This is a perfect summer drink! Pick fruits that are in season.. I used peaches, cherries, raspberries and blackberries.. but you could add some citrus fruit, other stone fruit or other berries! Serve chilled.. lovely on a hot summer day!
1 bottle white wine
1/2 cup triple sec (or brandy, or rum)
1-2 cups chopped summer fruit or berries
1/2 cup peach juice
Mix all ingredients and refrigerate until ready to serve
PIMM’s is a light and tasty British liqueur, popularly served in summer in a tall glass with ice, some lemon/lime soda, maybe some strawberries and cucumber and a slice of lemon. You can read more about Mr. Pimm’s and the history of the drink on Wikipedia, or just stir up a pitcher and enjoy! 🙂
Ginger ale, lemon/lime soda or unsweetened carbonated waters
Fill a tall glass halfway with ice
Add 1.5oz of PIMM’s
top with soda
Garnish with a lemon slice
Optionally stir in some slices of cucumber and strawberries
Did you watch the Oscars this weekend? Dream of walking down the red carpet? Or simply prefer a sparkling cocktail and viewing party from the comfort of your own house? 🙂
If you love citrus but are not into those sweet syrupy cocktails, then this refreshing cocktail is just for you! Garnish with some pieces of star anise for a festive touch!
Oscars, garden party, holiday party or whatever.. cheers!
1/2 cup fresh squeezed blood orange juice
1/2 lime, squeezed
2 oz. Cointreau or Absolut Mandarin Vodka (OR bourbon if that is your thing! Takes this cocktail in a different direction, but is definitely palatable.. again.. you kind of have to like the flavor of bourbon)
1/4 cup sparkling water
Orange slices, for garnish
4 pieces star anise (optional)
Combine juice, vodka, water and divide between two ice filled glasses
Making holiday cocktails with lemon or lime juice? Here’s a quick tip on juicing. First, get yourself a lemon squeezer. Not fancy, you can get a decent one for around $10. They come with single or double ‘bowls’. The double fits a lemon and lime separately, but single works fine!
Once you are ready to do some juicing, slice the lemon in half and instead of placing it into the bowl peel side down, simply turn it cut side down. Now when you press the handles together, the juice will not spray everywhere. Seems obvious now, but it wasn’t at first, so I wanted to pass this little tip along to make your juicing one step less sticky! 🙂
More festive cocktail recipes forthcoming. Have a great rest of 2015!