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Thursday, July 16, 2009

A Refreshing Summer Drink: The Liberator

A friend made this drink for us one hot night many Julys ago. He dubbed it the "Liberator," and whenever the humidity and temperature hit the 90/90 mark, we liberate ourselves by mixing up a few. 

It couldn't be much easier. Squeeze half of a juicy lime into the bottom of a large cocktail glass. Add about a teaspoon of sugar, and stir to mix. Fill the glass with ice and add one to one and a half ounces of rum, depending on the degree of liberation you wish to attain.  Top it off with tonic water, and garnish with a wedge of lime.

If you like your drinks a little tart, like Tim does, use a whole lime's worth of juice. If you like your drinks a little sweeter, like Ruth does, put in two teaspoons of sugar.

On that muggy night many years ago, our friend used a couple of tablespoons of frozen lime juice instead of fresh, and that worked fine too. 

Enjoy on the deck with friends, pets, snacks, and bug spray.


  1. Try a caipirihna - it is basically the same drink but with cachaca (kah-shah-suh) instead of rum and no tonic. Equally tasty I am sure. Nice drink!

  2. My summer drink, courtesy of Laurie:
    In a tall glass of ice, slowly pour tonic water or soda a little over halfway up the glass. Then 'float' a Tablespoon of simple syrup and another Tablespoon of lime juice. Slowly top with red wine of your choosing. If you poured carefully, it should be two-toned. Serve with a straw to blend. -Sandy