Friday, May 17, 2013

Sweet Summer Drinks

Whenever you are sitting outside in the sunshine, a nice refreshing drink should accompany you.  Ranging from fruity to sweet to whatever your taste buds can handle.  Here are some alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks with the recipes to help.


  • 2 slices of cucumber
  • 1 spear cucumber for garnish
  • 8 leaves of mint
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/2 ounce Basic Simple Syrup
  • Ice
  • 2 ounces Blanco Tequila
  • 3/4 ounce yellow chartreuse
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the cucumber slices with 7 of the mint leaves, the salt and the simple syrup.  Add ice and the tequila, chartreuse, and lime juice and shake well.  Fine-strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with the cucumber spear and remaining mint leaf.


  • 2 ounces of gin
  • ounce of maraschino liqueur
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • ounce of violet liqueur
  • 1 marasca cherry, for garnish
Fill cocktail shaker with ice.  Add all of the ingredients, except the cherry, and shake until chilled.  Strain the drink into a coupe glass and garnish with a marasca cherry.



  • 1 1/2 pound sliced seedless watermelon, rind removed
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup mild honey (such as orange blossom)
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced, for garnish
In the bowl of a food processor, place watermelon and process until very smooth.  Strain through a coarse sieve set over a bowl, stirring to push through any pulp.  Pour juice into a large pitcher.  Add lemon zest.
 In a bowl, whisk lemon juice and honey until honey dissolves; stir into watermelon juice.  Stir 1 1/2 cups cold water; cover and refrigerate until very cold.  Serve over ice and garnish with lemon slices


  • 2 cups seltzer
  • 2/3 cup frozen raspberries
  • 2 sprigs fresh mint
  • 3 ounces raspberry-flavored syrup, or Chambord
  • ice cubes
Combine seltzer, raspberries, mint and raspberry-flavored syrup (or  Chambord) in a small pitcher.  Pour over ice.

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