Friday, May 28, 2010

Post-Memorial Day Summer Cocktails

While you stow away your sweaters and pull out your flip flops, remember that as the seasons change so do the cocktails! Boasting warmer weather, backyard barbecues, and rooftop rendez-vous, summer is the season of soirees with no shortage of reasons to get together with friends and family. Whether hosting a Sunday brunch or enjoying poolside happy hour, a refreshing cocktail is the perfect relaxation reminder.

1½ oz Cabana Cachaca
½ oz St. Germain
2 oz grapefruit juice
Club Soda

Shake all ingredients except seltzer with ice, strain into an ice-filled highball glass and top with a splash of club soda. Can also be strained into a martini glass without the club soda. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Chambord Lemonade
1½ oz vodka
½ oz Chambord
3 oz sugar free lemonade

Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a tall glass. Garnish with fresh berries or a lemon.

Zaya Poolside Daiquiri
1½ oz Zaya Rum
1 oz Coconut Water
¾ lime juice
½ simple syrup
Muddled Mint

In a shaker, muddle mint, simple syrup and lime juice. Add Zaya, Coconut Water and ice. Shake and strain into a glass. Serve up with a mint sprig garnish.

Summer Breeze
1 oz Tequila Corralejo
3 oz Cranberry Juice
1/2 oz Orange Juice
1 Dash of Lime Juice

Pour Tequila Corralejo and juices into a shaker half filled with ice. Shake well and strain into an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with an orange slice.

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