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Beat the Heat with These Delicious Summer Drinks

Emma Goddard
by Emma Goddard Published on June 4, 2015

When you're melting in the heat of summer, there's nothing quite as nice as cooling off with a refreshing drink in hand. And with the warm, humid weather of July and August knocking on our door, it only seems appropriate to prepare for the approaching heat wave with our first-ever drink column. We'll be teaming up with various bars and restaurants to learn more about their signature drinks, different spins on beverages you've already heard of, as well as providing our own drink recipes for you.

This week we're serving up one of our own, but we also spoke with Jon Langley of The Growler to bring you the establishment's version of two bar favorites. The Growler, which opened in 2011, is recognized for its craft beer and draft cocktails and is located on Historic Stone Street. Owned by some of the same individuals who own Ulysses' Folk House, according to Langley, The Growler's main focus is its beer, though it also carries a strong theme based on man's other best friend, dogs. Decorating the walls amidst Victorian artwork, photos of dogs bring a humorous but warm vibe to The Growler, making it a hot spot in downtown Manhattan. So after you sip on some of the drinks below, head on over to The Growler for a night out with your pals.

Dark 'N' Stormy

The Dark 'N' Stormy is a bar classic from Bermuda. This cocktail only consists of two ingredients; Gosling's Black Seal rum and ginger beer, making it an extremely easy drink to whip up. However, we spoke with those over at The Growler for their version of the drink that's carbonated in-house.

"We keg them up and then carbonate them up to approximately 3 vol/vol of CO2 (6 g/L) by dissolving CO into the cocktail in our refrigerated carbonating station," Langley said. "One could do a close approximation with a home carbonator (such as a soda stream), or if one had a brewing setup they could do it as well. The key is cold liquid. Warm liquid will not absorb CO2 as readily (and having any amount of ethanol at any temperature is already problematic enough) and you will basically have a flat cocktail. Get it as cold as you can. The ginger syrup and water could be relaxed with ginger beer and one could forgo the DIY carbonating but it wouldn't quite be the same."

- 2 oz Gosling's
- 3/4 oz lime juice
- 1/2 oz ginger syrup
- 1/3 oz velvet falernum
- 2/0z soda water

- Place several cubes of ice in a glass.
- Add rum and top with ginger beer (or homemade concoction)

Absolut Strawberry Lemonade

As someone who enjoys a tasty cocktail but doesn't want to break the bank, I've found this wonderful recipe for Absolut strawberry lemonade, because 1) Who doesn't like lemonade? and 2) Absolut Citron. Although I wouldn't recommend this as a let's-get-schwasty beverage (it isn't that strong), this would make for a great signature drink at BBQs, summer parties and relaxing evenings on a rooftop with friends.

- 2 ounces Absolut Citron
- 7 ounces lemonade
- Lemon, slice
- Strawberries
- Ice

​- Fill glass (or fancy-looking mason jar) with ice.
- Pour Absolut and lemonade into the glass.
- Mix in strawberries and lemon slices.
- Garnish with lemon slice or wedge.

Piña Colada

Piña coladas just might be the best thing on planet earth. Said to have been invented in Puerto Rico, a piña colada is the perfect drink to enjoy poolside or at the beach. On the other hand, you could also head on over to The Growler where they make them with their frozen drink machine.

- 1 oz Coco Lopez
- 1 oz Mount Gay Silver Rum
- 1 oz pineapple juice
- Approx. 1 oz ice

- Add all ingredients into a blender with crushed ice.
- Blend until smooth and pour into a glass. Garnish with an orange wedge or pineapple slices.
- Alternatively, add ingredients into a shaker and strain over a glass filled with ice.

"If one were making it at home with a blender or vitamix or what have you, then the key is to replace the one part of water with ice," Langley said. "If you are making a drink of 1 oz per ingredient (1:1:1:1 rum, coconut cream, pineapple juice, water) then replace the 1 oz water with about 30g of ice (which is approximately the same. 1 ml water weighs 1 gram). The key here, again, is making sure everything else is chilled. Otherwise you will end up with devious, boozy coconut soup. Keep your rum in the freezer and everything else in the fridge."

What drinks would you like to see next? Tweet us @wewomenUSA!

This article was written by Emma Goddard. Follow her on Twitter @egoddardhokie.

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