Don’t Sweat It
Quaff a cold one from local drink makers
Hop Farm Brewing Co.
Lawrenceville’s Hop Farm Brewing Company (hopfarmbrewingco.com) gets creative with its beers, barrel-infusing local and regional fruits into them. Michigan cherries bring a bright tang to their Cherry Bomb brew. Cranberries yield up a special tartness to Cranhattan. Both are picnic-perfect for grown ups.
Red Ribbon sodas
Vito Gerasole’s Red Ribbon sodas (natronabottling.com) satisfy the thirst of the young-uns with crisp bubbles and truly delicious flavors. Cherry, Vanilla Cream Soda, and Cola are on the sweeter side. Bitter Lemon is a beautifully balanced mixer – and good on its own, too. Hot, Hot, Hot Ginger Beer, delicious with any grilled food, lives up to its name.
Kingfly limoncello (kingflyspirits.com) is delicious after dinner, but it also makes a kick-butt lemonade. Mix equal parts limoncello, Rose’s Lime Juice, and fresh lemon juice. Dilute with water to taste. Chill overnight with a ton of fresh thyme. Find a hiding place because you will not want to share! >> More on Kingfly's limoncello on page 28.