The bright flavors of the season put a fresh twist on cocktail hour. Nancy Miller cajoled six of Louisville’s most popular concocters to share their delicious favorites.
HOW TO STOCK A SUMMER BAR
If you want to know what to stock for summer, there’s no better person to ask than Brian Price, the beer merchant at Liquor Barn. “When I think of summer cocktails, the sweet and tart balance of fruit muddled or puréed, in drinks automatically comes to mind,” he says. “Nice, ripe strawberries, blueberries and raspberries are my go-to. Then it becomes a matter of your preference of spirit. Vodka is the easy one, but berries go well with gin, bourbon and, yes, Scotch.” Here, he shares his expert seasonal shopping insights.
“In addition to the base liquors, you need a variety of fresh juices and herbs such as basil, rosemary and mint. Even if you don’t muddle them, they can add a nice aromatic.”
“You don’t want to go to the trouble of making craft cocktails if you put them in red Solo cups. Summer drinks tend to be aesthetically pleasing, so pretty glassware is where it’s at.”