Summer Rum Punch

Summer Rum PunchIf you are planning to entertain, our Summer Rum Punch is perfect for a party. This drink is pretty, tart and tangy with a lovely flavor. And, it is good any time of year. Just adjust the garnishes to match the season. (Float apples and cranberries in the fall, more citrus in the winter, berries in the spring…)

And, it is good any time of year. Just adjust the garnishes to match the season. (Float apples and cranberries in the fall, more citrus in the winter, berries in the spring…)

Summer Rum Punch
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The French Connection

The French Connection CocktailBastille Day is the common name for the French National Day, la Fête nationale. It commemorates the Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789 during the French Revolution. Celebrations are held throughout France including Europe’s oldest and largest military parade held on the morning of 14 July, on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.

Here, we tend to celebrate French culture rather than military victories. And, at Piedmont Grocery we are lifting our classes with this classic, The French Connection.

Happy Bastille Day!

The French Connection Cocktail
The simple two-ingredient French Connection is one of the best ways to enjoy a young cognac. Read more…

Long Island Iced Tea

Long Island Iced TeaA Long Island Iced Tea is delicious and refreshing on a summer’s day.  It might have the same amber hue as its namesake, but don’t be fooled! It has a much higher alcohol concentration than most highball drinks because there is relatively little mixer, in this case cola.

The original Long Island Iced Tea is said to have been invented in a community called Long Island in Tennessee (Not New York!) during Prohibition in the 1920s. It wasn’t until the 70s that the modern version using Coca Cola was created.

Long Island Iced Tea
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The Sea Breeze

The Sea Breeze The Sea Breeze is in a family of Vodka and juice drinks that developed in the 1920s, and made a big resurgence in the 1980s. It is definitely worth revisiting.

It is a refreshing drink for summer days, and will prevent scurvy if you are heading to the Northern California Pirate Festival this weekend.

The Sea Breeze
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