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Ginger Tea Coolers = Easiest Mocktail Ever

Ginger Tea Coolers = Easiest Mocktail Ever


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It's time to put a little kick in your mocktail! Here’s a delightfully light and refreshing drink with a hint of peppery ginger.

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And there's no need to get all complicated, either. As quickly as you can steep a cup of tea, you can make the pungent syrup that sweetens and flavors the drink using ginger tea bags. The syrup will last about 2 weeks in the fridge if you plan to use it for one or two drinks at a time, but the batch is also perfect if you plan to make a pitcher to serve to a group of 8 (two drinks per person).

Ginger Tea Coolers

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup water

4 ginger tea bags

ice

1/2 cup white grape juice

1 cup seltzer water

1 lime slice

1. Combine sugar, 1/4 cup water, and tea bags in a small pot over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat, and let steep until cooled to room temperature. Transfer to a glass jar with lid, pressing tea bags to drain all the liquid.

2. Fill two glasses with ice. Add 1/4 cup juice and 1 tablespoon ginger syrup to each glass. Add 1/2 cup seltzer to each glass; gently stir. Add lime wheel.

CALORIES 64; FAT 0g; PROTEIN 0g; CARB 16g; FIBER 0g; CHOL 0mg; IRON 0mg; SODIUM 5mg; CALC 0mg


26 Tequila Drinks More Exciting Than A Basic Margarita

From paloma cocktails to mezcalitas, here's what to make and order.

The last year has helped a lot of us get into cocktail making at home, so as the season heats up you might be looking for some ways to spice up your drink repertoire, especially when it comes to tequila. Don't get us wrong&mdashwe still love a margarita, but there's no reason for your tequila journey to end with lime and a salt rim. From tropical fruits to smoky, spirit forward sips, tequila has a versatility that's poised to shake up your bar cart and a reputation for fun that makes it a guaranteed crowd pleaser no matter how you mix it. Not sure how to make the most of those silvers, golds, reposados, añejos, and extra añejos? These flavorful recipes (and, okay, a few margaritas too) are guaranteed to expand your agave horizons and take any party up a notch.

Ingredients

2 oz Casamigos Reposado
1.5 oz grapefruit juice
1 oz fresh lime juice
.5 oz simple syrup
8-10 mint leaves

Instructions

Muddle herbs. Combine all ingredients into tin shaker. Add ice. Shake vigorously for 8&ndash10 seconds. Fine strain into highball glass. Add fresh ice. Garnish with grapefruit wheel and mint sprig.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Corralejo Reposado Tequila
.5 VIDA Mezcal
1 bar spoon agave nectar
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
2 dashes Bittermens Xocaloctl Bitters

Instructions

Stir all ingredients with ice and strain over a large format ice cube in a rocks glass. Garnish with a long peel of an orange and its oils.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Milagro Tequila
1 oz Coco Lopez cream of coconut
.5 oz lime juice

Instructions

Combine all ingredients and shake over ice. Serve with a salted or spiced rim.

From Fishbowl at Dream Midtown in New York City

Ingredients

2 oz Milagro Select Reposado
.75 oz vermouth bianco
1 dash orange bitters
Lemon twist

Instructions

Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass, add ice and stir until cold. Strain Into a chilled cocktail coupe glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

Ingredients

2 oz Tres Agaves Reposado
.5 oz grapefruit juice
.75 oz lime juice
.75 oz simple syrup
1 dash Angostura Bitters
Top with grapefruit soda (such as Squirt or Jarritos)

Instructions

Add all ingredients except soda in the shaker add ice, shake and strain over ice. Top off with Mexican soda and garnish with lime wheel.

By Alex Valencia of La Contenta in New York City

Ingredients

4 slices ginger
1 oz Maestro Dobel Tequila
.5 oz Mavrakis Tsipouro
1 oz lime juice
.75 oz Chambord
.5 oz agave
1 dash Angostura bitters

Instructions

Muddle ginger into the bottom of a shaker. Combine all other ingredients in shaker over ice and shake. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with sage.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Blue Nectar Silver
3-4 slices of cucumber
.75 oz Cointreau
1.5 oz lime juice
1.5 oz lime simple syrup*

Instructions

Muddle cucumber with Blue Nectar Tequila. Add remaining ingredients and shake over ice. Strain into rocks glass. Garnish with cucumber slice.

