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New York’s winter was quite long, and the artic chills are finally starting to wear off. When the sun is out, reflecting off skyscrapers, New Yorkers feel compelled to engage in certain springtime activities: wearing sunglasses, shedding layers of clothes, picnicking in parks, riding over bridges, and most of all, drinking during the day, preferably outside, on a sidewalk cafe or rooftop bar. They also enjoy listening to brighter tunes while consuming those very drinks, tunes with upbeat guitar riffs or a synthetic loftiness that both compliment the sunshine, sandals, t-shirts, and dresses. So, with that in mind, I have provided you with a mixtape and some cocktail recipes meant to lift your spirits as the temperature continues to rise. Let’s hope it doesn’t get too hot too soon.
 

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“Feelin’ Alright” by Joe Cocker
“Always Alright” by Alabama Shakes
“Line of Fire” by Junip
“Get Lucky” by Daft Punk (ft. Pharrell)
“Big Love” by Jamie Lidell
“Adorn” by Miguel
“Hang with Me” by Robyn
“Little Numbers” by BOY
 

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Georgia’s Punch: A play on a traditional southern punch, great for parties and meant to be served in a bowl over a block of ice. Think Snapple Peach Ice Tea kicked up with a bunch of booze. Make it a day in advance for best results.
 
14 oz Sugar
32 oz Black Iced Tea
32 oz Apple Brandy
16 oz Dark Rum
16 oz cup Passionfruit Liquor or Fruit Liquor
20 oz of Peach Nectar
5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
16 oz Water
12 Ice Cubes
Peel of two lemons
3 Apples, diced
3 Peaches, diced
Mix all ingredients together with a whisk and leave it overnight to mellow out.
 

 
Mint Julep: A classic amongst classics, most popular during the Kentucky Derby which takes place every year during the month of May and is emblematic of the Spring and copious outdoor libations.
 
2.5 oz Jim Beam Black
0.5 oz Simple Syrup (1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, bring to a boil, stirring until dissolved, let cool)
5 Mint Leaves
2 Mint Sprigs
Crushed Ice
Lightly muddle mint leaves and simple syrup at the bottom of a rocks glass. Fill half way with crushed ice. Pour bourbon over ice. Fill the remainder of the glass and then some with crushed ice (like a snow cone.) Garnish with mint sprigs.
 

 
Rhubarb Tequila Fizz: Rhubarb is one of the first vegetables that comes out with the waking of Spring. It’s slightly tart & bitter, but subtly sweet, making for a beautiful cocktail. I used Mezcal for an interesting touch of smoke, and soda for refreshment. Its color is not indicative of how it tastes, but believe me it goes down easy.
 
1 oz Mezcal
1 oz Blanco Tequila
1 oz Rhubarb Syrup (recipe below)
1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
1 oz Soda Water
5 dashes Rhubarb Bitters
Using a 1 oz jigger, pour all ingredients into a pint glass, then add bitters and ice. Shake shortly and strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice. Garnish with an orange twist.

 

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