Today is Memorial Day in the US. Certainly above all else, a day to remember those who are no longer with us, and to pay special recognition to the men and women of our armed forces. Coincidentally though, it also happens to be the generally accepted opening day of the summer season. Shutters fly open on beach houses, shorts and sunglasses come out in full effect. Warm weather is here.
Of course, nothing celebrates summer quite like a “beach drink.” Beach drinks are the type you’d order at a beach bar, perhaps on some tropical island. They’re generally bright in color (pink works), sweet, and fruity. So in celebration of the opening days of summer, I bring you The Flamingo.
Here’s what you’re going to need:
1.5oz rum (preferably white rum if you have it, but no big deal either way)
1.5oz pineapple juice (always fresh squeezed if possible, but you can see here that I’ve cheated, and it turned out OK. But fresh is always better.)
1/4oz lime juice
A splash of simple syrup (optional, if you like your beach drinks on the sweeter side)
It’s really as simple as that.
So as your beach umbrellas go up, and the sun block goes on, give this cocktail a try. Even if you can’t make it to the beach yourself, this drink will turn your mind to sunshine and seagulls in a snap.