Memorial Day has just unofficially ushered in the start of summer. To celebrate, we've rounded up some incredible new cocktails that serve up the essence of summer in a glass. Each recipe is filled with the bright colors of just-picked fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers. Linger over these delicious concoctions during summer's long steamy days and nights.
Le Moribond at Blood and Sand (1500 Saint Charles Street; 314-241-7263)
The "Le Moribond" cocktail at Blood and Sand is bright and floral with fresh blackberry puree, juniper-flavored Bol's Genever, lime juice and a garden herb syrup. Egg whites and chocolate and burlesque bitters add a delicate note, while ground Korean chili and Sichuan pepper create an effervescent sensation on the tongue with a lightly smoky aroma.
Death in the Afternoon's Super Good Advice (808 Chestnut Street; 314-621-3236)
The "Super Good Advice" cocktail at Death in the Afternoon is refreshing and bubbly. Fresh dill and citrusy lemon pair well with the earthy Milagro reposado tequila. Black pepper-infused simple syrup adds a playful kick, while a sparkling cava topper balances all of the flavors beautifully.
The Blooming Beatnik at Planter's House (1000 Mississippi Avenue; 314-696-2603)
The beet-infused "Blooming Beatnik" cocktail at Planter's House was inspired by the heady flavor combination of the South American brandy Pisco Porton with fresh mint and roasted beet syrup. North Shore No. 6 Gin, Velvet Falernum, fresh lemon and spring bitters compliment and round out the profile.
The Summer Spritz at Niche (7734 Forsyth Boulevard; 314-773-7755)
Niche's "Summer Spritz" combines Dolin Blanc vermouth for soft bitterness, St. George Pear Brandy for a layer of orchard fruit and intense aromatics, and a house-made honey vinegar for a hint of sweet smoothness and crisp cleansing acidity. A topper of club soda adds refreshing bubbles, while a garnish of dried red buds offer a pop of color.
The Bailey at Olio (1634 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-1088)
"The Bailey" cocktail, now on the menu at Olio, graced the hands of Ernest Hemingway during his 1920s expatriate days while in the company of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso and Dorothy Parker on the French Riviera. With simple ingredients of dry gin, fresh squeezed lime and grapefruit juice, mint from the garden, and the stingiest amount of sugar, this cocktail is a classic cure for hot summers in St. Louis.
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The Good Pie's Moll's Cup No. 3 (6665 Delmar Boulevard; 314-899-9221)
The "Moll's Cup No. 3" from veteran bartender Jeffrey Moll at The Good Pie features bourbon mixed with house-made and bottled carbonated fruit cup liqueur soda, garnished with just-picked fresh fruit and cucumber slices.
Small Batch's Snap & Tickle (3001 Locust Street; 314-380-2040)
The "Snap & Tickle" cocktail from Small Batch was inspired by the fresh produce grown at the urban farm owned by Baileys' Restaurants. Pinckney Bend gin is mixed with snap pea vermouth, St. Germain elderflower liquor, strawberries and lemon juice, then garnished with fresh snap peas.
Element's Spicy Ramón (1419 Carroll Street; 314-241-1674)
The "Spicy Ramón" cocktail at Element was inspired by the perpetual summer in California. Stiletto Vodka is infused with hand-muddled green peppers and jalapeños to wake up your taste buds. Watermelon juice provides a gentle sweetness while blueberries add color and antioxidants (it's healthy!). Triple sec and lime juice add brightness. A chili powder-salted rim adds a touch more spice, enhances the sweetness of the watermelon and helps the tongue absorb all of the flavors.
The Belgian Shandy at Herbie's Vintage 72 The "Belgian Shandy" at Herbie's Vintage 72 is a twist on a classic summer shandy. Hoegaarden beer is combined with spicy Goslings Dark Rum, Pimms Blackberry Elderflower liquor, lime juice, simple syrup and ginger ale. It is then garnished with a lime.
Tree House's Juicy Shrub (3177 South Grand Boulevard; 314-696-2100)
The "Juicy Shrub" at Tree House contrasts sweet flavors with bright, briny bitterness and hints of celery and apples. Guava juice is combined with Pisco Capel (Chilean Moscatel grape liqueur), Plantation 3 Star Artisanal Rum (distilled in Jamaica, Barbados, and Trinidad) and celery shrub. It's then garnished with a celery leaf and fresh strawberry.