We are well into spring and summer is quickly approaching. Parties, barbeques, and gatherings are rapidly filling the weekends. Not to mention, the many celebrations in the next few weeks – The Kentucky Derby, Mother’s Day, graduations, Father’s Day, and the list goes on.
In the spirit of upcoming celebrations and gatherings, it is time to collect all the recipes and ingredients for fabulous summer cocktails.
Generally my crew likes their wine but I think there is always a place for a fabulous cocktail option. I’ve gathered some favorites and few new cocktails to try this outdoor entertaining season.
I prefer my cocktails on the sweet side and will always add simple syrup to my mix. But if you prefer something stronger either add a bit more alcohol or use less sweetener. I also prefer to use fresh fruit. There is something more authentic and rich with fresh fruit and seasonings over a bottled version. Some flavorings must come squeezed (pomegranate juice for instance) but for the most part I recommend using fresh when possible.
The Art of Summer Cocktails
To begin, purchase the best quality alcohol you can afford. The depth of flavor and purity is noticeable. After mixing the drinks, taste test before serving to adjust the alcohol, sweetener, or fruit flavors accordingly.
For the Derby weekend, you must make Mint Juleps. These are one of my new favorite cocktails. They are simple but refreshing, not too sweet, and not too strong. I love these!
A change to the classic Mojito is the Campari Mojito Click Here to Download Your Cocktail Recipe Book. I must say I really enjoyed this cocktail. The rum and Campari are delicious with the addition of sweet syrup and lime. It is a terrific cocktail. The Paloma Cocktail is a beautiful pink blush. Add a bit of lime and it is delightful! I highly recommend using a fresh ruby grapefruit in this cocktail for the tart / sweet flavoring. To change things up, I tried a Pomegranate Margarita. The Pomegranate is a very subtle flavor allowing the tequila to shine. Of course, other fruit flavors can be substituted. I am eager to try this drink with blood orange! My all time favorite cocktail, however, is the Lemon Drop Martini. It is very simple to make and even easier to drink. Download The Art of Summer Cocktails for the above recipes and a BONUS recipe. Click Here to Download Your Cocktail Recipe Book