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Did you know that today is National Lemonade Day? Well let’s celebrate with a lemonade cocktail! Below is a quick and easy recipe perfect for the adult version of this occasion to share and enjoy with friends.
2 parts Tequila Avión® Silver
4 parts Fresh Lemon Juice
½ part Agave Nectar
1 Lemon Wheel for Garnish
Add 2 parts Avión Silver, 4 parts Fresh Lemon Juice and ½ part Agave Nectar into a shaker with ice. Strain the cocktail over a tall glass of ice. Garnish with a lemon wheel and enjoy!
Cruzan Rum’s Mixologist Jesse Card, straight from the island of St. Croix, has created specialty cocktails to help you celebrate this ”holiday” properly! These cocktails are perfect to enjoy while kicking back, relaxing and embracing the “Don’t Hurry” that the Cruzan rum tribe embodies. Enjoy these favorites by Jesse below…
CRUZAN® ”DON’T HURRY” CANE
1 part Cruzan® Vanilla Rum
2 parts Cruzan® Aged Light Rum
1 tsp Sugar
3 Lime Wedges
Combine 2 of the lime wedges, sugar & Cruzan Vanilla Rum in a tumbler and lightly muddle for ten seconds. Add Cruzan Aged Light Rum and a scoop of ice and shake hard for 20 seconds. Strain into a chilled Hurricane glass and garnish with the final lime wedge.
CRUZAN® TAKE 9
1 1/2 parts Cruzan® 9 Spiced Rum
3/4 part Dry Vermouth
1/4 part Curacao
1/2 tsp Grenadine
Combine all ingredients over ice in a tumbler and stir for 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled Martini coupe. Garnish with an orange twist.
CRUZAN® COCONUT OLD FASHIONED
2 parts Cruzan® Single Barrel Rum
1/2 part Rich Simple Syrup
3 dashes of Bitters
Coconut Water Ice Cubes (see additional recipe below)
Cut a wide swath of orange peel and lightly press it in the bottom of a rocks glass. Add rum, syrup and bitters. Now drop in a few Coconut Water Ice Cubes and stir gently.
Coconut Water Ice Cubes Recipe: Pour a can of Coconut Water (strain the pulp out first, if needed) in an ice cube tray – the bigger the cube try the better – and freeze for several hours.
Applaud the spirit that is quickly rising in popularity on its national day of celebration ~ National Tequila Day is July 24th!
- Blue weber agave plants only flower once, but when they do they are pollinated by bats
- Tequila is made from agave which is actually a desert lily
- The leaves of agave are so sharp that they are used as cutting instruments
- Margaritas are the number one cocktail in the United States
- The United States is the largest tequila consuming market (yes, even more than Mexico!); almost half of which is women
This year, vodka’s prestige is falling fast while artisanal, 100% agave tequilas are more chic than ever. While popularly considered for only shots and margaritas, tequila—specifically premium tequila—is becoming the spirit to sip and mixologist’s choice spirit to use in intricate cocktails.
On National Tequila Day, go with only the best and choose premium Tequila Avión. Tequila Avión stole the show this year at the San Francisco World Spirits Challenge winning Best White Spirit (beating all vodkas, gins, rums, and tequilas) in addition to Best Tequila. Sip and enjoy Tequila Avión Silver, Reposado and Añejo, or go with a classic and make an Elevated Margarita on this fine summer holiday!
The Elevated Margarita
Compliments of Tequila Avión
2 parts Tequila Avión Silver
1 parts Fresh Lime Juice
½ part Agave Nectar
- Add all ingredients in shaker.
- Shake and strain over fresh ice.
This year, step away from the ordinary beverage of choice—July 4th is the largest beer consuming holiday in America—and create fun and festive cocktails for adults and mocktails that partyers of all ages can enjoy!
Red, White and Blueberry
¼ part lime juice, freshly squeezed and strained
¼ part lemon juice, freshly squeezed and strained
½ part orange juice, freshly squeezed and strained
4 parts Maker’s Mark® Bourbon
1 part simple syrup
4 mint leaves, plus more for garnish
Assorted berries: raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries/Splash club soda
Combine the juices, Maker’s Mark® Bourbon, simple syrup, and mint leaves in a large shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into 3 tall glasses over ice and add a splash of soda. Cut berries and mint leaves as garnish. Serve immediately.
1 part Portón
1 part of Drambuie
¼ part of Campari
¼ part lime juice
Combine and chill all ingredients. Serve in a martini glass with an orange wedge and twist of lime.
The Summer Escape
2 parts Tequila Avión Reposado
1 part Fresh Lime Juice
4 One-Inch Cubes Fresh Watermelon
Squeeze Agave Nectar
Muddle watermelon with agave nectar in a mixing glass. Add remaining ingredients, and shake vigorously with ice. Fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish as desired.
And for the kids…American Mockarita
1 SLAP FROZEN Energy Strawberry-Frost
Empty one frozen SLAP FROZEN Energy pouch into a margarita glass. Garnish with a strawberry.
Stars & Stripes Mojito
-1 Part White Rum or Vodka
-2 Parts Refine Mojito
-Muddle 5 blueberries, 1 Strawberry and Mint Leaves
-Garnish with a slice of Starfruit
*Under 100 Calories*
Directions: In a glass muddle 5 blueberries, 1 strawberry and mint leaves. In a shaker pour 1 part White Rum or Vodka and 2 parts Refine Mojito fill with ice and pour glass of fruit in the shaker. Shake all ingredients and pour into glass. Enjoy!
