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SUMMER COCKTAILS: The Sunday Service

Originally published by Watershed Magazine
Words by Signe Langford. Photo Editing by Alana Lee Photography

We’re living through challenging times; we could all go for a cocktail right about now. Four creative mixologists give us four fabulous drinks perfect for raising a glass to 2020 no matter what it brings!

Summer Cocktails

With summers as fleeting as ours, we advise you to get out and stay out! This means working, relaxing, playing, and enjoying your food and drink out of doors –in the backyard, on the deck or on your balcony – all at a safe physical distance, of course. So whether you’re firing up the grill or settling into a good summer read, these talented Watershed country culinarians have the perfect cocktail for celebrating the sun.



Old Salt Cocktails, Prince Edward County

The Sunday Service

Inspired by a trip to The Dorsey Cocktail Bar at The Venetian in Las Vegas, the Sunday Service is
a take on mixologist Joaquin Simo’s “Naked and Famous.” The cocktail has a smoky, summery
quality, and a subtle medicinal gingery-ness. David advises, “It’s a sipper not a smasher so take
your time and enjoy.”

Makes 1 sophisticated cocktail.

1 ½ oz. Absolut vodka
½ oz. Soho lychee liqueur
½ oz. fresh lemon juice
2-3 dashes Tabasco
4 oz. spicy ginger beer
1 tiny red Thai chili pepper – a tiny green one will work, too

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add alcohol, syrup and lemon juice and shake vigorously until cold and lightly diluted. Strain over ice – preferably a single 2-inch cube – garnish with a couple of slices of cucumber and a pinch of smoked sea salt. For the ginger syrup: peel and chop a 1-inch piece of ginger, add to a saucepan with 2 cups water and 2 cups sugar. Simmer until ginger infuses and sugar dissolves.

Tip: Keep that simple syrup on hand – in the fridge – to add to sparkling water, soda, tonic, or lemonade.

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