Boozy Tuesday, Vol. 7

It’s that time again (and I don’t just mean the liquor-loving blues-be-gone Boozy Tuesday to ease your mid-week melancholia). Back-to-school season. From crayons to calculus, brown bag lunches to books, backpacks, and binders, it’s enough overwhelm to send anyone to the bar. So, to ease your educational woes, this week’s creative cocktail is a tipsy toast to celebrate the start of a new semester…considering, of course, you’re of the legal age.

With autumn in toe and those lazy, hazy days of summer facing their finality, it seems high time for a hiatus of the vodka variety. In short, it’s a little less than ladylike to be lifting tropical toasts in any other season but summer. So until the days of sunscreen and neoprene return in nine months, Boozy Tuesday will no longer be a weekly feature at SxS…with the occasional exception of an eggnog elixir or spicy icy cider every now and again.

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Image via via cookswithcocktails. Recipe via absolut.

 

Brooklyn’s Best

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One of the greatest things about summers in New York (and summer tends to extend far beyond the bounds of Labor Day) are the rooftop soirees that arise when the sun sets and the urbanites collectively exhale into somewhat manageable temperatures. In fact, the stifling heat that was suffocating merely hours prior is now happily embraced as the streets comes alive with activity. Paper lanterns, tropical sangria, and blow-up mini pools decorate the building tops of Manhattan. It’s like an entirely new works emerges where the skyline meets the stars.

Taking Back Sundays

The Parisians have it mastered.  The Manhattanites made it cool.  So why have us Angelenos never fully gotten on the Brunch bus?  The reasons are beyond me.  After all, it’s an event that is founded on sleeping in, drinking before noon, and sun-savvy style.  Are we LA natives lacking in affinity for any of three of these things?  I certainly think not.  It’s about time this city got it’s act together and made brunch a weekend non-negotiable.

But first, we drink.  Here are some AM cocktails from around the web to desire + inspire…with a twist.

By Erin GleesonCucumber Sangria, anyone?

TO MAKE: Simply cube the honeydew, combine all the ingredients sans the soda water, chill for a few hours, and when ready to serve, add the seltzer. (via TheForestFeast).

dsafadfHow about a crafty herbal Spritzer?

TO MAKE: First, create a simple syrup with the thyme, water, and sugar by bringing them to a boil in a small saucepan.  Remove from heat and let stew for 20 minutes.  Remove the thyme, add the lemon juice, + allow to coolMix with blackberries, add ice, and top with champagne. (via Anthropologie).

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Or for those still craving a caffeine fix…

TO MAKE: Brew + chill coffee, preferably overnight.  In a large glass, pour coffee over ice and add the Frangelico plus desired sweetener.  Stir to combine.  Top with whipped cream, chocolate shavings, + chocolate syrup. (via AveryCooks).