I’ve gotta tell you, I’m very thankful that wine is gluten free. As well as most cocktails. Fortunately for me I’ve never been much of a beer drinker, so giving up beer when I went gluten free wasn’t much of a burden. But I really enjoy a glass of nice wine, or a good margarita, or a mojito made with fresh mint. My husband and I grow a bunch of mint every year just for our mojitos in the summer. I also have a Soda Stream machine to make sparkling water. I really get into it. And once I started making my own margaritas, I’ve become quite the snob and turn my nose up at many a restaurant version.
As for wine, The Chopping Block sells some amazing bottles at equally amazing prices. The Rosé is a perfect sipping wine for warm summer evenings, and our house white wine, made from Italy’s Falanghina grape, is refreshing and delicious. The Big Fire Pinot Gris from Oregon is delightful with spicy food. But don’t take my word for it! Stop by and pick up a bottle for yourself, or enjoy one with one of our summer classes.
Here are a couple of my favorite drink recipes, both very adaptable.
1 oz each tequila and fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
½ oz triple sec or other orange liqueur
juice of half a lime (or to your desire)
a few drops simple syrup if you like it sweeter
Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker with crushed ice, shake, and either strain into martini glass or pour entire contents into small glass rimmed with salt, or sugar, or chili lime salt. A restaurant in Chicago puts a rosemary stem in their margarita. You could add some orange juice, pomegranate juice, etc.
1 oz rum
½ oz simple syrup
juice of ½-1 lime
8-10 mint leaves (preferably picked fresh from your mint plant)
Roughly tear up mint leaves and put in bottom of tall glass. Add simple syrup and muddle with end of a spoon to release mint flavor. Add rum and lime juice and stir. Fill glass with crushed ice and top with sparkling water, and stir well.
You could also use basil leaves, pomegranate juice, or anything else you fancy.
Make simple syrup by shaking equal parts hot water and sugar in a jar with lid until dissolved.
What's your favorite summertime cocktail?