Friday, June 08, 2007

Hey, Bartender...

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The Pomegranate Smack, created by Matt Skeel at Serafina Restaurant, Seattle, Washington

This week NPR asks: What is it about new summer cookbooks?

Well, according to this week's article on the subject, maybe it's the way they come out in such feverish, lush abundance -- like mushrooms after a rain -- at a time when the world and all its folly are slowly grinding to a halt.

"Summer cookbooks tend to fall into four categories: outside dining, fresh seafood, exotic dishes from warm-weather climates such as Mexico or South Asia, and icy treats. Taken together, they paint a picture of the good life, snatched from between the jaws of the workweek and the winter."

And for me, leading the pack over at NPR is The Backyard Bartender: 55 Cool Summer Cocktails by Nicloe Aloni

When the mercury climbs, there’s no better way to unwind than with an ice-cold cocktail. And with more than fifty recipes for stylish martinis and fizzy libations that celebrate summer’s laid-back attitude, The Backyard Bartender brings out your inner mixologist and turns your yard into summer’s coolest hangout. Enough said.

And shaken or stirred, my personal favorite has got to be the recipe for the Lawn Mower, a minty, melony summer drink that sure to quench the throats of all your backyard barbeque guests on one of those three-H (hazy, hot, and humid) summer afternoons.
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