At The Southern C Summit, we had the honor of pre-releasing Brian Hart Hoffman’s book, The Coupe: Celebrating Craft Cocktails and Vintage Collections, a stunning ode to the coupe glass filled with craft cocktail recipes from some of the world’s best bars and restaurants. Whatever your poison–tequila, whiskey, gin, rum, vodka or even chocolate (turtle brownies in a coupe glass!)–he’s got a recipe and a coupe glass to go with it.
The cherry on top is that the photography is stellar. It is a must for every entertainer and will be my go-to hostess gift this summer, as well as a staple on my own bar cart. I foresee flavored simple syrups and spiraling citrus garnishments in my cocktail offerings very soon…
This gorgeous book is officially being released on June 1, just in time for summer porch sippin’ and longer, lazier days (you can order your copy here!). In celebration, Brian is sharing the recipe for his signature drink, “Alabama Summer”, with us. Cheers to Brian and to enjoying #thecoupelife this summer and beyond!
makes 1 serving
3 ounces fresh watermelon juice
1 1/2 ounces Tito’s Handmade Vodka
1/2 to 3/4 ounce Campari
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1 to 2 ounces chilled sparkling water
Garnish: sliced watermelon
In a cocktail shaker, fill with ice, add watermelon juice, vodka, Campari, and lime juice. Shake to combine, and strain into a coupe glass. Top with sparkling water, and garnish with a watermelon slice if desired.
For my Georgia BULLDAWGS in Athens, I know an Alabama Summer isn’t a good sell for this book so just letting you know, there is also great recipe included called the DAWG GONE’T from bartender John Evans of Birds & Bubbles, a New York restaurant featuring elevated Southern food and fried chicken paired with a long list of bubbles.
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