The Shuteye Nightcap: For Smokey, Summer Nights

By Alyse Borkan  |  Jun 26, 2015
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Casper Nightcaps are the perfect way to end the day. A few splashes of this and few stirs of that. Before you know it, you’ll be sipping your way to sleep. Cheers to booze and snooze.


With barbecue season in full swing, any excuse to throw an outdoor party is valid. Who needs a long weekend to celebrate the summer? This is the season for grill marks and tanlines. By the time the sun blazes into an Instagram-worthy sunset, the scent of smoke and citronella candles mix with the chirp of crickets. But the heat won’t abate.

Do you crack open an ice cold beer? No — sometimes even a frosty bottle of beer with its requisite pinwheel of lime can feel too heavy for this humidity. We suggest you head into the air conditioned kitchen to create a boozy concoction that will cool down the warm nights. The Shuteye showcases the best of summer — a pang of tart citrus, a hit of spicy ginger, and the fresh scent of basil. Don’t scoff at the vodka. Go on, add an extra glug. Pull out those two copper cups you stole from the bar last year and let them frost over. This fresh, herby riff on a Moscow Mule will go nicely with that aloe vera you plan on slathering on later.

The Shuteye Cocktail
  • Lightly muddle 4-5 basil leaves.
  • Add 2 oz Vodka, 3/4 oz ginger syrup and fresh lime juice, and 1/4 oz Green Chartreuse.
  • Combine all ingredients in a mixing tin, add ice and shake briefly, but vigorously.
  • Strain into a copper mug filled with fresh ice.
  • Top with 1 1/2 oz club soda.
  • Garnish with basil sprig and lime wedge.
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