*Lime Syrup: Combine 2 cups of water, 1.5 cups of sugar, and zest of 1 lime in a saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and cool until ready for use.

By Jeremy Seaver of Tio's Mexican Cafe in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ingredients

3 oz Casamigos Anejo Tequila
.75 tsp maple syrup
4 dashes Orange Bitters

Instructions

Add all ingredients to mixing glass, add large ice, and stir thoroughly. Taste for balance and single strain into a rocks glass. Garnish and serve.

From Geoffrey Zakarian's Point Royal at the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida

Ingredients

1.5 oz Casamigos Tequila
1 oz prickly pear purée
.75 oz agave
.75 oz lime juice

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a shaker over ice and shake. Strain over fresh ice and garnish with a salt rim and lime.

From Fishbowl at Dream Midtown in New York City

Ingredients

2 oz Herradura Blanco
1 oz Rosemary-infused simple syrup*
.75 oz fresh lemon juice
.5 oz store-bought pear puree
Splash club soda

Instructions

Add all ingredients (except club soda) to cocktail shaker and shake to combine. Pour into Collins glass, served on the rocks. Top with splash of club soda. Garnish with fresh rosemary sprig.

*Rosemary Syrup: Bring to boil over medium heat 1 cup
granulated sugar, 1 cup water and 6 fresh rosemary sprigs. Simmer and stir until sugar is dissolved.

By Drew Sweeney of Bodega Negra in New York City

Ingredients

2 oz Clase Azul Plata Tequila
1 oz Passionfruit juice
.25 oz Allspice Dram
.25 oz lime juice
.25 oz Cardamaro Amaro

Instructions

Add all ingredients to a shaker tin with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a candied hibiscus flower.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Silver Tequila
.5 oz Cointreau
.5 blood orange juice
.75 oz simple syrup
1 oz lime juice

Instructions

Fill a mixing tin with ice. Add all ingredients and shake vigorously. Empty shaker contents into a rocks glass with a salted rim. Garnish with a blood orange slice.

Ingredients

.75 oz Sangrita Mix*
.75 oz lime juice
1.5 oz pineapple juice
2 oz Mezcal
Smoked Salt
1 Lime

Instructions

Line the rim of a glass with smoked salt by first coating with lime and rolling in salt. Pour all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake before straining into a glass with ice. Garnish with a slice of lime.

*Sangrita: Blend half of a pineapple, 1 cucumber, 1 pint of blackberries, 5 ancho chilies, 1.5 cup lime juice, 1 cup orange juice, .5 cup pomegranate juice, and 1.5 cup sugar and strain.
Refrigerate and store for up to 2 weeks.

From Tapestry in New York City

Ingredients

1 oz El Tesoro tequila
.5 oz lemon juice
1 oz fresh apple juice
.5 oz simple syrup

Instructions

Combine all ingredients and serve in a Champagne glass with a lemon twist.

Ingredients

1.5 oz tequila blanco
1.5 oz fresh lime juice
.75 oz Cointreau
1.5 oz simple syrup
A few drops blue curacao
A few drops grenadine

Instructions

Combine all ingredients and shake with ice. Pour over ice into a rocks glass and garnish with lemon wedge and jalapeno slice.

Ingredients

2 oz Casamigos Añejo
.5 oz simple syrup
2 dashes angostura bitters
2 dashes banana bitters

Instructions

Add all ingredients in mixing glass with ice. Stir and strain into bucket glass over single ice block. Garnish with a bruleed plantain.

Ingredients

2 oz Tres Agaves Blanco
.75 oz lime juice
.75 oz Tres Agaves Agave Syrup
1 slice of jalapeno (no seeds)
2 cucumber slices
6-8 small basil leaves

Instructions

Place basil, jalapeno, and cucumber slices in shaker add agave syrup and muddle. Add in rest of the ingredients and ice. Shake, double strain and serve over ice in lowball glass garnish with a Tajin rim.

By Alex Valencia of La Contenta in New York City

Ingredients

1.25 oz Montelobos Mezcal
.75 oz Ancho Reyes Verde
.75 oz strong green tea
1 oz fresh lime juice
5 mint leaves
Simple syrup to taste

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a shaker over ice. Shake and serve, garnished with a mint sprig and lime wheel.

