Sunburn Club


Last Sunday, a few friends of mine and I spent the entire day shooting an Editorial on a rooftop in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. I’ve worked on many photoshoots before but this was my first time doing Cocktail Styling on a shoot! Yes! I was pumped!

It was a very sunny day and the EVERY INCH of the roof was painted with a reflective metallic coating of paint. We tried, oh how we tried not to get burned! Five layers of sunscreen, parasols, covering ourselves with bandanas, and standing in the shade notwithstanding, we were all pretty badly burned by the end of the day. So we poor, sad, sweat-soaked people became, #SunburnClub.


After getting home, taking the coldest shower ever, and relaxing for a hot second, I made this drink. May the fabulousness of Sunburn Club shine brightly for a thousand summer days! Or at least until my burn turns into a nice tan.


Sunburn Club

  • 2 oz Berkshire Mountain Distillery Ethereal Gin Batch 9
  • 1/2 oz Aperol
  • 2 1/2 oz Red Grapefruit Juice
  • 1-2 barspoons 18.21 Bitters Lavender & Sea Salt Syrup*
  • 2 dashes Regans’ Orange Bitters
  • Soda Water
  • Garnish: Grapefruit Peel Rose speared by a Blue Umbrella

Combine ingredients over ice and short shake. Strain into Collins glass over ice, add Soda Water, and garnish.

*The deal with the 1-2 barspoons of Lavender & Sea Salt Syrup is that you should add 1 barspoon and taste. If it’s sweet/salty enough, that’s all you need. If not, add 1 more but be warned, this is potent stuff!


Here’s to summer! Cheers!


4 thoughts on “Sunburn Club

  1. I too am suffering from a ferocious sunburn from Utah outdoor vacation and working outdoors every day to boot, this sounds delicious, and I may have to make it or some variant this weekend. Really though, just wanted to ask, liquor store across the street from this week’s work hotel has some great gin deals ($27 for a fifth of Plymouth!) . . . do you have any opinion on whether I should pick up first Martin Miller Welbourne Strength or Junipero?


    • Well, I think it’s really about what you’re going for. The Martin Miller is a higher proof Gin and would be fun to play around with in terms of high octane cocktails whilst the Junipero is super Juniper-y and fragrant. So it’s really about how you want to work with these Gins. Hope whichever one you pick is tasty!


  2. Got the junipero (which it turns out is high proof – 98ish – as well in addition to having such a huge juniper (and other) nose, and it is delightful. We’re gonna be up here every week for some time to comes, so the martin miller’s . . . and maybe the bluecoat barrel aged will get purchased before the project is over I suspect. ____Cheers


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