We return from our mini #holivacay mostly recuperated in time for another weekend. Spearfish sandwiches and corn on the cob were savored as charred as our skin now rests under aloe. Mock 10Ks were ran and then sorely paid for. Chris Christie‘s family buried him in the sand and forgot him faster than you can discard ripped pants.
This month’s Beekman box will have to wait another week as we prematurely reminisce over South Jersey’s Beach Road.
The in-laws extended invaluable hospitality from their Ocean City summer haven this past Fourth of July and did all they could to wipe city living clean from the brain. From boardwalk wonderment to renewed bike parades and loads of chill in between, it served the perfect setting for another installment of summer cocktails.
Vidal Blanc introduced itself in both wine glass and ice cream bowl. The ever-classic Rum & Coke – Sailor Jerry & Zero to be precise – was respectfully acknowledged before switching to my wife’s hand within four sips. Fire Beer sadly Disapparated from the menu.
However, nothing better freshened the company of homemade avocado dip and veggie patters on the front porch better than the Pinto family’s inherited go-to with a twist and sprig: The Absolut Herbal Fusion.
This delightful concoction of vodka, citrus and efflorescence provided an appropriate zing and crispness in propelling some deceptively overcast afternoons. You need not indulge in more than one, though they’re deliciously light (and lite) enough if you are ever so bold.
The redemptive herbal ratio in this recipe is 12 parts basil to 6 mint leaves.
Do not mistake the purple hue for a belated Spring Awakening. Mom is just being anti-establishment.
Feel free to borrow Aaron Judge’s bat as a muddler (he can use a break) and mush your seasonings to a superfine state. Add two capfuls of Absolut Citron, less than a teaspoon of sugar and a splash of lemon juice, and then your beverage is prime to be fused!
For optimal refinement, your mix is better left sitting in an ice-filled shaker before ingratiating with a chilled martini glass. When it’s essentially 5 o’clock every 15 minutes, there’s no time for such sophistication.
Simply floss betwixt every gulp, look around you and exhale in satisfaction.
Mike L. // The Guide