Green Summer Cooler
It’s easy being green, especially when you’re sipping a glass of this refreshing summer treat!
6 parts pineapple juice (3 ounces)
4 parts fresh-squeezed lime juice (2 ounces)
2 parts green peppermint syrup (1 ounce)
Cucumber slice, for garnish
Lime slice, for garnish
Combine juices and syrup with cracked ice in a cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain over ice cubes into a chilled collins glass. Fill glass with ginger ale and stir gently. Garnish with cucumber and lime slice.
This ice cream parlor delight is all grown up with a splash or two of your favorite gourmet syrup.
2 parts Italian syrup of your choice (1 ounce)
Sparkling mineral water
Lemon or lime slice, for garnish
Add syrup to a chilled collins glass filled with ice cubes. Add sparkling water and stir gently. Garnish with slice of lemon or lime. If you prefer a sweeter soda, use more syrup.
Replace bourbon with fresh-squeezed fruit juices and ginger ale, and you have a perfect Southern-style punch!
2 parts fresh-squeezed lime juice (1 ounce)
2 parts fresh-squeezed orange juice (1 ounce)
2 parts pineapple juice (1 ounce)
1 part raspberry syrup (1/2 ounce)
Fresh crushed mint leaves
Fresh mint sprig, for garnish
Combine all ingredients except ginger ale and mint sprig with cracked ice in a cocktail shaker and shake well. Pour into a chilled collins glass. Fill glass with ginger ale and stir gently. Garnish with mint sprig.
Monterey Mint Tea
Who needs Grandma’s secret sun tea recipe? This refreshing iced sipper is so satisfying.
Iced tea, unsweetened
4 parts peppermint syrup (2 ounces)
Lime wedge, for garnish
Fresh mint sprig, for garnish
Combine iced tea and syrup in a chilled collins glass filled with ice cubes. Squeeze lime wedge over drink and place in glass. Stir. Garnish with mint sprig.
Alcohol Infused Refreshments
Love on the Rocks
Named for the French liqueur Parfait Amour, this soft-spoken drink’s floral bouquets of orange blossoms and vanilla flatter each other.
Cocktail ice cubes for shaking and serving
1 ounce Absolut vanilla vodka
1/2 ounce Parfait Amour liqueur
1/2 ounce cranberry juice
1/2 ounce pineapple juice
Fill a tempered pint glass with ice and add vodka, liqueur and juices. Cap glass with a stainless-steel cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Pour drink and ice into a bucket glass. Serve with a straw.
Sassy and sophisticated, this aromatic cocktail will cool you down on the hottest summer night.
1 1/2 ounces gin
1/2 ounce dry vermouth
1/2 ounce melon liqueur
Dash fresh lemon juice
Shake all ingredients vigorously with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Variation: For an Evergreen, top with a splash of blue curaçao and garnish with a maraschino cherry.
Don’t waste a single slice of that sun-ripened watermelon. Whip up this refreshing cocktail and end your summer cookout with a bang!
1 lime wedge
4 chunks watermelon
1 1/2 measures vodka
1/2 measure Passoa (passion-fruit liqueur)
Dash cranberry juice
Watermelon wedge, for garnish
Squeeze lime wedge into a cocktail shaker, add ice cubes and remaining ingredients and shake vigorously. Double strain into a chilled martini glass and decorate with a wedge of watermelon.
A combination of sweetness, refreshing citrus and mint flavors intended to complement the potent kick of the rum.
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 large sprig of Mojito mint*
1.5 oz. white rum – 80 proof
1/2 fresh lime cut in quarters
Place the sugar and mint leaves at the bottom of a tall tumbler. Crush the mint into the sugar using a muddler or the back of a spoon. For a dirty Mojito, muddle well so that the pieces of mint are very small. Squeeze lime quarters into glass; drop the limes into the mix. At this point I mix well, pushing down on the lime with a spoon, extracting more juice and some of the oil in the rind. Add white rum, ice, top off with club soda and stir well. Garnish with fresh sprig of mint if you like; serve immediately.
*DO NOT use peppermint or any other flavored mint.