The Easy Way or the Hard Way
How does the song go? "Summertime.. and the living is easy...".
Unless you're the bartender.
There are two ways to look at this issue: if you pick the right products you can get pro-quality cocktails without too much stress or mess and easily serve more guests; BUT, if you make your cocktails difficult enough, you'll find it's easier not to over-indulge and impress more people along the way!
To help you with the first strategy, we can highly recommend this new line of syrups and cocktail mixers from Vancouver's Cahoots. From their flavour line, we currently have in stock their Classic Simple Syrup and Lavender Simple Syrup (made with BC lavender) - both of which are handy as bar essentials for a number of different cocktails - and their Old Fashioned mix. Don't you worry about the balance of citrus, bitters and sweet - it's perfectly balanced. Just add bourbon or rye and voilà. They have other flavours that didn't arrive with our current order, including a Moscow Mule mix... which brings us to strategy number two.
I don't know about you but I've got more fresh mint growing in the garden than I know what to do with so my go-to cocktail this summer has been a kind of hybrid between a Moscow Mule and Mint Julep called a Kentucky Mule. It's a bit of work but completely worth it:
Cut a fresh lime into quarters and pick yourself a generous sprig of fresh mint.
Muddle three of the lime quarters and most of the mint together in some vessel or another along with a few grinds of black pepper.
Strain all of that into your mule cup (or regular glass but more on that in a second...) which you have filled to the top with ice.
Add 2oz of your favourite bourbon.
Top with Fever Tree Ginger Beer, garnish with the remaining lime wedge and a mint sprig and you can rest on that laurel for quite a while (that copper cup is going to keep it all nice and cold!)
Your guests will LOVE this drink. It's a spicy, refreshing and invigorating slow-sipper and after watching how hard you work to make it, no one is going to be rude enough to ask for a second one!
Now, it just so happens that we have just TWO copper Mule Mugs left in stock and that'll be it for summer so we suggest you get them while you can. Let us know you're going to try making a Kentucky Mule and receive 10% off the price of the mugs!