COOLING OFF WITH SUMMER COCKTAILS

We can all agree that it is getting quite steamy outside! With the heat sneaking up on us as summer approaches, it is crucial to have a delicious cocktail in hand. Perfect for a Sunday brunch or Saturday night soiree, these drinks will leave a lasting impression. Fresh flavors and bright colors are must haves that enhance any cocktail. Impress your guests with one or all of these fun summer recipes!


Blueberry Thyme Refresher

(makes 4 cocktails)


Ingredients:

-1 cup blackberries

-1 cup water

-1 cup sugar

-1 bottle of champagne

-1/2 cup gin

-4 sprigs of thyme

-1 cup ice

-Gold baking sugar for the rim

-Champagne glasses


Instructions:

Bring blackberries, water, and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.


Remove from heat, drain blackberries, saving the syrup, and set aside to cool.


The secret to a no drip rim is to line the glasses with the smallest amount of butter between your fingers, then dip into the gold baking sugar for a perfect look.


Add 1 oz. of gin to each glass followed by two blackberries


Next add 2 oz. of the homemade blackberry simple syrup and top each glass with champagne and a thyme sprig as garnish and enjoy!!



Chamomile Strawberry Paloma

(makes 1 cocktail)


Ingredients:

-3/4 cup water

-1/3 cup honey

-1-2 chamomile tea bags

-1/2 grapefruit squeezed

-2 oz. tequila

-4 fresh strawberries

-Sparkling water

-Crushed ice


Instructions:

Combine water and honey in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer 1 minute then remove from heat. Add tea bag and cover for 5-10 minutes. Allow syrup to cool completely


Add grapefruit juice, 2-4 tbs. of homemade syrup, tequila and strawberries to glass and muddle.


Add a handful of ice and top off with sparkling water. Stir and garnish with chamomile flowers and strawberries.



Healthy Raspberry Kombucha Cocktail

(makes 1 cocktail)

Ingredients:

-1 part vodka

-3 parts kombucha

-1/2 lime, juiced

-Fresh raspberries for garnish

-Sparkling water to top off


Instructions:

Fill glass with ice then pour 1 part of vodka


Add 3 parts kombucha along with lime juice and mix


Top off with sparkling water and a couple raspberries for garnish.



All three of these delicious spirits offer a perfect "cheers" photo-op! We hope there are many pool and beach days in your future, along with great company!



Cheers,

The Hill & Co. Creative Team