APRIL 2011: High Spirits - It's Raining Golfers
Author: Krissy Cantelupe
TEE UP SOME SPECIAL COCKTAILS!
April is not just the month for showers; actually, it’s the month when it rains golfers. From the Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links here on Hilton Head Island to the Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., golf is everywhere. In honor of these famous spring sporting events, I put together a nice group of cocktails, a golf-related wine, and even a delicious non-alcoholic drink named after one of the most famous golfers of all time.
THE BACK NINE
A featured cocktail of the Heritage Golf Tournament
1.5 oz. Grey Goose Citron
3 oz. sweet or unsweetened tea
2 oz. lemonade
Grated zest of lemon
Mint leaves for garnish
Mix the iced tea, lemonade and Grey Goose Citron Vodka in a large glass filled with ice. Stir. Add some grated lemon zest and garnish with mint leaves.
THE TANQUERARY GOLF COCKTAIL
The original golfer’s cocktail
1 1/2 oz. Tanqueray Gin
3/4 oz. dry vermouth
2 dashes bitters
Put all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake briskly, strain and pour into a martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
CROOKED GOLF CART
This delicious rum drink is even better with the Kraken Spiced Rum
1 oz. Kraken Spiced Rum
1 oz. Amaretto
5 oz. cranberry juice
2 slices fresh lime
Fill a glass to the top with ice. Pour the cranberry juice to the halfway point. Pour in the Amaretto, then continue to fill glass to top with cranberry juice. Drizzle the Kraken Rum on top and stir lightly. Garnish with lime slice and enjoy.
WINE: LUKE DONALD CLARET
Luke Donald has spent much time and energy into the creation of this Napa Valley wine. He is personally involved in the blending process, which reflects his own style. His friendship and partnership with Bill Terlato from Terlato Wines International allowed for the creation of this beautiful red. The wine is 44 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 43 percent Merlot, and 1 percent Petit Verdot. The grapes are sourced from the Rutherford and Stags Leap District of Napa Valley. The wine is integrated with structured tannins and vibrant flavors of blackberries, rich spice, espresso, and licorice. It is a beautiful and well-balanced wine with a price tag of around $40.
NON-ALCOHOLIC: THE ARNOLD PALMER
And for those who prefer to not imbibe during this golf season, we cannot forget one of the most famous summer drinks, named after one of the most famous golfers in the world: the Arnold Palmer. Equal parts of sweet or unsweet tea and lemonade; shake over ice. Also great for a hangover!