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let’s talk summer cocktails

June 28, 2009

cockatilWhat are you all drinking this summer?  Other than wine, I feel like I have no ideas for a great drink when the weather warms up.  My friend Jill was recently enjoying this mojito concoction which I plan on trying soon: Izze grapefruit soda (she used 1/2 a bottle per glass), 2 shots of tequila, fresh mint leaves, lime. If you have a good summer drink, please start typing!

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  1. Amy Brittain permalink
    June 29, 2009 7:07 pm

    A friend swears by Fresca and vodka for a quick drink.

    Allow me to be Martha Stewart-esque for a moment. I’ve been drinking Prosecco and a splash of this for the past month, courtesy of strawberry season:

    Strawberry Balsamic Simple Syrup (from CHOWMAMA)
    1 1/2 c organic strawberries, cleaned, hulled & quartered
    2 tbsp organic balsamic vinegar
    1/4 c organic sugar
    2 cups water
    1. Place all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
    2. Reduce heat to create a constant, low-level simmer. Cook for about 30 minutes, until syrup thickens and has reduced to about 1/3 the original volume.
    3. Strain. Get creative. Store in an airtight container in fridge for up to 4 weeks.

    I also like the looks of this:
    Tamarind and Vodka Cocktail, Bon Appétit

    And this:
    Fresh Lime Gimlet SUNSET
    To make simple syrup: Bring 1 cup each water and sugar to a boil. It keeps, covered and chilled, up to 1 month.
    Makes 6 cocktails
    • 1 1/2 cups vodka or gin
    • 3/4 cup fresh lime juice
    • 3/4 cup simple syrup (see Notes)
    • Ice
    • 6 strips lime zest (optional)
    In a pitcher or large measuring cup, combine vodka, lime juice, and simple syrup. Fill 6 glasses with ice and pour 1/2 cup gimlet into each one. Garnish with lime zest if you like. Serve immediately.

  2. Amy Brittain permalink
    June 29, 2009 7:09 pm

    And what about Skinny Margaritas? Alcohol-heavy, but no sugary mix, so lower in calories than regular margaritas. This recipe looks right:

    2 ounces clear tequila
    splash fresh lime juice
    splash Cointreau liqueur or Grand Marnier or triple sec
    salt (optional)
    sugar (optional)
    lime wedge

  3. Jen permalink
    June 30, 2009 9:24 pm

    So many great summer wines! Innocent Bystander Pink Moscato is a sweet, fizzy favorite!
    Also, Conundrum is a fabulous white wine blend… perfect for summer.

  4. July 1, 2009 8:08 am

    I love William Sonoma’s mango margarita mix. Just add tequilla and ice…you will feel like you are at a Mexican Cafe!!

  5. Kendall permalink
    July 26, 2010 8:27 pm

    I always love champagne in the summer. Barefoot makes a nice one for about $10 . Champagne and lemonade is my current favorite – mix equal parts & add ice – fabulous!!

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