Occasionally it is fun to play mixologist, shake up a few disparate ingredients and see what pours out, but if you aren’t so inclined these drinks are definitely summer and will most certainly please your drinkers palate.
Watermelon & Tequila
Blend it, freeze it, and then sip slowly.
1 seedless watermelon
¾ cup lemon juice
2 cups of silver tequila
Dice watermelon into chunks. Remove and discard the rind. In a food processor puree the chunks.
Strain and in a separate bowl, measure out 4 cups. Whisk in the lemon juice.
Pour the mixture into ice trays until firm.
When your lemon/watermelon cubes are fully frozen, add 1 cup of tequila to the first half of flavored ice cubes. Blend in food processor until well blended. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
It doesn’t get much easier than a Shandy, but nothing tastes quite as good on a hot summer day.
½ glass (about 4 oz) of light beer
½ glass (about 4 oz) of ginger beer, ginger ale, or 7-Up
Fill half of a chilled glass with the mixer of your choice. Adding the mixer first helps reduce foaming.
Fill the remaining space with beer of preference. Many prefer a lighter beer, like a
Pale Ale, but it really is personal preference.
Optional: Muddle and add fresh mint for the perfect Sunday afternoon treat.
Lillet and Basil Cocktail
1 cup ice
½ cup lillet
1 ounce gin
2 tablespoons orange juice
¼ cup basil, packed
Splash of soda water
Combine everything but the soda water in a cocktail shaker.
Press down the basil leaves with a spoon to release the flavor. Shake and pour into a glass with a handful of ice.
Top off with the soda water and add basil leaf garnish.