It’s almost the end of the summer. You have three more days to do the hula and wear flip-flops as if they were real shoes. Of course, the weather and what’s left of Hermine is going to ruin all that.
There is one remedy — tropical drinks. A little rum, a little fruit and plenty of sugar will make you forget about the pounding rain, flash flooding and disturbingly low temperatures for this time of year.
Besides the classics, here are a few recipes to help you get your tropical (storm) vibe going before the pumpkin-spice deluge washes the summer away.
Sticky Rice’s Caribbean Fizz
by Marcelo Lopez
1 ounce dark rum
1 ounce banana purée
1 ounce pineapple juice
3 to 5 ounces of chilled champagne
Directions: Shake the rum and fruit ingredients vigorously with ice. Strain into a chilled champagne flute and slowly top with champagne.
The Roosevelt’s The Shack Shaker
by T. Leggett
2 ounces Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond
1 ounce fresh pineapple
3/4 ounce fresh lime
3/4 ounce coffee syrup
1/4 ounce amaro (we use Luxardo Abano)
Directions: To make the coffee syrup, combine equal parts coffee and sugar. Stir till dissolved. Combine all the ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into an ice-filled hurricane glass and garnish with an orange peel.
Babe’s of Carytown’s It’s Raining Men
by Eric Clary
1-1/2 parts Rain organic vodka
3/4 parts blue curaçao
1/2 parts apple juice
Directions: Shake all of the ingredients together and pour over ice into a tall glass. Garnish with a lemon twist. Break out the sea shanties and be ready to refill your glass.
If you’re not into making drinks, you can stop by Dutch & Co. to try its Dutch Mai Tai, made with Plantation Original Dark rum, Pierre Ferrand cognac, pineapple, house-made orgeat syrup and lime with a Montenegro Amaro float ($12).
Or stop by the Daily Kitchen & Bar. While you watch the rain streak down the large window looking out over Carytown, you can pretend that it’s just a short tropical shower and sip one of its Bridging the Dam cocktails, with RumChata, Tres Generacions tequila, Del Maguey Mezcal Vida, agave syrup, hellfire bitters and cinnamon ($9).
And over at Pasture, you can throw yourself into the moment at its beach-themed party Saturday night, Sept. 3, starting at 5 p.m. with frozen Jungle Birds and frozen orange Creamsicle crushes with house-infused orange and vanilla vodka. Coconut bras and Hawaiian shirts are encouraged.CORRECTION: Originally, this article said that the Dutch Mai Tai was made with Torani orgeat. Dutch & Co. makes its orgeat in-house.