Ingredients

2 oz Avion Silver Tequila
.5 oz Grand Marnier
.5 oz lime juice
.5 oz lemon juice
1.5 oz Ghost Chili Simple Syrup*

Instructions

Add all ingredients together with ice in a cocktail shaker, shake and strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass that has a chili salt rim. Serve with a lime wheel and enjoy.

*Ghost Chili Simple Syrup : Take 1 cup of water and 1 cup of brown demerara with one dried ghost chili pepper, bring to a boil and let cool.

By Alex Guarnaschelli of Butter in New York City

Ingredients

1.5 oz El Jimador Reposado
.5 oz Amaro di Angostura
.5 oz maple syrup
.5 oz grapefruit juice
.75 oz lemon juice
.25 oz simple syrup

Instructions

Mix all ingredients and serve on the rocks. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Sombra Mezcal
1 oz grapefruit juice
.5 oz lime juice
.5 oz rosemary simple syrup*
Salt (if desired)

Instructions

Combine Sombra, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and rosemary syrup in a shaker with ice, and shake vigorously. Salt the rim of a rocks glass. Strain cocktail over ice in rocks glass. Garnish with grapefruit wedge and rosemary sprig.

*Rosemary simple syrup: Combine equal parts sugar and water in a sauce pan. Add two sprigs of rosemary and simmer until sugar has dissolved. Allow to chill.

Ingredients

2 oz Tres Agaves Añejo
1 oz pineapple puree
1 oz tamarind syrup (tamarind paste mixed with equal parts refined sugar and water)
2 dash angostura bitters

Instructions

Pour all ingredients into the shaker with ice shake and strain on the rocks and garnish with pineapple wedge.

By Alex Valencia of La Contenta in New York City

Ingredients

2 oz Avion Blanco
.5 oz Buenbicho Mezcal
.75 oz lime juice
.5 oz agave nectar

Instructions

Combine all ingredients over ice, shake, and strain over fresh ice in rocks glass that has been rimmed with salt.

By Percy Rodriguez of the Vine in New York City

Ingredients

1.5 oz Tres Agaves Tequila Reposado
5 oz Sangrita*
.5 oz lime juice
Balance with grapefruit soda (Squirt or Jarritos)

Instructions

Pour tequila into serving glass, then add the sangrita mix and top off with grapefruit soda stir ingredients together and garnish with grapefruit wheel.

*Sangrita: Blend together a pinch of salt, hot sauce, juice from one orange, juice from four limes, juice from two grapefruit, a pinch of black pepper.

By Alex Valencia of La Contenta in New York City

Ingredients

Salt, pinch
1 oz lime juice
.75 oz Chai Syrup*
1.25 oz Banhez Mezcal
.75 oz Libelula Joven Tequila (or silver tequila of choice)
2 whole star anise for garnish

Instructions

Add all measured ingredients. Fill shaker with ice. Shake very well. Fill rocks glass with ice and strain into glass. Garnish with anise to serve.

*Chai syrup: Combine 1 quart water, 1 Tbsp whole allspice berries, .5 Tbsp whole cloves, 8 whole star anise, 3 inches fresh ginger rough chopped, 1 Tbsp whole black peppercorns, .5 Tbsp whole cardamom, 8 cinnamon sticks, and .5 Tbsp vanilla extract in a pot and boil. Then allow to simmer for 20 minutes, remove from heat, add 6 black tea bags and steep for 15 minutes. Add .75 quart sugar. Can refrigerate for up to 6 weeks.

By Gretchen Thomas of Bartaco restaurants

Ingredients

2 oz Santo Reposado
1 oz Hibiscus Tea
.5 oz Agave
.75 oz Lime Juice
.25 cup Fresh Cilantro Leaves with Tender Stems
Ice

Instructions

Brew Hibiscus tea and let cool. In a cocktail shaker with ice add tequila, hibiscus tea, agave, lime juice and fresh cilantro. Shake for 30 seconds. Double strain into a cocktail glass filled with ice.


Non-Alcoholic Summer Drinks with Recipes

So here are some chilled non-alcoholic beverages with recipes that you can enjoy during summer without much effort:

1. Refreshing Watermelon Lime Slushie

Watermelon lime slushie is one of the most popular summer drinks. This drink carries the sweetness of watermelon, subtle tartness of lime and the chilliness of crushed ice. It is refreshing, healthy and above all, it is easy to make. You’ll be amazed to see how a little amount of effort can give you this healthy and delicious slushie and also it does not need too many ingredients.

