Food + Drink

Maine Mixology

Summertime in coastal Kennebunkport calls for a breezy beverage while lounging in our outdoor courtyard, preferably after a day at the beach or out on the water. Some days we feel like a cracking open a beer, while others call for a cocktail. Lucky for you, we're sharing our recommendations for both. 

We've been doing some experimenting (ok, and some taste testing), and our current favorite concoction is a little bit of magic we like to call Purple Rain. Prince made the song a classic, and now this custom cocktail is destined to become a regular in your summer drink rotation.

Purple Rain

  • A shot and a half of vodka
  • 1/2 jigger of lavender simple syrup
  • Fresh lemonade
  • Fresh lavender sprigs or lemon wedges

To make the simple syrup, bring water and sugar to a boil and let it bubble for a few minutes until the sugar is blended. Add add fresh lavender sprigs, and let cool completely before refrigerating. It will thicken into a syrupy consistency as it cools. 

Mix vodka, lavender simple syrup, and lemonade together, and garnish with a sprig of fresh lavender or a lemon wedge. Cheers!

If it's a beer you crave, Maine is home to several notable breweries cranking out inventive varieties perfect for summer sipping. Consider this short list of our flavorful favorites a virtual bar crawl around our great state. Actually, that's not a bad idea...road trip, anyone?