It’s Pride month, and I can’t imagine a better way to celebrate than getting trashed on the most colorful cocktail special in the Short North. Harvey & Ed’s Afternoon Schmooze is as sweet and fresh as the summer air, and as vivacious as the Pride Parade itself. Crafted with fresh strawberry preserves and topped off with rosé, this drink is redder than the sun burns you will inevitably incur during the litany of local Pride festivities. Even more attention-grabbing is this cocktail’s flashy garnish. A rainbow Airhead sour strip resembling the Pride flag hangs off the side of the glass for an added level of pizazz. Make no mistake, one of Cameron Mitchell’s newest hit restaurants on High Street isn’t just selling you a glorified glass of rosé for $10. The Afternoon Schmooze brings out the big guns as well, with splashes of Columbus’s own Watershed Vodka as well as Plymouth Sloe Gin. The house-made salted lemon cordial incorporates a final accent of sweet and sour zest to make the cocktail complete. Sure, you could have a mimosa, spritzer or another cocktail on Harvey & Ed’s daily 3-6 p.m. Happy Hour menu, but why not switch it up with a drink that boasts the most Pride on the block? I’d recommend heading to 698 N High St. on a Sunday for the all-day brunch menu, and while you’re there, pair your Harvey’s Breakfast Platter with this fun drink special.
Platform Beer Co. – Becky
As the summer kicks off, I was looking to put down the hoppy IPAs and heavy stouts that kept me feeling warm and fuzzy during the frigid winter months. What could provide the fresh, fruity flavors of summer without sacrificing alcohol content? I found the perfect marriage of the two with Platform Beer Company’s Becky Blueberry Apple Ale. Light and refreshing, the blueberry and apple notes in this Cleveland-based brewery’s elixir are altogether sweet without overpowering the tongue. You could definitely drink more than one of these without feeling like you’ve burned a cavity into your teeth. Plus, it’ll only take a few of these suckers to have you in tuned with your giddiest summer self, as Becky packs a surprising punch with a 6.5% ABV. Not only is it a tasty local cider harder than most of its mainstream contemporaries, this beer is gluten free! Who would we be at 1870 not to protect all our readers, no matter how gluten sensitive? If you’re a fan of Rhinegeist Bubbles, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, or Redd’s Apple Ale, Platform’s Becky is a local option that’s right up your alley, and might just end up being your favorite of the lot. Head on down to Platform’s Columbus taproom at 408 N 6th St. before the summer’s over to get yourself a glass.
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