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Take the ingredients and place them in a blender. Blend the ingredients until the ice gets totally crushed and has no lumps of watermelon.

The amount of lemon juice to be used depends on how tangy you want the slushie to be. You can also add sweeteners if you want the watermelon lime slushie to be sweeter.

2. Mint Lemonade

Who doesn’t like to drink cold and refreshing lemonade in the hot summer? There are only quite a few people who don’t like lemonade. Mint lemonade is a lemonade with a touch of mint. It is perfect for hot summer days. I really like how the mint adds soothing flavor to the little sweet, little tangy lemonade. And the lemon juice is healthy for our body as it cleanses and alkalizes the body. Mint lemonade for me is a refreshing summer drink and a detox water. Isn’t it amazing? A drink which helps to beat the heat and at the same time removes toxins from your body.

Ingredients:

  • Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • Thin slices of lemon for garnishing
  • Mint leaves
  • Ice cubes and water
  • Honey (or any other sweetener)

Instructions:

  1. Put the lemon juice, mint leaves, and ice cubes in the pitcher.
  2. Add water to the mixture.
  3. Put honey and then stir.
  4. Garnish your drink with lemon slices.

If you want your mint lemonade to be more chilled, you can store it in the fridge for 1-2 hours and enjoy it later with your family and friends.

3. Sparkling Cranberry Kiss at home

Orange and cranberry when combined together with ginger ale, gives a tart yet sweet taste that everyone loves. This is another favorite drink of mine. Yes, it is famous as a party drink but it doesn’t always have to be a party drink. It is non-alcoholic which means anyone can enjoy this drink. The little tangy and little sweetness of this punch is perfect and with the addition of cold ice, we get an amazing summer drink that can easily freshen everyone creating a lively ambiance.

Ingredients:

  • Ginger ale – 3 cups
  • Cranberry Juice – 6 cups
  • Orange Juice – 1 1 ⁄2 cups
  • Ice cubes
  • Fresh cranberries for decoration

Instructions:

  1. Combine the cranberry juice with orange juice in a pitcher.
  2. Add ginger ale and give it a good stir.
  3. Put ice cubes, top it with fresh cranberries and serve.

If desired, you can garnish this drink with orange slices, wedges or the way you like and enjoy your sparkling cranberry kiss at home.

4. Little-Sweet Orange Juice Spritzer

I know sometimes we all want a soft drink which is sweet but not too sweet. This is perfect for such times. This can be the best alternative for those people who are trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Actually, spritzer is a drink which is usually made with white wine and sparkling water or carbonated water. But since we are talking about the non-alcoholic and family-friendly drink, we replace wine with 100% orange juice. This easy-to-make drink goes perfectly well with any meal, party or as a refreshing drink.

Ingredients:

  • 100% Orange Juice (chilled)
  • Carbonated water or Sparkling Mineral Water
  • Orange Slices or Wedges for garnishing (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Pour the chilled orange juice and carbonated water in a pitcher.
  2. Stir it well and serve.
  3. Optional – If you’re not too lazy, use the orange slices to garnish your drink and enjoy a restaurant served like the drink at home.

The proportion of the orange juice and carbonated water is something that depends on your taste and is all about making your own recipe. And you can also add ice cubes if you want to drink icy drink.

5. Homemade Pink Lemonade

In summer, it’s very important to keep yourself cool and active. But the way you are keeping yourself cool is also an important part. So here I have an awesome idea to stay cool. This pink lemonade will help to stay cool and fresh. When I say pink, I don’t mean adding any food color. Good health is what we must maintain during hot summer so the pink drink you make at home must be no-food-color drink. Pink lemonade is a mixture of sharp and sweet flavors- tangy yet sweet.

Ingredients:

  • Lemon juice – freshly squeezed
  • Cranberry juice
  • Granulated sugar
  • Water
  • Ice cubes

Instructions:

  1. In a pitcher, take the freshly extracted lemon juice and add water to your taste.
  2. Add sugar syrup to the mixture of the lemon juice and water. (You can make it as sweet as you want)
  3. For making it pink, add cranberry juice to the mixture until it gets pink.
  4. Add ice cubes to make it more chilled.
  5. You can also garnish this drink with lemon slices or wedges.

