Preparation: Puree watermelon in a blender and strain through a fine sieve to yield about 2 cups of juice. Pour into a large pitcher filled with ice. Add remaining ingredients and stir gently. Serve in highball glasses. Garnish with a slice of watermelon.
This is a recipe from In Style Magazine and is attributed to Tona Palomino of Trencherman in Chicago. The recipe serves 8.
L’Esprit de June is a vine flower liqueur and is created by combining the vine flower distillates of three different grape varietals, Ugni Blanc, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon, with a grape spirit in an effort to capture the essence of French vineyards in the springtime.
Preparation: Combine the ingredients in a mixing glass. Shake in an ice-filled cocktail shaker for 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.
This is a recipe from the book Hip Sips: Modern Cocktails to Raise Your Spirits by Lucy Brennan of Mint and 820 in Portland. The book describes the drink as follows:
One part Sex In The City and one part Fantasy Island, this caribbean cosmopolitan will have you slipping on your Manolos and crying “The Plane, The Plane” at the same time.
* Combine the juice of 10 Lemons, 10 limes and and shake to thoroughly mix.
** 2 Guavas, peeled and pitted, 2 tablespoons baker’s sugar (plus more if needed), 1 tablespoon of water, 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice (plus more if needed). Combine the ingredients in a blender and pulse until completely chopped. Puree until smooth.
Preparation: Pour the vodka and the lime juice into a collins glass. Add large ice cubes. Pour ginger beer over ice. Stir. Garnish with a lime wheel.
This recipe is from the Speakeasy book by Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric of Employees Only in New York City. Other recipes I found online have variations that call for half the lime juice and add 1 tsp simple syrup, while many also include a mint sprig for garnish.
The story behind the creation of the drink is interesting, particularly in light of the dominance of Vodka in modern times. Back in the 1950’s, vodka was a total non-factor with the American public and the owner of Smirnoff (who was actually an American man named John G. Martin from Connecticut that got his vodka recipe from a man named Pierre Smirnoff who was from Paris, not Russia) got together with the owner of a Hollywood bar called the Cock n’ Bull, who had produced a ton of ginger beer that no one was buying. These two businessmen combined two products that weren’t selling, put them into a promotional copper cup, and marketed the hell out of the drink to bartender’s across the country. Bartenders hated it, but the public loved it and with it the great American Vodka Craze began.