Forgive me if this has been asked a thousand times--couldn't find anything in the archives.
Summer is coming where I live, and while we are red wine drinkers all winter, we are not big on whites, and like something cold in the evenings once it gets hot. We do sometimes drink dry rose, but I am sort of off beer lately...my body doesn't seem to like it too much (gives me a headache and makes me sleepy, even one). So, hey, I have a cocktail shaker. I want to pick up some new mixed drinks that will not clash terribly with food--they don't have to "go," but it has to at least seem in the realm of possibility to sip it while eating, since that's when I usually drink. Lightly sweet is okay, but sweet-sweet is really out...I'm not much on sweet drinks, period.
I have rum, vodka, gin, bitters (have never used!) I am not that into gin, actually, but maybe could be converted. I also like tequila. Do not like whiskey or scotch, no matter how many times I try them. Not a fan of the martini. I love citrus and herbal flavors. I also like tonic water a whole lot. Rum and tonic with lime (I know--a bit odd) used to be my drink, but I'd like to branch out.
The other caveat is that I'd like it to be something that's relatively easy to whip up from things I generally have around or that are shelf-stable, or can be made (I did make an orange-vodka infuction recently).