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I know half the country was covered in snow this past weekend. Not Austin. 75 and sunny as hell Saturday. Perfect.
Sunday was even nicer. Light breeze and not a cloud in the sky.
The One Beer Buzz movement is sweeping the country, and rightfully so. But your humble podcast producer would like to propose a new trend: the weak cocktail.
Summer approaches, and with it come cook-outs, pool parties, and day-long ragers. Now is the time to dial in your approach for the sunny days to come. My suggestion: get a 30-ounce Yeti Rambler, fill that mother all the way to the top with ice. Get some citrus and sparkling water out of the fridge and assemble your weak-ass cocktail. I’m a fan of a weak Campari and soda.
Start with the iced-up Yeti. Pour in a few glugs of Campari. Top that with enough soda water to fill the big cup. This weekend that was a full can of LaCroix. Peel a big piece of orange rind, toss it in there and stir with a clean finger. Boom. Your low-alcohol, all-day sipper is ready.
Let’s say you don’t have a bottle Campari laying around (you should tho). A glug or two of vodka or gin will work just as well. Squeeze half a lime or lemon and you’re good to go.
This cocktail works great poolside — get a base and a mellow buzz at the same time. Sip one all afternoon while tending to a couple racks of ribs. When the meat is ready, you’ll be hungry and hydrated as opposed to your BBQ buddy who’s bloated and tired after drinking beer for six hours. Hell, use it to take the edge off while you publicly fight with your significant other while out on an afternoon stroll.
The weak cocktail is best utilized on Sundays. Fill that big boy up and enjoy a mid-afternoon golf nap. Leave the second half of it at home and run to the store. The Sunday grocery run is a lot less stressful with the edge off. And since you only poured a shot or two to begin with, the sobriety needed to operate heavy machinery should still be intact. Plus, as the ice slowly melts, your drink adds liquid volume, tastes better and is more refreshing.
Come home and do some laundry. Start some meal planning. Sit down and watch some old episodes of Bar Rescue. Put the laundry in the dryer. Light a scented candle and relax. Change your sheets and put away your clean underwear. By now, your cocktail will be on its last legs. Fill it back up with ice and still water, hop in the shower and forget about the Sunday Scaries. The weak cocktail is the answer. .