What you're drinking: the Grapefruit Sunrise at Rattlesnake Creek Distillers 

Where you're drinking: With this crazy hot weather? Hopefully inside, in the dark, with the air conditioning on full blast. But I know not everyone's the cold-blooded snow worshipper I am, so I'll suggest the patio at Rattlesnake Creek Distillers as a prime place to catch some rays. There's an outdoor speaker, too, along with plenty of umbrellas, making for a shady, tune-filled weekend hangout.

What you're drinking: Finding a summery cocktail is about as difficult as finding trans fats in a Carl's Jr.'s breakfast biscuit. Finding a good summery cocktail, on the other hand, takes a bit more pluck. Unless you're browsing the list at Rattlesnake Creek. A few weeks back, the distillery rolled out a recipe called the Grapefruit Sunrise that's equal parts tangy, crisp and delicious. Your tastebuds will try to tell you it's a fizzy La Croix-style treat (read: non-alcoholic). Don't listen.

click to enlarge PHOTO BY ALEX SAKARIASSEN
  • photo by Alex Sakariassen

What's in it: Rattlesnake Creek mixes its flagship Circle Square vodka with fresh grapefruit juice squeezed in-house, then tames the bitterness with some simple syrup and a splash of blood orange soda. Add a half a lemon and the summer's off to a pretty dang good start.

What does the distillery have to say? Co-owner Dan Hogan likes to think of Rattlesnake Creek's menu as something of a spectrum. On one end, he says, you've got "island-style" drinks, and on the other you have classics like the Old Fashioned. The distillery tries to aim for balance, Hogan adds. Super-sweet drinks have a "harshness" that just "doesn't go down as well." He slots the Grapefruit Sunrise closer to the island-style side of things as a cocktail that "plays into our commitment to very fresh ingredients."

Where to get it: The Grapefruit Sunrise is available for $7 at Rattlesnake Creek Distillers, 128 W. Alder St. If you're heading there with friends, remember the Sunday buy-one-get-one-half-off special.

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