These Last Days of Summer and the Art of the Cocktail

By on 12 September, 2012 in Cocktail Katie, Food, Fun with 1 Comment

A Taste of Sunset. Photo by Katie.

Our call for new writers did not go unanswered. We are delighted to present a new feature here on Midtown Montgomery Living: Cocktails by Katie. She’s an expert, immensely talented, and knows how to make drinks that conjure a certain sense of uniquely Midtown Montgomery. Home mixology is a lot of fun and a great alternative to spending money on drinks in bars. We are thrilled to present her first post:

The weather these past few days was some of the loveliest that we’ve had in Montgomery in a long time. This weekend was perfect for front porch sitting, backyard gatherings, and courtyard soirees. There’s no better place to celebrate the end of summer than Montgomery, where we know how to relax after a long day at work, appreciate the value of iced tea and good friends, and perhaps also enjoy something a little stronger than iced tea on occasion.

This brings me to today’s subject. Cocktails, one of the most interesting types of adult beverages, are something of a dying art; they’re going the way of home-cooked meals and the land line telephone. It’s hard to find a place to order a good one, and while one of our neighborhood pubs can help you out in a pinch, I feel cocktails are best created at home. Perhaps it’s because when the spirits come out, and the measuring cups along with them, one feels a bit like a mad scientist who’s at the same time fit to be a companion of F. Scott and Zelda. Or maybe it’s because it’s relaxing to create something daring and to do so in a place where you can just drink your mistakes and no one will be the wiser! In celebration of the quest for the prefect drink and some of these last days of summer that are ahead of us, here’s a recipe that I hope you’ll use to help revive the art of the cocktail, at least in our small corner of the South.

Before you get started mixing, turn on some music. Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, G-side (coming to Montgomery soon) or maybe even some Alabama Shakes may help you mix more effectively. Play the music that makes you happy, get comfortable (whether that means high heels and a dress or flip flops and shorts), and cherish these halcyon days with something I like to call a Taste of Sunset. 

  • 1 ounce light rum
  • 1 ounce coconut rum
  • 1 ounce amaretto
  • 4 ounces orange juice
  • ½ ounce lemon juice
  • ½ ounce grenadine (just a wee splash will do it)

Pour the rum, amaretto, and orange juice into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake that bad boy for about 1 minute or more, depending on how much you like that sort of thing.  Strain the mixture into a fancy glass.  Garnish it with a strawberry, pineapple or orange slice.  Drink responsibly.

Yield:  1 approx. 8 ounce beverage
Notes:  Rates a steady 4.5 out of 5 and has been described as sweet, fruity, and “makes me feel like I’m at a resort.”

Katie is a Garden District resident with a strong belief that a place is what you make of it. 

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  1. Katie says:

    If fresh squeezed, that’s about 1 lemon. If you use lemon juice from the bottle, start with 1 Teaspoonful and work your way up as it is often more bitter than fresh juice.

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