Lunar Landing Cocktail

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

When someone says “Party like an Astronaut“, do it!

I serve this cheeky cocktail alongside appetizers from the era at a party each year to celebrate the Apollo 11 lunar landing anniversary (July 20, 1969).

PS There’s always an astronaut photo booth and there’s ALWAYS someone drunk in the pool.
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Lunar Landing Cocktail!
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Lunar Landing Cocktail
makes 1

What you need: 
Ice (crushed crudely to look like moon rocks)
1 jigger of vodka
Seltzer
1 Bomb Pop

What to do: 
Pack a tall glass with ice. Add vodka and just enough seltzer to bring the level to 1-inch below the top of the glass. Add a bomb pop…splash down style!!

Celebrating Apollo 11! (VIDEO)

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

July 20, 1969

The moonwalk, began at 10:39 p.m. when Commander Neil Armstrong of Apollo 11 opened the hatch of Eagle and backed outside, watched by Buzz Aldrin. He carefully moved down the ladder, turning on the TV camera on the way. His first step took place at 10:56 p.m. “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” he radioed Earth.

Armstrong quickly moved to take samples from nearby Eagle, and Aldrin followed him on to the surface. The moonwalk lasted 2.5 hours, in which time the men picked up several rock samples, deployed science experiments, erected a flag and took a phone call from U.S. President Richard Nixon. Eagle’s hatch was closed, astronauts inside, at 1:11 a.m. the next morning.

 

Today…I continue to celebrate that auspicious occasion with a silly drink that I think the astronauts would have found funny and delightfully delicious.

Check out NASA’s historic Apollo 11 moon landing photos!

Cherry Coke Float

By Libbie Summers
Photography by Chia Chong

If you’re feeling adult, add a shot of Gosling’s Black Seal Rum. I’m just feeling like a kid today.
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Cherry Coke Float
makes 4 

What you need:
1 (12 ounce) package of frozen pitted sweet cherries, thawed and chopped
1 quart vanilla bean ice cream, slightly softened
4 (6 ounce) bottles Coca-Cola  (don’t even use anything else), ice cold
4 tablespoons natural cherry juice

What to do: 
Eight hours ahead, or the night before: Stir the cherries into the vanilla ice cream. Pat the ice cream into a shallow dish and freeze until hardened. Add 1 tablespoon of cherry syrup into each of the glasses. Add two small scoops of the cherry ice cream to each glass and pour some of the contents of each bottle of Coke over. Serve the remaining Coke on the side of each drink. *Great as a fun dessert at your next dinner party!
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Havana Mojito

Recipe by Luis Simón as told to Libbie Summers
Photography by Chia Chong
Words and Styling by Libbie Summers

I’d only known Luis for a matter of minutes before I stood in his kitchen while he taught me how to make the mojito of his homeland, Cuba. In the short time it took him to make 4 mojitos,  I realized Luis’ himself was just as he described the drink.

“A Cuban Mojito is powerful.”
“A Cuban Mojito is from the earth –it tastes best with water from a well.”
“A Cuban Mojito is proud. It only uses Cuban Rum.”
“A Cuban Mojito is refreshing…not too sweet…just sweet enough.”
Luis Simón

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Luis’ Havana Mojito
Looking at the photograph, and working right to left gives you an idea of the proportions in this drink.
Step 1: Muddle together, 1 wedge lime, 3 mint leaves and 1 teaspoon turbinado sugar
Step 2: Add sparkling water
Step 3: Add rum (yep, that’s a lot of rum)
Step 4: Fill with water and a little ice and stir.
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Bermudan Strawberry Mojito

by Libbie Summers
Photography by Chia Chong for Savannah Magazine
Model: Candace Brower

If you have never had Bermudan rum, you are missing out. It’s not just for a Dark and Stormy…try it in a Mojito. A Bermudan Strawberry Mojito!

Bermudan Strawberry Mojito
Serves 1

Ingredients
1/4 cup organic sugar
1/2 cup water
8 mint leave, divided
2 strawberries, chopped
1 ounce Gosling’s Black Seal Bermudan Rum
Ice
Seltzer Water

To make simple syrup:
In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, add the sugar and the water. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring, just until the sugar has dissolved. Removed the syrup from heat and stir in 4 mint leaves. Set aside to cool.

To make the cocktail:
In a tall glass, muddle together the strawberries, remaining mint and 1 tablespoon of the mint syrup. Stir in rum. Top with ice and finish with seltzer. Stir and serve.

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