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Summer Cocktail Trends from Marcia Selden Catering

Summer has (finally!) arrived and it’s time to break out the patio furniture, mix up some drinks and invite friends to join in some fun!  Here are some of the hottest trends in summer beverages that Marcia Selden Catering is  offering.

(pronounced “oo-mommy”) While the term may be new to us, it’s not new to the Japanese, who have used it to describe this “savory” or “meaty” taste since the early 1900’s.  Its literal translation of the Japanese term means “pleasant, savory taste”, but we like to think of it as the flavor of meat over an open flame, but different from a straight salty taste.

Savory cocktails have been on the rise and Umami has been trending on the food scene. Why not add this savory “fifth taste” to your next cocktail? Pick up some Umami salt to rim your next bacon infused bourbon here.

Bacon Infused Bourbon

  • 1 lb. thick cut maple smoked bacon
  • 2 Tbs. brown sugar
  • 1/3 C. rendered bacon fat
  • 3 C. of bourbon

Preheat oven to 425.  Lay bacon on a baking sheet and sprinkle with brown sugar, cook until crisp and reserve the rendered fat. Add 1/3 cup of hot fat to a jar and fill with bourbon. Seal and allow to stand until it reaches room temperature. Place the jar in the freezer for 24 hours. The fat will solidify but the bourbon will remain in a liquid state. Open the jar and pour off the bourbon, straining through a coffee filter or cheesecloth to remove any loose fat particles.

Bacon Umami Bourbon Smash

  • 2 oz. bacon-infused bourbon
  • .25 oz Grade B Maple Syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 slice cooked maple coated bacon
  • Umami salt

Rim each glass with umami salt and set aside.  In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and combine all the ingredients except bacon and umami. Shake, then strain into a tumbler glass filled with a couple ice cubes. Garnish with 1 piece of bacon and enjoy this bacony, boozey goodness. 

Pressed juices.RIPE
Ripe Bar Juice out of New Haven offers the absolute freshest cold pressed juices around. Our two favorites are the Agave margarita bar juice and the punch bar juice.  These two juices are and a fantastic base for so many cocktails, look at their website for other options.  Here our sparkling Ginger Punch Runner recipe perfect for a beach picnic with friends.

  • 2 parts Ripe Punch Bar Juice
  • 1 part ginger beer
  • Splash of pomegranate juice
  • Ice cubes- pomegranate juice slices of fresh ginger and pomegranate seeds.

Flavored Ice Cubes Gone are the days of the boring ice cube, diluting our beverages.  Think of adding fresh slices of ginger, muddled blueberries, lemon zest, cumin, basil leaves, even small cubes of watermelon!  Check out these fun Titanic ice cube trays.

Jello Shots scream summer fun in our book.  Kick it up a notch from those college days and try some of our grown up jello shots.