Summer Mixing Guide

pic courtesy Alrian Erdedi

It’s summertime, kids. Alas, most of us working folk don’t get the luxury of several months-long vacations, and so we turn to our trustiest coping mechanism – booze. So, what better time to use two of the best mixing liqueurs? Well sidle on up and grab a seat – before you know it you’ll be mixing the fanciest cocktails in town, and you won’t have to shill out $14 for each one.

One of the liqueurs you’re surely familiar with — St. Germain. Not to be confused with Canton, this European elderflower mixes well with just about anything — whiskey, sake, rum, gin, everything. Impress your friends with your own creation, or check this out for some inspiration.


The second is a bit more obscure, and has a terrifically bizarre moniker — Velvet Falernum. This one is a blend of lime, almond, ginger, vanilla, and cloves! I first discovered it at a fantastic place in Baltimore called Bad Decisions. This unique booze has tons of possibilities but is primarily used to blend a lot of popular cocktails, including the Mai Thai and the Zombie. It’s a bit more difficult to find, but liquor stores worth their salt will special order it for you.


Try both of these specialties out sometime. But be careful — drink too many Zombies and you just might become the Walking Dead (returning to AMC this October). Zing! I’ll be here all week, folks.


Written by Joel Church.

One Comment Add yours

  1. Haley Fults says:

    Check out The Refined Chef for even more cocktail recipes here,

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