There’s nothing more refreshing than a crisp cocktail during the heat of the summer. Luckily for us, the buzz around Richmond’s cocktail scene lives up to its name, 100%. Find yourself in any of the local neighborhoods and you’re sure to find at least one, if not several, well-acclaimed craft cocktail bars worth ducking into for a drink or two. We ventured into historic Oregon Hill to pay a visit to our friends at L’Opossum for their top picks this season. Porch sippers, crowd-pleasers — call them what you will. These cocktails are sure to impress and cool you off after a hard day’s work or play. Wins all around!
1 ea. Lemon and Orange wedge
.5 oz. St. Germain
Muddle these ingredients, then add
2 oz. Belle Isle Honey Habanero Moonshine
1 oz. Ginjo Sake
Shake well. Strain into port wine glass rimmed with sugar.
4 oz. Strawberry White Balsamic Puree
1.75 oz. Cucumber Vodka
1 ea. Juice of Lemon wedge
Shake well strain over ice into a Collins glass. Top off with San Pellegrino Pompelmo Soda.
1 ea. Lemon and Lime wedge
4 ea. Maraschino cherries
.5 oz. Luxardo
Muddle, then add
1.75 oz. Aviation Gin
.5 oz. Dolin Blanc Vermouth
Add ice and shake. Serve in a Collins glass (saran wrapped for the full Twin Peaks effect, if you so choose!)
Shiny Blue Ball
.75 oz. Belle Isle Moonshine
.75 oz. Vodka
.75 oz. Gin
.75 oz. Tequila
1.50 oz. House sour mix
Splash of RC cola
Pour over ice in a blue ball glass
Three cheers for Todd Richardson, Bartender William Seidensticker (pictured above), Chef David Shannon (who you may recognize as a 2016 James Beard Semi-Finalist for Best Chefs in America, Mid-Atlantic region) and the entire crew at L’Opossum for opening up their incredible bar to us on a sweltering day, and of course, for supplying such incredible drink recipes. With menu items like “Fabergé Egg Bèdazzled with Caviar,” “Ahi #1 On The Orient Express with Excess Baggage” and “Swanky Mac is Back,” the overall experience at L’Opossum alone is worth a weekend getaway to our hometown. Hopefully whipping these delicious drinks up at home is enough to hold you over until you have the chance to experience the magic of L’Opossum itself!
Photography by Kate Thompson of Betty Clicker Photography.