About Refine Mixers
refine™ mixers was founded by Bay Area native, Patrick Castles, a former college athlete and supporter of the natural food movement. Patrick always had a passion for staying healthy and eating right, so it didn’t come as much of a surprise when he began directing his energy towards the food and beverage industry. In noticing the abundance of Aspartame-based diet sodas and high calorie mixers that were being consumed by him and his friends, Patrick was inspired to create a drastic change in the beverage industry. His mission: to create zero-calorie cocktail mixers that maintains all-natural integrity. Refine Mixers are available nationwide at Cost Plus and can be found throughout California at Gelson’s, Safeway, Pavilions, Bristol Farms, Vons and online.
What better way to spice up your Independence Day barbeque than with a patriotic mocktail or cocktail featuring Lipton Iced Tea? We promise your guests will approve!
Compliments of Lipton Iced Tea
Prep Time: 5 minutes
1 bottle 100% Natural Lipton® Iced Tea with Pomegranate Blueberry
3 Tbsp. 100% cranberry juice
3 Tbsp. orange juice
1 Tbsp. lime juice
- Combine all ingredients in shaker filled with ice.
- Shake well and pour into chilled martini glasses.
For an adult version:
- Use 2 Tbsp. vodka
- 2 Tbsp. orange liqueur instead of orange juice.
For more recipe information, visit https://www.facebook.com/liptonicedtea.
Since its creation in the 18th century, bourbon has remained a staple of American cocktail culture. As the first distillery to operate in New York since Prohibition and the first to produce bourbon, Hudson’s bourbons are truly unique in that they are handcrafted in Hudson Valley, NY.
For the experienced bourbon lover looking to savor the spirit’s rich flavors, consider a Hudson Four Grain Bourbon neat or on the rocks. No matter which you’d prefer, this is the perfect way to showcase the unique and bold flavors the Four Grain is known for.
For those looking to appreciate the Hudson’s innate mixability, what better way to pay tribute to this classic American spirit than with a classic cocktail? Made with Hudson Baby Bourbon, the Little Old Fashion is a simple, yet delicious option for those celebrating their favorite spirit.
Little Old Fashioned
1 parts Hudson Baby Bourbon
3 dashes bitters
1 tsp bar sugar
1 lemon peel
- Served chilled
- Ice optional
For more information on Hudson Whiskey, log onto: http://hudsonwhiskey.com/whiskeys/baby-bourbon/.
Enjoy these Signature Cocktails by Halekulani Hotel
1 ½ oz Barsol Pisco (Primero)
½ oz Orchid Guava Liqueur
½ oz Strawberry Puree
½ oz Lime Juice
shake all ingredients with ice. Serve straight up into a chilled martini glass.
Garnish: half strawberry on the rim and kafir lime leaf.
For more amazing cocktails, click here.
In this Weekend Kitchen Chef Jennifer Booker show’s us how to make a delicious Grilled Steak Pizzialo with an Organic Basil Martini for dad’s big day.
Fore more on Chef Jennifer and Your Resident Gourmet, log onto: www.yourresidentgourmet.com.
1 bottle of organic or fair trade red wine
1 cup of 4 Copas tequila
1/2 a cup of fresh squeezed orange juice
1/4 cup of fresh squeezed organic lime juice
1/2 a cup of brown organic sugar
Sliced watermelon to taste
Mix all ingredients together. Serve in a hollowed out watermelon for the perfect summer wedding or cocktail party!
2 cups of ice
3 large ripe kiwi fruits, peeled
3 oz Papagayo Organic White Rum
1 lime, finely grated rind and juiced
10 oz water (for lime syrup)
3 tbs organic sugar
1lime, finely grated rind and juiced (for lime syrup)
Make a syrup by combining water, sugar, rind and juice in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and stir regularly. Simmer uncovered for 5 minutes. Cool. Pour into a heatproof container and chill. Place the chilled syrup, rum, ice cubes, kiwi fruit and extra lime juice into a blender. Serve immediately.
This clever no-waste recipe is perfect for a summer party!
12 whole organic lemons
1 cup pink lemonade
2 packages plain gelatin
1 cup 360 Vodka
Cut the lemons in half. Scoop out the insides. Add the lemonade to a saucepan, sprinkle the gelatin over the juice. Let it sit for 2 minutes. Heat the lemonade over low heat, stirring, until the gelatin has dissolved, about 5 minutes. Stir in the organic vodka. Pour into the lemon halves and refrigerate for 4 hours.
2 cups local or organic strawberries plus extra for decoration
32 fluid ounces of brewed fair trade tea chilled
1/3 cup organic white sugar
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 punnet of fresh strawberries
Organic vodka or rum
Blend 2 cups of strawberries in a food processor until smooth and strain. Mix together pureed strawberries, tea, desired amount of sugar to taste, and lemon juice. Chill. Before serving add vodka or rum to taste. Decorate and serve with a fresh strawberry (stem removed), ice and a sprig of mint.
The perfect drink for a garden party! This light and elegant drink is perfect for a hot day and is a breeze to make.
1 oz Saint germain
8 oz Seltzer
Flower ice cubes
Just add 1 oz of Elderflower liquor to seltzer and serve. For the greenest version make your own seltzer (it is better for the environment and only costs 17 cents a liter!) Serve over flower-filled ice cubes with organic orchids, nasturtiums, pansies, or snapdragons inside.
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