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Mr. Boston Summer Cocktails

by Celia Sin-Tien Cheng
May 20, 2010

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Summer Cocktails book cover
Mr. Boston Summer Cocktails
by Anthony Giglio and Jim Meehan
(Wiley, 2010)

Memorial Day weekend marks the official start of summer and that means it’s cocktail season. Well actually, cocktail season is year-round, but I mean it’s summer cocktail season.

Whether you’re entertaining friends at home, at the beach, or grilling away in your backyard, you’ll want some refreshing drinks to keep cool during the warm weather. Mr. Boston Summer Cocktails provides more than 100 recipes to help you create thirst-quenchers with seasonal ingredients and summertime flavors.

Mr. Boston has been the go-to guide for bartenders since the end of Prohibition. This book includes recipes ranging from classics like the Singapore Sling to contemporary drinks like the Cherry Caipirinha.

Enter this week’s Baking Friday to win a copy of Mr. Boston Summer Cocktails, and in the meantime, here’s an easy and refreshing one to start with.

Cheers and happy summer!

After Burner
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1 dill sprig
2 ½” cucumber slices, plus 1 for garnish
¾ oz simple syrup
¾ oz fresh lime juice
2 oz gin

In a mixing glass muddle the dill and 2 cucumber slices with the simple syrup. Add the lime juice and gin, top with ice cubes, cover, and shake thoroughly. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with the remaining cucumber slice.


Comments (15)

Julia Ames

May 21, 06:50 AM

Cucumber Ginger Fizz or any Fizz in general. It must Fizz is what I am saying.


May 21, 07:01 AM

pimm’s cup!

pimm’s, cointreau, lemon juice + simple syrup (or gingerale), mint, slice of cucumber

guaranteed to refresh!

Grant Vingoe

May 21, 08:07 AM

I fondly remember having Rock Shandy between squash games(with an open roof court) in Chiang Mai in norbthern Thailand.

Rock ShandySERVINGS: MAKES 1 DRINK Ingredients
2 tablespoons Rose’s lime juice
3 dashes Angostura bitters
Cold sparkling water
Half fill a tall glass with ice. Add the Rose’s lime juice and Angostura bitters. Fill the glass with sparkling water and serve.


May 21, 08:26 AM

a tomat: pastis with grenadine over ice, diluted with water


May 21, 08:28 AM

Fernet and Ginger over ice in the morning

1 oz Fernet Branca
1 oz ginger syrup
soda water

The Dude

May 21, 09:07 AM

Best before noon (if you call this a cocktail):

Pomegranate Mimosa
4 oz Sparkling wine
1 oz OJ
1 oz Pom
3/4 oz (pony shot) of Cointreau

Vitamin C and prostrate support all in one drink!


May 21, 09:08 AM

anything with watermelon juice.


May 21, 09:21 AM

A mix of diluted black and peach iced tea with a little simple syrup or superfine sugar and mint!


May 21, 12:26 PM

A mint julep done right is irresistible in summer. Elizabeth on 37th in Savannah served up the best tasting one I’ve ever had. I am not the only one who thinks so:


May 21, 12:46 PM

Campari soda
Fresh tomato juice made with ripe tomato without seeds, some ice, a tbs sugar. It’s frothy, ice cold and sweet(er)! My grandma used to make it for me. So I haven’t had it in a very very long time. May be I should make it this summer in memory of her!

nancy Edwards

May 21, 03:12 PM

This is from a Tavern in MD which created a non-alcoholic version during Prohibition. Bourbon or rum can be added for kick.

Ginger Punch
1 qt. cold water 1 cup sugar
½ lb ginger
½ cup orange juice
½ cup lime or lemon juice (Fresh)
Make a simple syrup with water, sugar and chopped ginger, strain add juice. Serve over ice.

Can also add 1/2 liter of club soda if you find it too “gingery”


May 22, 12:29 AM

All these suggestions sound fantastic! Wouldn’t mind spending a lazy afternoon sipping any and all of them. I’d like to toss in the French 75. Invariably, I order one at Absinthe in SF where the addition of a brandied cherry is so lovely. Cheers to the summer coming back to SF soon!


May 22, 10:34 AM

Singapore Sling (at every 1980’s disco)

1/2 oz grenadine syrup
1 oz gin
sweet and sour mix
club soda
1/2 oz cherry brandy

Pour grenadine into the bottom of a collins glass, and fill with ice. Add gin, and almost-fill with equal parts of sweet and sour and chilled soda. Top with cherry brandy, and serve unstirred, garnished with a cherry.

S Lloyd

May 23, 04:58 PM

This is my dream cocktail for summer.
Mid June: I am trying this with somee folks!

Ol' Guinea Bastard

May 24, 07:23 PM

South Ozone Sangria

equal parts cheap chianti (Opici or Carlo Rossi) and lemonade over crushed ice. don’t knock it till you tried it ~: )

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