Summer Solstice. The longest days of the year deserve the most refreshing libations. Sitting by the pool with an ice-cold cocktail, gathering with friends to celebrate the warmth of midsummer. What could be better?
Across the world, summer solstice celebrations are underway. In Persia, it's called Tiregân, with dancing, singing, reciting poetry and serving spinach soup.
In the Slavic countries, the Kupala goddess celebration is derived from the same Indo-European root as the name of Cupid, Roman god of love, which represents passion and desire.
In Finland, Juhannus celebrations of midsummer take place on midsummer eve, when many workplaces are closed and shops must close their doors at noon.
In France, the "Fête de la Saint-Jean" (feast of St John), is traditionally celebrated with bonfires that are reminiscent of Midsummer's pagan rituals.
In South Florida, it's more likely to be a poolside gathering to celebrate the season of sparse clothing, featuring tangy barbeque ribs and chicken on the grill along with great rum cocktails.
It's summertime and the living is easy.
The aroma of fresh peaches can evoke sublime delight. A touch of ginger is exhilarating and exotic. A fine rum from the U.S. Virgin Islands will bring tropical essence to the mixture. Fresh lemon will offer the perfect balance. A splash of tonic will provide a refreshing lift.
Our friends at Cruzan rum remind us it's time to incorporate the "Don't Hurry" into our lifestyle. Slow down and savor the season. Let's enjoy a cocktail custom made for a summer celebration with friends.
Cruzan Peach Splash
1 1/2 parts Cruzan Peach Rum
1/2 part lemon juice
1 slice of fresh ginger
Method: Lightly muddle ginger in a tumbler. Add Cruzan Peach rum and lemon over ice and shake. Pour into a rocks glass and top with Tonic. Garnish with a Peach Slice.
It's easy to multiply this recipe by a dozen -- or twenty portions -- to create a punch for all to share.
Enjoy your summer solstice celebration with friends and family. Share the moments, share the love, share the refreshing cocktails of midsummer.
Robert Burr is the National Rum Examiner. He publishes Rob's Rum Guide and hosts the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise, in addition to organizing the International Rum Expert Panel (RumXP).