Pour yourself a drink, soak up the sun & join me if you’re twenty-one
With warmer weather approaching, nothing sounds better than relaxing on a lounge chair, grabbing the latest copy of DoNorth, trying one of these tasty cocktails and hopefully toasting the end of social distancing. Here are some favorites for the summer and fall seasons that not only incorporate the flavors of Adirondack Coast distilleries and wineries but also draw inspiration from the sights and sounds of the region. Stay cool readers, and sip responsibly!
The ADK Mule
The Moscow Mule is no doubt a favorite refreshing go-to drink so here’s a spin on it that stays true to the drink’s original recipe while adding a classic fall flavor—spiced apple cider.
- 4 oz spiced apple cider
- 1 ½ oz Driven Snow Vodka from Mountain Spirit Distilling
- Juice from 1 lime
- 4 oz ginger beer
- Apple slices for garnish
In a cocktail shaker, combine apple cider, 2-3 ice cubes, ginger beer, vodka and lime juice. Pour into a glass of your choice over ice and garnish with apple slices.
Frozen Whiskey Crush
Does maple syrup belong in cocktails? We believe so! Here’s a drink that includes our favorite sweet syrup and is perfect for your next backyard barbeque or pool party on a hot day.
- 2 ½ oz maple syrup
- 4 ½ oz Workin’ Mans Whisky from Mountain Spirit Distilling
- ¾ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
- ½ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
- Grated ginger
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
Combine orange juice, lemon juice, whisky, maple syrup and ginger in a blender with ice. Blend until smooth and slushy. Add more ice to thicken (if you want). Serve in mason jars.
If you want to add more sweet flavors to this frozen drink, dip the rims of the mason jars in orange juice and then maple syrup. Top with brown sugar.
Silver Lake Sangria
If you’re anything like me, you enjoy a nice glass of wine to unwind after a long day. This sangria is not only refreshing and fruity but features ingredients from two local Adirondack Coast producers.
- 2 bottles of Farm Truck Red wine from Vesco Ridge Vineyards
- 1/2 cup La Pomme du Lac Apple Brandy from Murray’s Fools Distilling Co.
- 3 oranges, 2 fresh squeezed and 1 sliced
- 2 green apples, sliced
- 1 ½ lemons, sliced
- ½ cup brown sugar
Combine sliced oranges, apples and lemons with brown sugar in a large pitcher. Muddle together with a large spoon. Add orange juice and brandy and muddle for 1 minute. Pour wine into the mixture and stir for another minute. Add ice and refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour. Serve in large wine glasses.
Serve this punch at your next party in a toast to Lake Champlain’s favorite monster, Champy. Make sure to save some for him too!
- 2 ½ oz Adirondack Glow White Whisky from Mountain Spirit Distilling
- ½ cup Midori liqueur
- 2 oz pineapple juice
- 1 oz lime juice
- 1 oz simple syrup
- Pineapple slices for garnish (optional)
Combine white whisky, Midori, pineapple juice, lime juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to chill. Pour into a mason jar over ice.