
-2 oz. tequila of your choice
-club soda
Method: Combine the mint leaves and limes in a mixing glass, muddle together. Add ice tequila, club soda and a splash of orange juice (stirred not shaken due to the club soda). Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a mint leaf. Add a salt rim if desired.

A Fresh Mint Margarita prepared by Twenty9 Restaurant & Bar in Malvern, P.A.

A Fresh Mint Margarita prepared by Twenty9 Restaurant & Bar in Malvern, P.A.

Restaurant: McKenzie Brew House
Fare: A microbrewery with pub grub, as well as fresh fish, new American classics and a gluten-free menu
Location: Malvern, P.A.
Property: Downingtown
Cocktail: Cucumber Cocktail
Selected by James Guthrie, bartender: It’s light, crisp and very refreshing. It gives vodka drinkers a chance to explore the other white spirit without caution, provided through similar qualities.
Ingredients:
-chilled coupe glass
-1-3/4 oz. Hendrick’s cucumber-infused gin
-1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
-1/2 oz. simple syrup
-(5) mint leaves
-(1) cucumber
Method: In a mixing glass, muddle 3 slices of cucumber with 5 mint leaves for 1 minute. Add remaining ingredients and ice. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Double-strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a slice of cucumber.

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