Monday, April 26, 2021

Dr. Heidi Osselaer hosts History Convention Happy Hour

In case you missed the April 23 Happy Hour, the Arizona History Convention's signature cocktail called "The Summerhayes" was featured. Here's the recipe demonstrated by Dr. Heidi Osselaer and her husband wearing Historical League Old Ned aprons. Cheers! This cocktail is derived from the 1885 rum punch recipe belonging to Martha Summerhayes, discovered by Perri Pyle in the Arizona Historical Society's collection. During Happy Hour we demonstrated how to make a modern version of this refreshing beverage that we call "The Summerhayes," although after a couple, you might call it "The Summer Haze." Here's the recipe for the modern version. The Summerhayes (makes two cocktails) 4 oz rum 1 green tea bag 2 oz lemon juice (juice of one lemon) 1 oz simple syrup splash of champagne (optional, but Martha says it's an improvement) Heat the rum in the microwave or stovetop until hot, but not boiling. Steep with one green tea bag for an hour or longer. Pour infused rum into a shaker and add the lemon juice, simple syrup, and ice. Shake well, pour over ice into two glasses. Top with a splash of champagne if you are using. Arizona Historical Society