1) Mount Gay + Club Soda: A perennial favorite among sailors everywhere, there is a ongoing argument as whether this drink originated using Club Soda or Tonic. James Bond preferred Club Soda and we do too - which allows the delicious Barbadian rum shine through. Over ice add 3 parts rum to a splash of soda, garnish with lime, and let the stress of the day melt away.
2) Rosé: Somehow the French kept this stuff a secret for decades. Now they're running out of it in the Hamptons. In August. Be sure to stock up this summer.
3) Mount Gay Southside: The Southside's history is long disputed. How does a cocktail born in Chicago speakeasies become the go-to summer drink at so many old-school country clubs? My guess - shady bartenders.
My preference is to use rum, but these can be made with gin or vodka instead. In a shaker with ice mix 2 ounces of rum with a 1/2 ounce of simple syrup, 4-5 mint leaves, and the juice of a lemon. If you're legit you'll include a half of an egg white in order to get the proper froth. Shake vigorously and top off with a splash of club soda. Top yourself off with our Toweling Blazer and you're in heaven.
4) Sooo...that's really all you need. If ain't Mount Gay or Rosé in the summer, you're doing something wrong.