Thank you so much to everyone who came out last night in that crummy weather to celebrate beau monde's first summer kickoff party! For everyone who couldn't make it I still want to share the super tasty cocktail that we featured last night. Now that we have a nice sunny afternoon this is the perfect drink to sip for happy hour. I was inspired by the Archipelago Candle that we stock called Lanai. Its a combination of pineapple and ginger and basically smells like summer in a tin, so we chose a simple mixture of pineapple vodka and ginger beer. We started with Delaware Distilling Company's vodka which is smooth and works great for infusing with any number of flavors. Then you'll need to cut up one whole pineapple into one inch cubes. The infusion process for pineapple is actually really quick so you only need about half and hour before you can start sipping. Of course the longer you give it the stronger the pineapple flavor. Feel free to taste test along the way! When you are ready to make the cocktail fill a tumbler with ice and add the vodka to about halfway. Top off the drink with the ginger beer of your choice, your local grocery store should have a few choices. If you really want to take it up a notch you could pick up some Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer. Garnish by spearing some of that boozy pineapple onto a stick with some crystalized ginger. All thats left is to sit back in the sun and enjoy! Keep an eye on the tags "taste of summer" and "happy hour" for more recipes throughout the season.