Its spring again, the warmer weather is approaching, and it’s about that time to get the patio furniture and the grill out for those summer days. That’s right, those great backyard barbeques, times of relaxing on the patio, laying out getting a tan, taking a swim, or just about any other backyard activity you can think of, is right around the corner. Its time to put away the coffee maker and coffee mugs, break out the blender, and get your martini and cocktail glasses ready, because its time to rejuvenate your senses with one of these refreshing libations.
All the recipes are for one cocktail and are very simple to make. Some of the drinks will require a simple syrup. (Instructions on how to make syrup are bellow) So just follow the easy instructions, and in a few minutes of time, you will get that party started.
How to Make Simple Syrup: Combine 2 parts sugar and 1 part water in a small saucepan, bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves. I usually make plenty of syrup, using 2 cups of sugar, and 1 cup of water. If there is any syrup leftover, I use it as a sweetener, in homemade ice tea and lemonade.
5 Refreshing Spring & Summer Cocktails)
(Pictures are in order of recipes for viewing)
Acai Sour Warhead
This drink uses the new acai berry-infused Veev liqueur and is a great eye
1 ¼ ounces of Veev acai liqueur
1 ¼ ounces of Apple Pucker schnapps
1 ounce of sweet and sour
Dash of blue Curacoa
1 maraschino cherry
Piece of mint sprig
Rim half the martini glass with sugar (simply wet half of rim with water and dip into sugar). Combine ingredients with ice, shake, and strain into martini glass. To complete, drop in the maraschino cherry and the piece of mint sprig, and serve.
Caipirinha (Uses simple syrup)
A distilled liquor called Cachaca (pronounced “ka-sha-sa”) is the base of Brazil’s national cocktail.
1 whole lime
1 slice of lime
Dash of simple Syrup
1 ¼ ounces of Cachaca
Dash of club soda
Slice the ime into eights, put into glass, and add 1 tablespoon of simple syrup. Pour in the Cachaca and top with a dash of club soda. Garnish with a slice of lime.
Sassy Sarah! (Uses simple syrup)
This drink is by Lucy Brennan, who was named, one of the top 5 mixologists in the nation in 2006.
1 ounce of Absolut Vanilla Vodka
1 ounce of Cuzan Pinapple Rum
1 ounce of fresh lemon and lime juice
1 ounce of simple syrup
2 slices of jalapeno chili
Combine vodka, rum, juice, and simple syrup, shake and strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish by dropping in a couple of slices of jalapeno chili.
This gin-and-champagne drink dates back to World War I with French flying ace Raoul Lufbery.
1 ½ ounces of gin
2 teaspoons of superfine sugar
1 ½ ounce of lemon juice
4 ounces of chilled champagne
1 orange slice
1 maraschino cherry
In a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine gin, sugar, and lemon juice. Shake well, pour into a Collins glass, and top with champagne. Stir and garnish with orange slice and cherry.
Mandarini (My personal favorite)
This drink was created by Mandy Underwood and is a very refreshing local favorite in Fort Worth, Texas.
2 ounces of Bacardi O orange flavored rum
1 ounce of Patron Citronge
¾ ounce of orange juice
¼ ounce of grenadine
Combine all ingredients with ice and shake. Strain into a martini glass and serve. I like to garnish it with a slice of orange.
Now that you got the inside on these refreshing and rejuvenating cocktails, mix some up, and get that party started. Regardless of the location, always remember to drink responsibly and never drink and drive. Have a safe and wonderful summer.