Wednesday, July 11, 2012

summer drinking

In the summertime, all around New York City, you'll see happy people drinking on sidewalk cafes, front stoops and in restaurants that have flung open their doors and windows. Just seeing a cold glass of rosé in someone's hands makes my mouth water. It's so Pavlovian, it's downright scary.

Maybe I'm just trying to make myself feel better, but it's also the social aspect of summer drinking that's so appealing. The idea of shrugging off your day in the early evening or late afternoon, meeting a friend or two somewhere and wrapping your hot palms around a glass of something cold and refreshing. Now, that thing could be a soda, but more likely I am fantasizing about a glass of white or a tall, Belgian-style beer.

With that in mind, here's some links from around the web to make summer drinking more interesting and enjoyable.

Bon Appetit's 12 rules to drink (wine) by this summer. Some highlights: make white sangria with Savignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio or Gruner Veltliner (my favorite white), drink vermouth on ice and chill that Beaujolais.

Also, BA editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport drinks his beer on ice. Thoughts?

Quite possibly the girliest drink ever, this strawberry rosé spritzer from Food52 has my name written all over it.

How pretty are these frozen fruit skewers? Now imagine them in a glass of champagne. 

Food + Wine rounds up 25 affordable wines for summer grilling.

And for your drinking and viewing pleasure, I have compiled 50 summer drink recipes (both hard and soft) over at iVillage.

Photo from the bar at Husk in Charleston, where we drank very well, on a recent vacation.

Monday, July 2, 2012

deviled chicken drumsticks

Some foods are just made for summer. Like these deviled chicken drumsticks. They deserve a spot at your next picnic, barbecue or alfresco fire escape dinner, right next to the giant pitcher of mojitos.

The chicken is perfect fresh out of the oven, when the savory-spicy breadcrumb coating is hot and extra crispy. But it's also a winner eaten at room temperature or even the next day, if you're lucky enough to have leftovers.

Yes, call me a hypocrite. One day I'm telling you to walk away from your stove, the next I am telling you to make these awesome drumsticks. But they only need 30 minutes in the oven, so crank up that AC and get it done. Or at least wait until the temperature isn't in the 90s.


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