I'm ready for Fall and everything that comes with it but I'm not necessarily ready for summer to be a thing of the past, if that makes sense. We went to a Red Sox game on Friday night, the first one we were able to get to this year and probably our last of the season. It was a hot and sticky night and we sipped cold beer and it just felt like summer. In the kitchen, I've made it a personal mission to enjoy every last tomato and ear of corn I can get my hands on before we slip into the thick of root vegetable season. I've also been trying to get a little more creative with how I use these summery ingredients. Fresh off of an interview that I did for Eater, where I met with the bar manager at Eastern Standard, I was so inspired by the cocktails that they are doing I decided to try my hand at some of my own libations. That's how this cocktail was born.
It's really pretty easy to pull together, with little hands-on time, and I was very happy with the results. I used my simple syrup to make a cocktail with what I had on hand at home and ended up with a vodka, club soda, some bitters, and a lime. Served over ice, it was refreshing and sweet with a nod to summer and corn. This recipe made a ton and I can't wait to try it with some other spirits. Perfect for these last days of summer.
Summer Corn Simple Syrup
4 ears of corn, husked
Pinch of Salt
Remove corn kernels from the cob using a knife. Break the cobs in half using your hands or a knife. Add the cobs to a pot and add a pinch of salt. Mash up the corn kernels with a potato masher and add them to the pot. Add just enough water to the pot to cover the cobs and kernels. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to simmer. Continue to simmer for 45 minutes to an hour and remove cobs from pot. Let the mixture cool a bit and then place in a blender. Puree for a couple of seconds, just until the corn breaks down. Strain the mixture with a fine mesh strainer. Measure out the liquid and return it to a clean pot. Add in half of the amount of sugar as there is liquid. For example, I was left with 3 cups of liquid so I added 1 1/2 cups of sugar. Heat the liquid just until the sugar dissolves. Set aside to cool before placing in a squeeze bottle or other container. Will keep in the refrigerator for about 1 week.