For the past week, it has been close to unbearable here in downtown Los Angeles. Birds have been falling out the sky mid-flight, car radiators exploding on the 10W and humans scurrying out of the stabbing heat into shade–any shade! Luckily, things have mellowed out a bit…but don’t get too comfortable. I expect that we are not out of the woods yet, and we are not going to get out of this summer without one or two more Mad Max apocalyptic style heatwaves before fall officially makes its debut this year.
So I think there’s more than enough time to enjoy a Cooler. Basically, a Cooler is sugar+soda+a healthy dose of ice and mostly any damn liquor you want. Highballs are just fine for this, but I much prefer them to be in a collins glass. The only thing you need to keep in mind when making this is: “Will this truly be refreshing? Would I slay another man gladiator style for a goblet of this to quench my savage thirst? If the answer is yes, you did it right.
1/4-1/2oz Simple Syrup (depending on taste)
2oz your choice of Liquor (personally, I like Chambord)
Long citrus peel
add simple, liquor and soda to glass, add ice to the top and stir a few times. Garnish with peel, sit back, relax and drink.
Plex Lowery, Tony’s Saloon, GM