Bar Boi: Shorts & S’mores

Editor’s note: Bar Boi is a new series on dapperQ created by our latest contributor, Seattle-based Mellina White Cusack. Bar Boi is a monthly piece that pairs a seasonal dapper outfit with a swag cocktail to match. Salud!

Summer is upon us! Weekend cabin trips and lighter, more playful fabrics are on the horizon. And this brings me to a hotly contested piece of clothing: shorts. There’s been a heated debate floating around the fashion blogs as of late; should shorts never leave the house, or is there an appropriate time and place to go bare with your legs? As often as I try to leave the house in pants only, the longer (and hotter) the days get, the more inclined I am to find shorts for the season. After scouring the internet and going from store to store diving into summer trends, it seems shorts can be a part of a fashionable mod ensemble.


The outfit: Hat, Goorin Bros.  Shirt and shorts, J. Crew. Belt, Tasso Elba.

There is a consensus on the do’s and don’ts of summer shorts. Here are four tips:

Length: The shorts length should land just above the knee. Anything shorter belongs on the tennis court. Longer and you may end up with “man-pris.” J. Crew offers a selection of lengths to suit a Dapper of any stature. Their current collection has shorts from 5″ to 10.5″ inseam length. I especially like their Japanese chambray.


Fabric:Jeans are out. And so are basketball shorts. Trunks only belong poolside. Go for chinos, cotton blends, chambray and linen, like this pair from H&M.


Cargo and Carpenter are not options: Keep the shorts straight and fitted, free of pleats, extra pockets and anything designed to hold a hand tool. (Check out Chubbies’ “Cargo Embargo.”) If you want to be a bit whimsical, try a fun pattern. These are fun nautical shorts from Brooks Brothers.


Dress is up with a blazer: Make your shorts ensemble “party ready” by adding a blazer. Seersucker and linen works best. Check out an excellent guide below from Fashion Beans.


The Woodland S’more 
(Photography by Hannah Ludlow)
Nothing expresses the essentials of summer like the aroma of a s’more roasting over a camp fire. The warm, melted chocolate over a freshly torched marshmallow completed with a crunchy graham cracker- there is nothing better. I worked on this cocktail to capture the joy of a s’more in a boozy form. Behold, the Woodland S’more.


1 scoop Chocolate Ice Cream
2 Oz Rye Whiskey
1 Oz Lapsang Souchong Syrup (recipe follows)
1 Large Marshmallow
Wood Smoked Ground Graham Cracker, for the rim (recipe follows)
1- Gently rim Double Old Fashioned glass with ground graham crackers.
2- Place whiskey and syrup in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain into glass.
2- Top with ice cream.
3- Lightly roast marshmallow with a kitchen torch, then skewer with a toothpick.
Lapsang Souchong Syrup
Lapsang Souchong is a Chinese black tea that is smoked over pine wood. This process gives it a rich, smokey aroma that helps bring this cocktail to life. You can find Lapsang Souchong at specialty shops and some high end grocery stores.
1 Tsp Lapsang Souchong (or one tea bag)
8 Oz Water
1 Cup White Sugar
1- Brew tea leaves in boiled water for 4 minutes.
2- Stir hot tea with sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved.
3- Allow to completely cool. Store in your refrigerator for up to two weeks.


​Smokey Ground Graham Crackers 
People have described the Woodland S’more as a summer camp fire in a glass. The graham cracker rim is the cherry on top to the smokey goodness that is the signature to this cocktail. If you have a home smoker, take advantage of barbecuing your crackers in it. If not, they will still add an excellent dimension even without the smoke.
6 Graham Crackers
1 Tsp Cinnamon
1- Place crackers in the smoker and smoke for one hour. Remove and cool.
2- Place graham crackers and cinnamon in a food processor or spice grinder.
3- Grind until smooth and store in an airtight container.
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