Memories of Summer is so named because it tastes likes it was invented back in the good old days, when all kids had to play with were a couple of plastic dinosaurs and a vodka bottle. As the green dino is saying, it tastes of cinnamon, cherry blossoms and creamy soda; as the orange dino is thinking quietly to itself, if you can hear plastic dinosaurs talking you’ve had one drink too many.
Part of the appeal of this cocktail is that it can be made short and strong, or topped up with soda for a longer, more refreshing drink. Either way, it’ll help make your memories of summer good ones.
MEMORIES OF SUMMER
30ml peach vodka (we used house-made, yellow-peach-infused vodka; if you don’t have any, then Absolut Apeach will do fine)
15ml St Germain elderflower liqueur
15ml sugar syrup
10ml lime juice
5 drops Bittercube Cherry-Bark Vanilla bitters
soda, to top up (optional)
Tumblers are fine, though a short version of this drink would look better in a martini glass
Half-fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all ingredients except the soda. Shake like you’ve just run through the sprinkler on a stinking hot day. Strain into the glass; top with soda if you want a long drink.
DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY
The hardest part is making the peach vodka, as you have to let the fruit infuse for at least a month before using it. Can’t be arsed? Use store-bought, and perhaps garnish the glass with some peach slices so it at least looks like you made an effort.
Memories of Summer was proudly created by 52 Cocktails. The team would like to order a round at a bar just to see what happens, eg:
‘I’d like two Memories of Summer, please.’
‘Oh? Ah…well, we used to go to the beach…and sometimes we’d have barbecues…’