Simple mocktails, cocktails and drinks that stay cold in our stoneware
Jamie Niessen·October 29, 2021
Summer is easy living in PEI. We relax on our deck, at one of our favourite beaches or just hang in the backyard. It comes with long sunny days and glorious evenings that are perfect for a picnic, barbeque or lobster and corn roast with friends and family. Our gatherings always include some type of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage. Maybe it’s our relaxed island lifestyle but we’re “over” the complex cocktail concoctions that use egg white and multiple hard-to-find ingredients and spirits. We prefer simple throw together drinks that take just a few minutes to prepare.
Before buying Island Stoneware, we thought pottery mugs and bowls were only for warm cozy nights. But we quickly discovered stoneware is perfect for hot summer days where it keeps drinks cold and ice from melting. Apparently, the same insulation qualities that keep food hot also keeps drinks cold—magical pottery alchemy! So now our freezer always contains a few of our steins, tumblers, cups, and schooners for those moments when friends pull up and we want to indulge in a cool one.
Here are a few of our favourite simple two-minute drink recipes that use PEI craft beer and local spirits. Feel free to substitute with whatever is local to you.
Bring rhubarb, sugar, and water to a gentle boil in a heavy sauce pan. Mix until all the sugar dissolves (about 2-3 minutes) and turn off heat. Let mixture steep for an hour. Press mixture through a metal strainer (cheesecloth also works). Pour liquid into a jar and add ½ cup of the remaining solids to the jar and chill. The leftover rhubarb solids are great over pancakes or ice cream.
Combine lime slices and rhubarb syrup in a chilled pitcher. Give ingredients a quick muddle. Add sparkling water or soda and top with ice. Mix and garnish each tumbler with a rhubarb stalk dipped in sugar.
Combine as squash recipe above and add 1.5 oz of vodka and 0.5 oz of Campari to each glass.
*The Rhubarb Syrup will keep for a week in the fridge.