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The Holy Trinity

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Being a Minnesota native, summer was always an elusive notion. The eight months of winter would drag on and so one would just accept it and learn to love things like hockey. Nevertheless, summer, no matter your age, has that appeal of freedom. It’s a time of sun, pool, staying up way too late and having too much fun – at least until you grow up. Then you ache for these things and well, burn your vacation time pursuing them. Or you just drink too much after work on a Friday.
Ah patio drinks on a Friday afternoon. This is adult version of summer. Well, that and day drinking, which always feels a tad decadent. But this is what summer is, and to enjoy this to its fullest one must be aware of the summer drink hierarchy.

The reason for this is that you only have a limited amount of time (a weekend) to enjoy the summer before you have to change a diaper or check your work email or whatever gainfully employed adults do with their lives (you’re one right?). Nevertheless, summer drinks have to be refreshing, light, tasty and pack a punch.

Ice Axes

Ice "Picks" Photo taken by: iwona_kellie

This brings us to the first of the Holy Trinity of summer drinks:

The Ice Pick

This is a take off of an Arnold Palmer, which is iced tea and lemonade.

To make a proper Ice Pick only requires four items:

iced tea,
lemon infused vodka (absolute citron is an excellent standard)

lemon wedges

Fill the glass with ice, add the lemon flavored vodka (no more than half way; really the amount depends on much you need to relax), and then top off with the iced tea. Garnish with one or two lemon wedges and presto, lounging has never been so good. Or has it?

“Mary Drink”

The next in the holy trinity (or maybe it should be a trifecta?) is the little known “Mary Drink”. This is a simple twist on a cocktail classic of boozehounds. Created in Norman, Oklahoma at the Library Bar & Grill by legendary bartender Mary (who has sadly gotten married and left bartending for tending to elementary pupils – lucky students…).

So the traditional recipe is quite simply:

a pint glass filled with ice followed by one to two shots of Grey Goose and topped off with club soda. Garnish with three lime wedges. Gizam!

This has to be one of the lightest and most refreshing drinks. While one might think, oh that’s silly, it’s just an extra tall vodka soda, they would be wrong. Because of the change in ratios of ingredients, the drink takes on an entirely different persona. It’s like a Volkswagen Beetle compared to a Porsche 911. Although, you need to be careful… if consumed while lounging by a pool you might not be able to stand up. Drink responsibly. Or not…

The final member of the holy trinity comes from the Caribbean. Puerto Rico specifically. The Mojito is, first, the best cocktail ever created. It is also perfect for summer, much in the same way that a trip to San Juan or really anywhere in the Caribbean is epitome of how one should spend the summer. It’s about the sun, the w


Mojito Photo Taken By: lanier67

armth, swimsuits and getting a little wild. There is only one draw back to the Mojito. Due to ridiculous advertising and terrible American taste they are consistently butchered. Mojitos seem to range from the too sweet to the too lime-ly. Really the best ones are from the Caribbean. Nevertheless, they are truly beautifully simple to create.

The Mojito

Muddle a small bunch of fresh mint leaves with a wedge of lime and around 2 tablespoons of simple syrup.

Add about 1.5 oz. of white rum and mix thoroughly

Pour over a tall glass with ice and top off with club soda.

So simple and so good you’ll soon forget the syrupy sweet frozen margaritas from your collegiate past.

By the by, who would have thought the greatest summer drinks were so simple yet so sophisticated?
See you at the Bar!


Written by ckrell

March 30, 2010 at 11:15 am

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  1. Steve loves making Mojitos so much that we now grow our own mint. They’re quite fabulous, second to my beloved Cosmopolitans! 😉

    Christi Nielsen

    March 30, 2010 at 5:11 pm

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