If You Can Get Joy Out of This, Life Isn’t So Bad

Each time I visit one of the five Shake Shack locations in New York City, I get an anxious feeling. It is a much different feeling than when I go to Chipotle or, dare I say it, McDonald’s (not that I have set foot in one in years). Why? It’s just a hamburger. It’s just a hot dog. Big deal, right? Why does this particular fast food restaurant attract mobs of people like some sort of tourist attraction?

McDonald’s has saturated planet Earth with mediocre food and substances that could be categorized as something other than whole food. It takes a special talent to open a fast food joint that attracts tourists.

So what exactly makes Shake Shake a fast food joint that has brought so many seasoned food writers to their knees?

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Cocktail O’Clock: Breaking The Law

August is known for vacations. For hot, lazy days. And honestly, there’s really nothing better to do than get into some trouble. It’s fine. August is meant for mistakes.

Try this criminal cocktail from The Summit Bar in New York City.

Breaking The Law

1 oz Don Amado Reposado Mezcal
1 oz Dimmi Italian Cordial
3/4 oz Chipotle Agave
3/4 oz Fresh Lime Juice
Seltzer
Lime Zest for Garnish

Method:
Muddle cucumber slice with orange bitters in a Collins (tall) glass. Using cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake spirits and lime juice, and strain into serving glass. Top with soda, and garnish with fresh lime zest.

Find more summer-y cocktail ideas in Endless Cocktails.

(Photo: Summit Bar)

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