Tonight you’ll want a drink that has enough kick to make you kick it to the cutie over by the DJ booth. The Blackberry Collins is just for you. This drink combines DeKuyper Blackberry, lemon juice, sugar syrup, and soda water with Hendrick’s Gin (the subtle notes of cucumber, rose petal and other botanicals make it the perfect mate for berry-flavored mixers). Dark, strong and sweet… it’s the way to go for a late summer’s night drink… or date (smile).
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Whether you’re wearing these sandals to happy hour or the hottest nightspot, you have to order a drink with the “Midas touch”. Start with a shot of Goldschlager at your favorite dive bar (don’t want everyone to see you drink like a coed), if you dare. If you’ve never had it, it tastes like Red Hots on acid. Then, at the bar du jour, request a Goldfinger. A combination of Goldschlager, Grand Marnier and ginger ale, it’s a sweet, spicy way to kick your summer fun into high gear.
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Take the frilly femme fatale theme a step further tonight by ordering a “Hot Pink Handgun” (credit: esquire.com) when you go out for drinks. Have the bartender blend Seraphin Cognac, orgeat syrup and a little lemon juice with a few raspberries and a teaspoon of super fine sugar. The recipe also calls for an egg white, but you can try that at your own risk. Egg or not, this sweet drink will have you swooning, but remember cognac can leave you reeling if you overdo it.
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Chances are there will be open bars at every event you attend, but who needs sponsored liquor when you have a killer expense account? Let the “little people” drink whatever’s on tap for the night, and order an “Indulgence.” (Make sure the bar back puts yours in a proper glass. Shots can be so un-chic). It’s sweet and thick, but it packs a kick. If your request brings a question mark to his or her face, instruct the wonderful individual to layer De Kuyper’s brown Creme de Cacao, Disaronno Amaretto and Amarula cream into a glass and into that exact order. If it’s done without blending the layers, leave a great tip.
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Whether you’re in the Big Apple or not, toast the occasion with a “Lady of the Evening” (image courtesy of Imperia). It’s served at the Bryant Park Hotel’s Cellar Bar for $25, but you may be able to score one at your area’s swankiest spot. Just let the bartender know it’s a standard martini made with Imperia Vodka and a cucumber and caviar float.
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Though these shoes are entirely intoxicating on their own, you H-A-V-E to take them out for a twirl and a drink. A mojito or mint julep will easily echo the charm of these heels, but aren’t you tired of those already? Try something new, and spring for a Mint Summer Nightini. This one came courtesy of the folks at CocktailTimes and blends (and I quote) Stoli Blackberri, cucumber juice, simple syrup and muddled mint leaves. It’s sweet, but crisp and is the ideal drink for an evening such as this.
“Fortuna” sandal by Georgina Goodman
It’s been said that a Bloody Mary is a pretty reliable hangover remedy, but that’s more a brunch drink than something you’d order at happy hour. Opt instead for a Tomato-Basiltini (image courtesy Intoxicated Zodiac). From the folks at Intoxicated Zodiac (check Scorpio), it says you’re the kind of gal who likes flavor but isn’t all about the sweet stuff. Have your bartender muddle tomato water, a little sea salt and 3 fresh basil leaves. Then add Prairie Vodka (or other organic vodka with rustic notes) and shake over ice. Tomato water is hard to come by, but be flexible and tip well if your bartender is able to figure something out.
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A pair of shoes such as these calls for a cocktail that’s just as rustically elegant and indulgent. Sashay into the most luxurious watering hole and see if the bartender can muster up a Truffle Margarita (Image courtesy of Ideas in Food). (He/she probably won’t know how, so get your pen and pad ready). From the minds of Ideas in Food’s Chefs Aki Kamozawa and H. Alexander Talbot, it combines Corazon Blanco Tequila (or other top shelf substitution) with a splash of maple syrup and truffle oil and is garnished with truffle slices and a lime wedge. This isn’t a sweet drink, but simply having it in your hand means you’re an intelligent imbiber.
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