Sometimes an icy alcoholic beverage is the only remedy for the sticky, sweaty, late-summer blues. But what to pour? Rum and cokes? They're so freshman year. Gin and tonics? Sophisticated, but a snooze. Summertime needs some new classics -- and we need your help. Send Salon your favorite warm-weather drink recipes by cocktail hour on Friday, Aug. 10, and next week we'll select the top contenders, assemble a panel of discerning drinkers to sample them, and declare the winners.
To enter: Submissions must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and should include both a recipe and an introductory paragraph describing the drink's origins or inspirations, suggested food pairings, and most important, how many is too many. All cocktails will be evaluated within the following four categories: gin, vodka, rum and other. (Go wild!)
Recipes and photos of the winning cocktails in each category will be featured on Salon, and one grand prize winner will also receive a copy of "The Backyard Bartender: 55 Cool Summer Cocktails," by Nicole Aloni.
So, readers, start mixing -- and cheers!