By Chef Joey!
Summer-time and many people take off for a week or a long weekend and upon going out splurge with the official “I’m on vacation drink!” followed by a toast and lots of stories and planning for the coveted time off.
But summer time is also a great time to relax at home, too, and summer beverages are always fun to think about and always a great way to turn a blah day into a festive one.!
Here are some summer drink recipies that can be non alcoholic, or alcoholic which makes them even more fun!
The Blushing Bride is my new favorite – juice up 2 red grapefruits, add 1/4 cup pomegranite juice, and depending on the acridity of the grapefruit add some simple syrup* -shake over ice and garnish with a lemon wedge – Goes great with Vodka or Gin too – Serves 2
Cool as a Cuke – this one is a little legnthy but tastes great! A crisp and refreshing cucumber Lemonade Chiller summer cocktail recipe that includes fresh rosemary, cucumber and lemon juice! Ingredients: 3 cucumbers -1 tbsp. freshly chopped rosemary, plus a few sprigs for garnishing , 1 cup water ,¾ gin (substitute sparkling lemon-lime soda for a virgin drink) , ½ cup lemon juice , 3 tablespoons Simple syrup* Cut cucumber into 12 thin slices for garnish. Peel and chop remaining cucumber. In a food processor, add cucumber and fresh rosemary, puree mixture. Pour the pureed ingredients into a fine-mesh strainer and set over a medium size bowl. Press on the solids to extract all of the juice. Add water, gin (or sparkling soda), lemon juice, and simple syrup to the cucumber juice. Stir until dissolved. Pour over ice, garnish with rosemary spring & cucumber and enjoy! Serves 4.
You say Margarita – How about a MINT-Erita!! Get a ½ cup fresh chopped mint leaves, ½ teaspoon kosher salt , 4 cups crushed ice, 1 ½ cups tequila (substitute lemon lime soda for virgin drinks), 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 8 limes) – you can use bottled but fresh does tast like summer and 1 cup Triple Sec (omit for virgin drinks). In the bottom of a large pitcher, crush together ice, mint and salt with the handle of a wooden spoon or cocktail muddler. Add lime juice, tequila (or lemon lime soda) and Triple Sec. Stir vigorously. Pour over ice and garnish with fresh lemon and lime wedges. Serves 4-5.
Flamable Ice Tea!! You dont have to got to Long Island to get one of those famous teas, but it is a fun summer drink and it is easy to make take 2 cups ice cubes. add 1 oz vodka 1 ounce gin 1 oz white rum 1 oz white tequila 1/2 oz Triple Sec 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 1/2 cup of and cola product, or to taste 2 lemon wedges
And what about my blender drink??? All of these can be made in a blender, by adding ice, but for a true summer bevvy how about a frozen Mojito – with Rum, or my favorite is a Joe-Jito made with Vodka!! for each drink In a blender combine ice , juice of a 1/2 squeezed lime, 1 tablespoon simple syrup* and 5 or 6 mint leaves 1 1/2 oz white rum, or in my case vodka and blend!
*Simple syrup can be made way ahead and refrigerated for quite some time – it is merely one cup sugar and one cup water bring to a boild until the sugar is disolved – let it cool and voilá – you can add it to your ice tea too!
Joey and his kid sis!