Kudos Kravings: Refreshing drinks for the season

Superstition Meadery’s mead of the month is a hard apple cider called Vanilla Blueberry Spaceship Box.

Superstition Meadery’s mead of the month is a hard apple cider called Vanilla Blueberry Spaceship Box.

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Created by four local breweries for American Craft Beer Week (May 16 through 22), Agave Maria is a southwestern pale ale made with agave syrup and two types of hops.

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The Peacock Room at the Hassayampa Inn just started offering a Hemingway Daiquiri. It has a base of grapefruit liqueur, a bit of rum, a dash of simple syrup and is garnished with a lime.

Crisp. Brisk. Refreshing. These are the words for this season’s alcoholic drinks. And rightly so as the weather heats up.

Here are some being offered by establishments in the area you might want to try.

Agave Maria - Prescott Brewing Co., Granite Mountain Brewing, Lonesome Valley Brewing and Black Hole Beer Company

In celebration of American Craft Beer Week (May 16-22), four local brewing companies decided to collaborate for the first time to make a Southwestern pale ale.

After writing the recipe, the four breweries (Lonesome Valley Brewing, Prescott Brewing Co., Granite Mountain Brewing and Black Hole Beer Company) each had a hand in designing and brewing what they have called Agave Maria.

Made with organic blue agave nectar, the beer has a distinct sweetness, said Prescott Brewing Company owner Roxane Nielson.

Additionally, Chinook and Sorachi Ace hops lend a grapefruit and lemon flavor.

Black Hole Beer Company now brews only wholesale, but the other three breweries are all currently carrying the new beer on tap.

Nielson expects PBC’s portion of the brew to last about three or four weeks, but said “you can never tell how long a beer will last.”

Hemingway Daiquiri - The Peacock Room at the Hassayampa Inn

Perhaps this drink slipped its way into Ernest Hemingway’s notorious drinking habit.

The Hemingway Daiquiri has a base of grapefruit liqueur, a bit of rum, a dash of simple syrup and is garnished with a lime.

The $9 drink made such an impression following its unveiling at the start of May that the restaurant has now added it to its menu, said Amore Cianciola, Director of Catering and Special Events for the hotel’s restaurant.

“It’s so brisk and refreshing,” Cianciola said. “I easily had three of them on Mother’s Day.”

Vanilla Blueberry Spaceship Box - Superstition Meadery

Superstition’s mead of the month in not a mead at all. Rather, it’s a hard apple cider.

Vanilla Blueberry Spaceship Box is a twist on the establishments world-famous Blueberry Spaceship Box — currently the number one rated hard cider in the world, according to RateBeer.com.

The vanilla form of this carbonated alcoholic beverage is aged on Tahitian vanilla beans for a year. A five ounce glass goes for $6.50.

A server at the tap room described it as having “a really light, crisp, refreshing flavor that everyone loves.”

Seasonal gimlet - The Barley Hound

This month’s gimlet at The Barley Hound is made with pear and basil syrup.

Traditionally, a gimlet is either vodka or gin served with lime juice and simple syrup.

The Barley Hound makes its syrups in-house, calling them “shrubs.”

The owner, Skyler Reeves, said this $8 drink is “sweet, bright and acidic.”