During the summer it's easy to go for the quick and easy margarita, mojito, or daiquiri but for a sweet, but not too sweet, change try a Blueberry Cosmo at Barristers Restaurant on Main Street in Southampton. This surprisingly refreshing concoction is a mix of Stoli Blueberry Vodka, Triple Sec, and a splash of cranberry and lime juices. Buy it by the glass for dinner or by the pitcher for a party. It's sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Other fun cocktails on the menu include a Reggae Sunsplash (Bacardi Light Rum, Peach Schnapps, and cranberry and pineapple juice), the Strawberry Colada, and a Volcano (Southern Comfort, Vodka, Amaretto, pineapple and orange juice, and a splash of grenadine).
With this delicious Blueberry Cosmo I enjoyed lunch one afternoon with owner Michael Ferran in the outdoor back patio dining room. On a breezy summer day this space is a delight with natural light and side-street people watching. He said that the Memorial Day rush seemed as if, “a cargo ship unloaded at the end of the street." The crowd was a “mix of Europeans" he noted who were enjoying the exchange rate of the Euro and shopping like mad all over town.
We talked about the delicious menu available for lunch and dinner year-round here at Barristers. While Michael loves the BLT, he gives credit to the vegetable melt and calamari as close seconds. One of my favorites, the grilled peach salad will be back when local peaches come back in season at the end of the summer.
What to drink? He prefers wines instead of mixed drinks especially the Le Crema Chardonnay from California. All the wines on the list here are chosen by taste as well as ratings and he likes to keep the prices reasonable. Remember - a wine doesn't need a huge price tag to be good.
Barristers Restaurant is known for its friendly, welcoming atmosphere that keeps people coming back week after week, year after year. Another thing that keeps them coming back are the burgers, made from freshly ground meat from Catena's Market every day, which some say are the best in town. Michael laughs, “I love the burgers when I'm not eating the BLT's."