An End of Summer Cocktail

The dog days of summer are winding down and Labor Day is just around the corner. Still, the heat persists pushing, the tomatoes and peppers into luscious ripening but wilting the dedicated gardener making planting beds ready for the fall. Days like these call for something fresh and easy but with enough character to rally our slightly feverish brains and save them from late afternoon torpor. Bright citrus with a bit of a bitter edge and Wandering Aengus Bloom cider with its slightly floral wildness do just the trick.

Bloom Cocktail

The Wandering Orange

  • 1 ounce Cointreau®
  • 5 – 6 ounces Wandering Aengus Bloom Cider
  • 3 dashes citrus bitters (I like the one from Brooklyn Bitters)
  • 2 orange slices

Mix the Cointreau®, cider, and bitters and pour over a generous amount of ice in which the 2 orange slices are nestled. Enjoy in a shady spot on the porch with a little garden dirt still stuck under your nails and the satisfied feeling of a job well done.