Keep cool this summer with these cocktails

As the summer heat slowly rises to a sizzle, beat the heat with some creative summer cocktails. Monika Chiang, mixologist and manager of New York's Double Seven lounge, serves up some tasty drinks.

Gold Rush (alcoholic)

Ingredients

    • 3/4 oz. lemon juice
    • 3/4 oz. honey syrup
    • 2 oz. bourbon

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Shake and pour over 1 big ice chunk in a rocks glass.

Tips:

Foods to go with:The gold rush is tangy from the lemon juice, so a smoked hard cheese (such as gouda or cheddar) would go well. I would serve the cheese as slices alone or on top of a small baguette sliced with apples and grapes for an afternoon snack. BBQ potato wedges would taste great too.

Number 10 Lemonade (alcoholic)

Ingredients

    • 2 oz. white rum
    • 1 1/2 oz. lemon juice
    • 1 1/2 oz. simple syrup
    • 8 blueberries

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Shake and pour over ice in a high ball glass. Top with soda.

Tips:

Foods to go with:Thai beef salad or anything with BBQ sauce (such as ribs or buffalo wings).

Pimms Rangoon

Ingredients

    • 2 oz. Pimms No.1
    • 2 bruised cucumbers
    • 1 orange wheel
    • 1 lime wedge
    • 1 strawberry
    • 1/2 oz. ginger syrup in high ball glass (ginger syrup=16 oz. of fresh ginger juice to 3 oz. simple syrup)

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Fill with Sprite. Top With ginger syrup.

Tips:

Foods to go with: Something salty and maybe deep-fried such as fried chicken or cheese straws. Also goes well with pan-seared dumplings with a sweet and tangy dipping sauce. This is another drink that your guests will love while they are snacking on appetizers.

Strawberry Lemonade (non-alcoholic)

Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 oz. lemon juice
    • 1 1/2 simple syrup
    • 3 strawberries

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Topped with soda.

Tips:

Foods to go with: Keep the fruit coming with an elaborate fruit salad or simple yet refreshing watermelon slices. This drink may also compliment tuna salad finger sandwiches with sweet relish dressing.

Virgin New Bitty

Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 oz. lime juice
    • 1 1/2 oz. simple syrup
    • 2 bruised cucumber wheels
    • 4 mint leaves

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Muddle and top with club soda. Serve over cracked ice.

Tips:

Foods to go with: This drink is like a mojito, so it would be great to entertain with and to get you in the mood to party. It's great with a chicken or steak quesadilla with a little squeeze of lime on top.

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