Dead of Summer (Meurto de Verano)

When I think summer, I think backyard barbeques. And what's a barbeque without corn on the cobb? Whilst brainstorming a corn cocktail I immediately thought to use Mezcal. I'm sure it'd also be great with Tequila, but I really wanted to utilize the smokiness of Mezcal. 

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I chose to torch the corn because I felt that enhanced the corn's sweetness. Because of the sweetness of the corn, I kept the measurement of the honey syrup low. The goal was to keep all the flavors balanced and to complement the corn juice without overpowering it.  

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I'm really proud of this drink. The combination makes for a refreshing and delectable drink. The perfect drink for those summer barbecues. Cheers! 

Dead of Summer

(Meurto de Verano)

2 Ounces Corn Juice

1.5 Ounces Mezcal

.5 ounce Lime Juice

.5 ounce Honey Simple Syrup

Shake. Strain. Enjoy!


To Make Corn Juice:

1. Bake corn at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.

2. Torch until lightly charred. 

3. Remove kernels from ear of corn. 

4. Add corn and 1/2 cup of water per ear of corn.

5. Purée in blender or food processor. 

6. Strain.

(Refrigerate for 3-4 days. Separation may occur.)

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Hemingway Daiquiri

A few years ago my husband and I decided to spend Christmas in Key West. It was the best decision we ever made. It was the perfect trip. We smoked cigars by the water. We spent an entire afternoon fishing. We watched sunset after sunset. 

Key West has become our happy place. Reminiscing about that week has almost become a form of meditation. We take deep breaths and recall how we impressed our boat captain with our mad fishing skills. We think back to sunsets in Mallory Square, the hilarious Cat Guy, the sound of the waves crashing outside our hotel room. 

If Key West is our happy place, the Hemingway Daiquiri is our happy drink. Less sweet than the traditional daiquiri, the Hemingway Daiquiri substitutes the simple syrup with grapefruit juice and maraschino liqueur. It was invented at the El Floridita Bar in Havana, Cuba. And named after the bar’s most famous patron.

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2 ounces light Rum
.5 ounce Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur .75 ounce Grapefruit Juice .5 ounce Lime Juice
Shake with ice.
Strain into a cocktail glass.