The only summer cocktail recipe you’ll ever need

By David | June 25, 2013 | Drink, Recipe

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Readers of our first issue may have deduced something about the cocktail preferences at Middlewest: We like them simple. When we were developing The Breakfast Club (the lone cocktail recipe in Middlewest No. 1), we specifically made it with three ingredients, and that number–give or take a few–continues to feel right.

The One + Only is a little more complicated than The Breakfast Club–it requires making a flavored simple syrup–but it clocks in at four components, each of which can be varied to suit whatever’s on hand. These components are: 1. An herb syrup. 2. Fruit. 3. Lime juice. 4. Booze. It is, we think, the only cocktail recipe you need for summer. Which is why we called it the One + Only.

Here’s how it works:

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Middlewest No. 1 + A preview

By Erica | April 5, 2013 | Issue Preview

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Middlewest No. 1, 10 Recipes For Spring, gets shipped next week. In other words, the thing is finally finished.

As the title suggests, our premiere issue features 10 full-color, double-sided recipe cards, each one treated with a protective coating that resists things like olive oil and tomato sauce. Also included is a copy of our literary supplement, which is where we publish essays, articles and photographs. All of this comes in a sturdy resealable envelope. Here’s a photo:

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Photos by: Erica Gannett

Some of the recipes included in the first issue:

Pea Påté
Carrot-cumin soup with parsley oil
Lamb hand pies
Spaghetti with asparagus-pistachio pesto
Lemon-almond tart
Strawberry-basil icebox cake

The authors we are proud to publish in our literary supplement:

Rumaan Alam
Mark Gindi
Emma Straub

Middlewest No. 1 is available right here, in our store.

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