I have to admit that while this month's topic is apparently about beer I am not sure that I am about beer in relation to this topic. Because when it is stinking hot, I do not crave beer. Let's be frank. Real beer is good for up to about 25ºC. Over that your need cold light beer to about 29ºC but then the arse it out of it. You need to move to the clinky clinky. Cocktails. Admit it. And there are certain mixed drinks on ice that I have moved to over time:
→ Pernod and water - blame my Hemingway years. Drank it in the 80s. The problem with this drink is you wonder how much licorice one man can take. Upside? Takes a little orange peel very nicely.
→ Gin and tonic - I used to relapse into a days of the raj mood once in a while in the 90s. Came by it honestly with a Sgt Major posted in India in my gene pool. Not that he was of the gin on the lawn class so much as the shouty a lot class.
→ Cinzano and soda - I moved to this at some point after Polish vodka was banned from the freezer as it is lighter and you can drink buckets. The problem with this drink is you pee a lot. Upside? Cheap yet tasty.
→ Manhattans and Mint Juleps - Recently, Lew implicitly goaded me into getting into bourbon and the mixed drinks followed. Trouble is, unlike gin, the given bourbon makes a huge difference. And I started with the one I like best, Woodford Reserve. That's the downside. Because it's hard to find here. Upside? Yum.
There - that's it. I will hunt out a weisse bier like Weihenstephaner and fill hours under the mid-day sun in its thrall. And I will load up on Miller High Life at a ballgame when it is stinking hot given half the chance. But when it is my backyard and it is 34ºC or over... I need ice and something that goes with it. A drink with a clink.