(Minty Blue pictured above)
The Summer Rye cocktail is adapted from a traditional rye-based drink popular in fall/winter with the addition of St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur in place of Ginger Liqueur. Try both versions. The summer version has been a big hit this summer for weddings coordinated by RYS.
- 1 oz Rye Whiskey, like Wigle or Templeton
- 1/2 oz St. Germain Elderflower (summer) or Ginger Liqueur, like FRUITLAB or Domaine de Canton (fall/winter)
- 3/4 oz Fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 oz Fresh Sugar Syrup
- 1/2 oz Unfiltered Apple juice
- float Dry Prosecco
- Garnish - 4 Granny apple cubes
- Glass - Large rocks
Prep - Add all ingredients except Prosecco to a mixing glass. Add ice. Shake well and strain into a large rocks glass with fresh ice. Drop in apple cubes and stir. Float dry Prosecoo on top.
This concoction is part Margarita/part Mojito with some twists and turns.
- 1.5 oz Blanco or Silver Tequila, like Avion or Siembra Azul
- 1/2 oz Blue Curacao
- 3/4 oz Cilantro/Mint Infused Agave syrup
- 1/2 oz Fresh lime juice
- 1/2 oz Pineapple juice
- No Garnish
- Glass - Highball or Collins
Prep - Add mint and cilantro to the bottom of a collins glass and ice. In a mixing tin, add all ingredients over ice and shake. Strain into the collins glass.
Cilantro-Infused Agave Syrup
Combine 1 cup water and 1 cup agave nectar in a saucepan, and bring it to a slow boil while stirring continuously until all the sugar has dissolved. Just as the mixture begins to boil, add 1 cup of fresh cilantro. Simmer for 5-10 minutes and let cool (this syrup will keep in your fridge for about a month).
(Photo courtesy of The Kitchn)
Part Daiquiri/part Cosmo, this summery cocktail is smooth, refreshing and pretty all in one. Also, it will not break the bank.
- 1.5 oz Silver Rum, like Flor de Cana
- 1/2 oz Orange Liqueur, like Combier d'Orange
- 1/2 oz Fresh lime juice
- 3/4 oz Freshly squeezed white grapefruit juice
- Garnish - Lime wheel
- Glass - Chilled Cocktail or coupe
Prep - Add all ingredients to a mixing tin. Add ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass or coupe. Garnish lime wheel dropped in.
Pictured on the right, the Cherry Blossom is great with the use of fresh lime cordial and a myriad of flavors. Feel free to sub for orange and cherry liq.
- 1.5 oz Square One Straight Organic Vodka
- 1/2 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
- 1/4 oz Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
- 1/2 oz Homemade Lime Cordial
- 1/4-1/2 oz Grenadine, preferably homemade or cherry puree
- Garnish - lime
- Glass - Cocktail
Use a citrus zester or channel knife to remove peel from 12 limes. Place peels in small bowl. Squeeze limes into a glass using a hand squeezer and fine strain the juice into a saucepan. Add 1.5 cups of granulated sugar and simmer on low heat for 20 minutes or until mixture thickens (don't caramelize sugar). Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes. Add the zest to saucepan and let steep for 15-20 minutes. Fine strain mixture into a clean glass jar and store refrigerated for up to two months.
Prep - Add all ingredients to a mixing tin. Shake well. Strain or fine strain (if using cherry puree) into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish lime wheel or slice.
Look for my #NationalTequilaDay post later this week celebrated on July 24.