THAT WILL HAVE YOUR GUESTS REFRESHED AND IMPRESSED
Photography by Tiffani Jones
Summer is upon us, friends. Why not beat the heat, gather your favorite humans, and treat yourselves a bit?
For me, quality time with my friends and family is my most prized gift. When I entertain, there must be the perfect balance of thoughtfulness and simplicity … more time to soak in the sun (and the love) and less time working in the kitchen or standing behind the bar.
When I entertain, there must be the perfect balance of thoughtfulness and simplicity
Here are a few of my favorite summery cocktails that are exactly that — fresh, fruity, and super simple to make. Party time, excellent!
1 seedless watermelon
2 knuckles of ginger, peeled
The juice of 3 limes
2 ounces of vodka per cocktail
Blend the watermelon and fine strain. Set aside.
Blend the lime juice and peeled ginger. Fine strain into the watermelon juice. (Side note: this juice can be prepared a day in advance.)
This juice is wonderful without the booze, but it’s great with vodka too!
Add ice and vodka to a glass. Top with fresca. Stir.
2 ounces passion fruit juice
1 ounce guava juice
2 ounces white rum
6 leaves fresh mint
1 blood orange wheel
2 ounces sparkling water
Muddle mint and blood orange in a Collins glass. Add juice, rum, and a scoop of ice.
Top with sparkling water. Stir.
(makes 4 cocktails)
3 cups fresh pineapple
1 scoop crushed ice
4 ounces rum
1/2 cup ginger beer per cocktail
Using a blender, blend pineapple and ice. Add the rum. Fill glasses 3/4 full and top with ginger beer.
1/2 ounce lychee juice, from the can
1 ounce brewed and cooled jasmine tea
1 ounce gin
3 canned lychees
Add lychee juice, jasmine tea, gin, and a scoop of ice to a shaker. Shake or stir, and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with 3 lychee.
(makes 1 pitcher)
2 – 12-ounce bottles sparkling water
3 1/2 ounces simple syrup
1 1/2 cups fresh-squeezed lemon juice
3 ounces vodka
1 lemon cut into wheels
4 sprigs rosemary
Add a couple of big scoops of ice to a pitcher. Add sparking water, simple syrup, lemon juice, and vodka. Give it a nice stir. Garnish with fresh lemon wheels and fresh rosemary.