If you have a case of the Mondays, you're in luck. Today just so happens to be the summer solstice, which means we'll experience the longest amount of sunlight (approximately 17 hours, to be exact). It also marks the official start of the season synonymous with backyard BBQs and poolside hangs. Suffice it to say, even though it's the start of the week, there's plenty of reason to celebrate. With that in mind, we found the ideal cocktail to help you take full advantage of the extra daylight.
This rye-based drink, plucked from the pages of Brooklyn Bartender ($16; amazon.com), a new spirits guide with 300 recipes from Brooklyn's most popular neighborhood haunts, is the brainchild of Tonia Guffey, head mixologist at Dram, a speakeasy-style bar in Williamsburg. She describes it as a "summer old fashioned" with a grapefruit twist, which renders it perfect for slowly sipping as you watch the sun finally set. Read on for the full breakdown.
1 oz Rittenhouse rye ($23; arlingtonwine.net)
1/2 oz Combier pamplemousse rose ($28; shop.southlyndale.com)
1/2 oz Byrrh ($22; winetransit.com)
1/2 oz Dolin dry vermouth ($16; drinkupny.com)
1/4 oz Aperol ($21; arlingtonwine.net)
3 dashes orange bitters ($8; webstaurantstore.com)
1. Combine all the ingredients in a mixing glass with ice.
2. Stir until well chilled and strain into a double old fashioned glass with one large ice cube.
3. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.