FOODIE: I Need a Drink.

The last couple of weeks have been a doozy for me. Maybe they have been for you too… If so, feel free to join me for a drink. I could go into all of the banal reasons, but I’d hate to bore. Though I’ll readily admit my humanity here: When I’m stressed out, I let the cooking slip. The past week has been a veritable bevy of styrofoam and aluminum containers.

Now that I’m feeling like I have a few moments to myself and am thinking of concocting anything at all, I’m gravitating toward the sort of thing that helps lift the spirits. And I’m definitely feeling the day drinking vibe. Saturday was the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. That definitely had me got me into the full summer mindset.

This Sunday in Brooklyn was one of the most beautiful days I’ve ever seen in my eight years here. There were at least two hours of sunshowers, rain pouring and sun blazing simultaneously. It was a wonderful day to spend in my dining room with all the windows open trying out a few favorite day cocktails.

All of the cocktails below are great day drinks, light and refreshing and they all probably have some vitamins and maybe even a little fiber in there. You can drink them all day and not feel weighed down. It’s so luxurious and decadent to spend an afternoon with lovely friends and beautiful cocktails. So try these out the next time you have a few free hours and a few free friends.

Champagne Sidecar

1 oz Brandy
1/2 oz Cointreau
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
Chilled Champagne

Mix the first three ingredients in a champagne flute then top with ice-cold champagne to within a hair of the top of the flute ;0)

Pimm’s Cup (pictured)

Fill a Collins glass with ice.
Mix 1 part Pimms Cup No. 1 with 2 parts lemonade.
Stir or shake.
Top off with club soda, or use lemon-lime soda for a sweeter drink.
Stir lightly — but do NOT shake again.
Garnish with a slice of Kirby cucumber; lemon wedge optional.

Strawberry Caipirinha

1 oz. Cachaca
1 oz. BOLS Strawberry
½ lime
3 strawberries
club soda
1 Tbl superfine sugar

Cut a fresh green lime into 6 pieces and put 3 in the glass.
Add three strawberries (without the green tops), the cachaca and the Bols Strawberry as well as 1 tablespoonful of sugar.
Muddle (grind) the fruit with the liquid and sugar in the glass until it is all mashed, and then fill up the glass with crushed ice and stir to mix. Top with club soda.


If you like Nichelle’s dish, check out all of her recipes here.

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