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)
-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
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!!
(makes 1 cocktail)
-3/4 cup water
-1/3 cup honey
-1-2 chamomile tea bags
-1/2 grapefruit squeezed
-2 oz. tequila
-4 fresh strawberries
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)
-1 part vodka
-3 parts kombucha
-1/2 lime, juiced
-Fresh raspberries for garnish
-Sparkling water to top off
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!
The Hill & Co. Creative Team