Hello, Monday. You’ve come too soon. Kramer and I have a problem where we stay up too late on Sunday nights because going to bed means that it’s the start of a new week and we just want the weekend to last forever. Is that so much to ask? Especially in n this muggy summer heat, it gets easier and easier to lay around the apartment desperately searching for that spot in front of the air conditioner that is nice and cool but also not too frigid, and staying there until it’s time to take a shower or do whatever unexciting chores that we’ve been putting off. I actually did a lot of cooking this weekend for a freelance job, to the tune of 10 recipes with photos plus an additional piece for another website with step-by-step photos and a recipe. That spot in front of the a/c was even more inviting after standing in a hot kitchen for hours on end.
A typical Friday night with the Kramers: me in the kitchen cooking and making cocktails, Kramer playing his video game.
Aside from bitching and moaning, which is my bread and butter, let’s be real, Kramer and I managed to have a pretty full weekend. Friday night I cooked and prepped while Kramer played Metal Gear Solid 4 on our borrowed PlayStation. On Saturday, we actually woke up relatively early and hit the gym briefly before grabbing breakfast and going our separate ways; Kramer to work (poor guy) and me back home to do more cooking and shooting before meeting up with friends in Long Island City for drinks followed by peel and eat shrimp and Maryland style crabs. Sunday we slept in until just past 9, then I did a bit more shooting while Kramer cleaned, then met up with friends at our favorite Italian spot in Williamsburg, PT, for pasta and lobster. We ended the evening with peanut butter and jelly ice cream from Oddfellows and a walk down to the waterfront. Kramer and I came home and watched the pilot of Under the Dome, which was intense and highly recommended.
I did have my fair share of cocktails this weekend, but I do have to say that I am a sucker for beer cocktails. They seem lighter and more refreshing than a spirit based drink, and with all of the interesting ales that come out in the spring and summer, it’s hard to even decide what to make or order. I did a series of beer cocktails for Business Insider last month, and this was another favorite. I’ve made a classic bramble before, but this time I used fresh summer cherries paired with a berry flavored wheat beer, which seem to be popping up everywhere as the months get warmer. This is a pretty cocktail, to be sure, but I know you’re not too bad ass to enjoy a pink-hued beverage. Kramer and our friend Morgan taste tested and approved of this berry infused drink, as did I (duh), so I know that you will, too. Try using strawberries or raspberries or any other favorite summer fruit to make it your own!
Kramer and I reunited with our college roommate, Chris, random stuff around the city, and, of course, foods.
Just muddle, shake, pour, and serve.
- 3 blackberries and 3 pitted cherries, plus more for garnish
- 4 ounces dry gin
- juice of 2 lemons
- 2 ounces simple syrup (recipe below)
- 1 12 oz. berry flavored wheat beer
- Place your blackberries and pitted cherries in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Muddle with a wooden muddler or a large spoon, then add in your gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Fill with ice and shake well for 10 seconds. Strain into two chilled glasses, top with beer, and garnish with an additional berry or two.
- *To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup of water and 1 cup of granulated sugar in a small pot. Stir to combine, bring to a boil, and simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved. Allow to cool and store in the refrigerator for up to three months.