Summer Cocktails with Steve Olson

cocktail We asked beverage expert and 2010 JBF Awards spirits chair Steve Olson about the newest trend in spirits and how he slakes his thirst in the summer. Click here for his answers, as well as a recipe for a heat-busting mezcal-based cocktail. (You can also learn more about his education and consulting company, aka wine geek, at akawinegeek.com.)

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Summer Cocktails with Steve Olsen

 

We asked beverage expert and 2010 JBF Awards spirits chair Steve Olson about the newest trend in spirits and how he slakes his thirst in the summer. You can learn more about his education and consulting company, aka wine geek, at akawinegeek.com.

 

Q: What do you drink to cool down in the summer?

 

A: I love a good, cold, handcrafted beer in the summer. I also enjoy aromatic white wines, like a Sigalas Assyrtiko from Santorini, and tall, cool cocktails, such as a Southside (made with Tanqueray No. Ten gin and mint) or citrus-based drinks like a caipirinha (made with cachaça and fresh limes).

 

Q: In this issue we’re featuring barbecue trivia. What do you like to drink with barbecue?

 

A: To me, barbecue is summer, so all of the drinks I mentioned apply! That said, when I actually have the ribs on my plate (and the ’cue sauce on my fingers), what could be better than a perfectly made margarita with 100 percent agave tequila (such as Chinaco), Grand Marnier, and fresh lime juice?

 

Q: We’ve read that gin is making a comeback. What other... Read more >

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Recipes: Our Memorial Day Weekend Menu

Stock your cooler and get the grill hot: Memorial Day weekend is almost here! Whether you’re planning one of your legendary backyard parties or enjoying a simple meal on the porch, consider serving one or more of our favorite summertime recipes: Alexandre Dumas Potato Salad Lighten up the classic potato salad with James Beard's preferred version, which is moistened with olive oil and white wine instead of mayonnaise. Chile–Lime Skirt Steak Martha Hall Foose gets maximum tenderness and flavor out of skirt steak by applying a tangy marinade. Smoked

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