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4 Cocktails for Day Drinking (Without Getting Day Drunk)

on 09/08/14 at 11:01 am

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tumblr_lugnamCtRP1r5md90o1_500Proper daytime drinking requires the intestinal fortitude needed for marathons, not sprints. But it also requires a strategy (plus water and food, and did we say water?). Those rosé refills can land you in that sad, sad place where you nod off earlier than is socially acceptable. “You want to feel buzzed but also refreshed,” says Natasha David, a bartender who worked under Keith McNally and Danny Meyer before opening Nitecap in New York City this year. “You want to go on a friend’s roof and watch the sunset, not pass out in a cab.” That’s easier to avoid now, given the low-alcohol, high-quality liqueurs, vermouths, and sherries coming to market. Below, how to navigate summer parties without getting smashed.

The Pitcher Drink
When Miami-based cocktail guru Gabriel Orta started hosting Sunday-afternoon reggae parties at the Freehand hotel six months ago, he wanted “something between a daiquiri and a margarita.” What he came up with was “It’s a Good Day in the Hood”—which, like the drinks that inspired it, is often enjoyed in large quantities. Fill a pitcher about three-quarters full of crushed ice, then pour in four ounces of tequila blanco infused with mint (drop a handful of sprigs into the bottle and give it a good shake) and three ounces each of Aperol (which blunts the strength of the tequila while adding bitterness and herbal notes), simple syrup, and lime juice, for brightness. Add a few dashes of fruit bitters, stir, and pour into a collins glass.