Michael Cecconi is the former mixologist at New York’s Back Forty
; he's currently the head bartender at San Francisco's Two Sisters Bar and Books
, and teaches at the Institute of Culinary Education
. Here he shares a quick summertime drink idea, called a Scotch Blossom: 2 ounces of Scotch, 1 ounce of honey simple syrup, 1 ounce of lime juice, 4 to 8 mint leaves, and ice. Shake vigorously, add soda water, and enjoy.