With summer in high gear, drinks should be fun and refreshing. Here are a few that top my list:
For a new entry in cocktails, I choose Ranch Water, which started in Texas (a bottle of tequila poured into a cooler and filled with Topo Chico mineral water and a heavy dose of sliced citrus). For individual servings, fill a glass with ice, add 1.5 oz. of quality tequila and fill to the top with sparkling mineral water. Add a squeeze of grapefruit, and enjoy!
For beer lovers, Black Stack Local 755 IPA out of St. Paul tops my list. It is crisp and zesty with big flavors. If you are looking for something refreshing with no alcohol, I strongly recommend zero alcohol beer from Minneapolis’ Hairless Dog.
John F. Farrell III is vice president of sales and merchandising with Haskell’s The Wine People. Find more at Hasksell's.