Happy Friday Everyone-
As the weather is getting more and more gorgeous, our social calendars are getting busier and busier. Many of us have weddings, barbecues, brunches, beach parties…basically all day drinking events. So, when someone offers you a wine spritzer, you can no longer think of your grandmother. Have you heard of session drinks? It’s the newest trend (at least in the U.S.) in the world of spirits. Totally “of the moment”. Session cocktails and beers allow you to sip your way through one of these fun events for a long period of time without feeling tipsy!
“Session drinking” is a chiefly British term that refers to drinking a large quantity of beer during a “session” (i.e. a specific period of time) without becoming too heavily intoxicated. A session is generally a social occasion. First came session beers-low-alcohol suds engineered for extended sipping throughout an afternoon.
Now the trend is session cocktails -The trend toward low-alcohol quaffs has been simmering for several years. Now cocktail bartenders are following suit, with low-octane drinks that rely on less-potent ingredients like vermouth, sherry and amaro. Low-alcohol cocktails can convey as much flavor and complexity as many boozier drinks. But they are also much more food friendly because they don’t overwhelm the palate. Barkeeps around town are tinkering with easy-sipping potions, devising all manner of tweaked aperitifs and low-alcohol cocktails, so that you can keep tippling late into the evening.
Check out this link, Why You Should Be Drinking Session IPAs Right Now, for a list of some great session beers. As I said, this is a British concept that has made it’s way to the U.S. but if your local liquor store isn’t carrying it…ask! Your favorite bartender can whip up any of your favorite session cocktails for you if you know the ingredients. It will catch on, just be patient!
Recipe: Lady Stoneheart
1/2 ounce of Punt e Mes, an Italian vermouth
1/4 ounce simple syrup
4 dashes of Angostura bitters
Add all the above ingredients to a glass flute, then top off with champagne and garnish with a slice or twist of grapefruit.
Remember…wine spritzers are not for your grandmother anymore. Grab a beautiful bottle of your favorite Rose, add seltzer, lots of ice and finish with your favorite fruit. A fun glass doesn’t hurt either. Have fun!