Sunsational Summer Drinks

Grapefruit Spritzer

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 grapefruit; plus additional grapefruit for garnish
  • 2 cups ice
  • 3 x 12oz cans of ginger soda
  • handful of fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup basil simple syrup

DIRECTIONS:

Juice one large grapefruit and segment additional grapefruit for garnish if preferred. Fill a pitcher half way with ice. Pour soda, fresh grapefruit juice and simple syrup. Mix well. Garnish with grapefruit slices and fresh basil.

Moscow Mule (yields 8)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 cups ice
  • 4 cups ginger beer
  • 3 cups vodka
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 cup mint leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 2 limes, sliced, plus more for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

In a large punch bowl, combine ice, ginger beer, vodka, lime juice, lime slices, and mint.

Ladle punch into glasses or copper mugs and garnish with more mint.

Lemon Twist

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 cups cold water
  • ½ cup honey
  • ice
  • lemons slices and fresh mint for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

Combine water and honey in a pot on low heat. Stir in honey until dissolved.  Once dissolved, remove from heat. Stir in fresh lemon juice and lemon essential oil. Serve in glass with ice, rather than adding ice directly to the lemonade which waters it down. Add lemon and mint for garnish.

Raspberry Smash

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1.5 oz Gin
  • 4 oz club soda
  • 2 tbsp simple syrup
  • fresh raspberries
  • 2 tbsp lime juice

DIRECTIONS:

Muddle two raspberries in the bottom of a glass.  Add the rest of the ingredients together with ice.  Garnish with a lime slice and more raspberries.

Blackberry Breeze (yields 2)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1/2 cup light rum
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • juice of 2 limes

DIRECTIONS:

In a small bowl, muddle blackberries and set aside.

Place mint leaves in bottom of glasses then and blackberry mixture on top. Add rum, sugar and lime juice and stir to combine. Top with crushed ice.

Add club soda and garnish with mint leaves and more blackberries.

Basil Simple Syrup

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil

DIRECTIONS:

Place sugar and water in a small pan over medium heat until sugar is fully dissolved, about 2 minutes. Place syrup in a glass tupperware container or squeeze bottle. Cover and chill for a couple hours.

For the Basil Simple Syrup: Add a handful of fresh basil to dissolved mixture and steep for 15-20 minutes. Strain and discard basil.

Author: Living Spaces

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