When I was in Sevilla, Spain back in the summer of 2002, there was a "drink of the summer," which apparently, there is every year, along with a "dance of the summer," to go with a "song of the summer." I don't fully remember the dance, and if I heard the song, I would know it (and probably remember more of the dance), but I do remember the drink. Tinto de verano. Red wine and Lemon Fanta over ice. Delish!
This summer, hubby and I did not travel to Spain (alas), but we have been enjoying our own "drink of the summer." The Dark and Stormy. We first tried it during happy hour at the local tiki bar (a way cool place), and fell in love.
It is easy to make. Just pour ginger brew (non-alcoholic) over ice, add a shot of dark rum and a wedge or two of lime, and there you go! You can vary the amounts of the ingredients to your, ahem, taste, or follow a recipe (see note with link below). Also, there are many kinds or ginger brew and rum to choose from. We have tried various, and so far we prefer Reed's Extra Ginger Brew and Meyers's Original Dark Rum. Plus organic limes.
Now, it's not like we are sitting out on the swing drinking these every evening as the mosquitoes appear, but we did do that once. And yesterday, Andrew suggested we (as a family) go out and drink beer on the swing. He meant "ginger beer." Which is ginger brew, which is basically ginger ale. Just so you know.
That said, I have been keeping the ingredients on hand, and we have been partaking every other week, or so.
Do you have a "drink of the summer"?
(Note: Image is from the recipe at this site.)