Here's a great cocktail to celebrate the Summer Solstice which arrives on June 21, 2014. The solstice marks the start of the summer season in the Northern Hemisphere presenting with the most hours of sunlight available all year.
The word "solstice" comes from the Latin terms "sol" (the sun) and "stitium" (to stop) and is celebrated in many ways around the world.
In Scandinavia, the arrival of the season is welcomed by the celebration of Midsummer's Eve which is a national holiday in Sweden and Finland. According to Encyclopedia Britannica Sweden celebrates by singing and dancing around a maypole decorated with flowers, a tradition that just may have its roots in fertility rites. Danes, meanwhile, sing a song called "We Love Our Land," burn straw witches in bonfires and eat foods such as smoked fish, pickled herring, potatoes and strawberries, and drink beer and schnapps.
One of the most popular summer solstice celebrations occurs at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England. Every year, thousands of people descend at the site in crazy clothing, celebrating the longest day of the year in a place that is believed to have been used as a religious site by Britons four millennia ago.
However you celebrate - with or without clothes, be sure to go outside with a cocktail in your hand. There's no excuse for missing out on this much sunlight and a chance to toast the official start of summer.
1.5 oz CÎROC Red Berry
.75 oz lime juice
.5 oz simple syrup
5 basil leaves
1 piece of jalapeno
3 dashes celery bitters
Muddle basil, jalapeno, and celery bitters
Add simple syrup, lime juice, & CÎROC Red Berry
Pack with ice and give a long, hard shake
Double strain into old fashion glass with ice
Garnish with a basil leaf