Cool Cocktails for Hot Nights

cocktail graphic  – Well it’s been a while.  I was doing some work on the trailer – but hey… theres always time for a cocktail ain’a?  Now, anyone can throw some gin into a glass of lemonade and call it a Summer Breeze…. but I strongly advise you to try some classics.

NOTE: You just gotta have a cocktail shaker – but that could be a jelly jar (with top) and something to strain the liquid out without the ice.  If you are a serious cocktail mixer, it’s not the equipment per se…. it’s your technique that is key. Here are some tips and recipes from my treasured 1936 edition of “Burke’s Complete Cocktail and Tastybite Recipes”


  • Even though I tend to improvise Burke says, i you must measure with care…. “too much or too little of any ingredient may  cause you to miss your mark”.


  • GLASS = 2 ounces
  • Jigger = 1 ounce
  • Dash = 3 – 4 drops


  • Use a shaker filled with ice
  • Always pour the ingredients OVER the ice – this sets up an immediate chill

THE ETERNAL QUESTION:  Answer: sometimes you shake, sometimes you stir….  either way your technique is key.  When shaking:

  • Never fill your shaker more than 3/4 full
  • Do not shake vertically
  • Turn the shaker on its side and shake from side to side.
  • A SHAKE = is each single stroke – so there are two strokes for each shake.

Now for the good stuff – Here’s a couple of Brandy goodies from Burke.  For these – you should chill the glasses

Brandy Alexander – Classicba 2

  • 1 oz Brandy
  • 1 oz Fresh cream
  • 1 oz Creme de Cocoa

Don’t over ice this one- fill your shaker about 1/2 full with ice  – 40 shakes – strain into chilled glass and serve.

Garnish with a shake of nutmeg or grated chocolate. This is the classic.  There are some more modern variations for the adventurous:

  • Alexander’s Sister: Substitute crème de menthe for the crème de cacao.
  • Gin Alexander: Blend equal parts gin, white crème de cacao, and heavy cream.
  • Parisian Blond: Blend equal parts rum, Curaçao, and heavy cream.
  • Velvet Hammer: Substitute triple sec for the brandy.

Between the Sheets – Gin VersionCocktials_390x703_0029_between-the-sheets

  • 1 oz brandy
  • 1 oz dry gin
  • 1 oz curacao
  • 2 dashes lemon juice

Pour ingredients over ice in shaker – 25 shakes – strain into chilled glass and serve.

Garnish with lemon twist.

Between the Sheets – Rum Version

  • 1 oz brandy
  • 1 oz rum
  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • 2 dashes lemon juice

Pour ingredients over ice in shaker – 25 shakes – strain and serve

Garnish with lemon twist

Heres the printable: Cool Cocktails for Hot Nights