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Cool Cocktails for Haute Summer Nights #RECIPES

Looking for a thirst quenching cocktail to beat rising temperatures, or a sipper for summer entertaining? Here are some favourites from the bartenders around Fairmont Hotels in the Pacific Northwest that are a snap to recreate and serve at home.

Jet Off

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What could be more apropos coming from a hotel lounge than a drink called Between The Sheets? From the Jetside Bar at The Fairmont Vancouver Airport:

¾ ounce white rum
¾ ounce brandy
¾ ounce cointreau
½ ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
½ ounce simple syrup

Combine ingredients, shake over ice, strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

 

Oh Bee-Hive

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With the weather calling for beaches and bathing suits, The Fairmont Waterfront recommends the Basil and Honey Collins. At just 180 calories, this skinny sip puts a twist on tradition and uses fresh basil leaves for flavor without the calories. The hotel makes honey syrup using their organic rooftop honey by boiling equal parts of honey and water, and letting it cool.

1½ oz Plymouth Gin
¾ oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz soda
¾ oz Rooftop Honey Syrup

Combine ingredients, shake over ice and strain. Serve in a highball glass and garnish with a lemon wedge and large basil leaf.

 

A Cool Kiwi

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Recent recipient of the Diageo 2014 World Class Canada Bartender of the Year, Grant Sceney, head bartender at Fairmont Pacific Rim, honors his homeland with a Randy Little Kiwi .

½ kiwi, peeled and sliced
1 piece of cucumber, peeled and diced
2 oz gin (London Dry)
½ oz elderflower cordial
½ oz freshly squeezed lime juice
Club Soda

Muddle the kiwi fruit and cucumber in a tulip-style glass. Add gin, elderflower cordial and lime juice. Add crushed ice, top with club soda and stir. Garnish with slice of kiwi and cucumber.

 

Not Your Usual Tea

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Don’t let the old fashioned moniker fool you, this is not your grandma’s cuppa! The Fairmont Empress Veranda Iced Tea is a refreshing cocktail that goes from day to night.

1 oz Fairmont Berry Berry Tea infused vodka
¼ oz gin
¼ oz white rum
¼ oz tequila
¼ oz contreau
¾ lemon
¾ simple syrup

Combine ingredients, shake over ice and strain over ice into a cocktail glass.

 

A Cool Mule

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And from up on The Roof at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, comes a classic cooler for summer – The Moscow Mule, that’s as easy as its one-two-three ingredients.

Mix 2 ounces vodka with 1 ounce of fresh lime juice. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a lime wheel.

 

Sipping in Seattle

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Light and fresh, this “cool as a cucumber” drink at The Fairmont Olympic in Seattle is a refreshing way to beat the heat.

1 oz lemon juice
1 ½ oz Hendrick’s Gin
¾ oz simple syrup
2 oz DRY Cucumber Soda

In a mixing glass pour gin, lemon juice and simple syrup. Fill with ice, shake and strain into a cold martini glass. Top with cucumber soda and garnish with a slice of cucumber on the rim of the glass.

 

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