How to make sugar syrup:

  1. Take equal amount of sugar and water in a saucepan and heat the ingredients until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  2. Give it a good boil and then remove heat.
  3. Let it cool.

Sugar syrup is the best sweetener when it comes to homemade cold beverages. This can also be used in your coffee, tea, cocktails and more.

6. Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee

Iced Coffee is my personal summer drink. Iced coffee is a coffee that has been chilled and served with lots of ice cubes. It is refreshing, energizing and healthy due to the caffeine content which gives you energy and also brings mental alertness. If you’re thinking iced coffee is difficult to make or it takes a lot of time, then you’re wrong. It is one of the most easy-to-make drinks and only takes few minutes to prepare. As for the sweetness, you can add sugar or mix it with any flavored sweetener.

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Take a tall jar and fill it with ice cubes.
  2. Pour the cold-brewed coffee in the glass and add the sweetened condensed milk.
  3. Stir it well and enjoy chilled iced coffee!

Instead of using tall glass, you can also use a mason jar to serve this summer beverage.

How to make Cold-Brewed Coffee:

To cold brew coffee, you will need

  • Coffee
  • Water
  1. Put coffee in a glass or jar, add water to it and stir well.
  2. Cover the glass or jar and leave it for a night.
  3. Use a paper coffee filter or fine sieve to strain the coffee from the mixture.

In this cold-brewed coffee is prepared. This coffee can be refrigerated for about 24 hours.

7. Pineapple Ginger Sparkler

If you’re someone who likes a tangy, fizzy yet sweet drink, I recommend you to try Pineapple Ginger Sparkle. I’m sure you will love it. This drink is perfect for spring and summer. It consists of the sweetness of pineapple and has the tanginess of ginger ale. The non-alcoholic ginger ale tastes gingery but not-too-strong gingery. The spiciness of the ginger ale and the sweetness of the pineapple blends perfectly and allows you to enjoy a delicious and refreshing drink.

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Take a pitcher and combine chilled ginger ale and chilled pineapple juice in equal proportion.
  2. Give it a good stir and pour it into your serving glass.
  3. Before you serve, add ice cubes to make it more chilled and top it with ginger slices.

If you want to make it taste sharper, you can add lemon juice to it. You can also use orange slices or fresh basil leaves for dressing your drink.

8. Mango Mule

What is better than a refreshing drink made of the best summer fruit – mango? When the nutrient-rich mango is mixed with the sharp-flavored ginger ale and lime juice, it becomes the excellent tasting mango mule. The good part about this drink is you won’t need any additional sweeteners. Those beautifully ripened mangoes add sweetness to your drink. At the same time, the stingy ginger ale and the freshly squeezed lime juice adds sourness to the drink.

Ingredients:

  • Mango puree
  • Ginger ale
  • Freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Mango slices or lime wheel for garnish (optional)
  • Ice cubes

Instructions:

  1. Put mango puree, ginger ale, lime juice and ice cubes in a pitcher.
  2. Stir it well and transfer in the serving glass.
  3. Garnish it with it mango slice or lime wheel and enjoy an icy drink.

You can garnish your drink with orange or lime wedges.

9. Ginger Peach Soda

Here is another ginger flavored summer drink. But in this drink, something ingredients are different. Instead of bottled ginger ale, it uses homemade ginger syrup. Ginger syrup is quite easy to make. It needs sugar and minced ginger. This drink is comparatively healthier than those drinks which use bottled ginger ale or bottled juice. The fresh peach used in this drink makes it tastier and healthier.

Ingredients:

  • Sugar – 1 cup
  • 2 ripe peaches – halved, pitted and then sliced
  • Fresh minced ginger – 2 tablespoons
  • Soda water – 2 liters
  • Ice cubes
  • Fresh mint leaves for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Firstly, distribute the sliced peach evenly among your serving glasses and press them gently with the back of a spoon to release the juice out of it.
  2. Add the ginger simple syrup to every glasses.
  3. Then place ice cubes, top it with soda water and mix them well.
  4. Garnish your drink with mint leaves(optional).

How to make ginger simple syrup:

  1. Take a medium saucepan and keep it over a medium-low heat.
  2. Pour 1 cup of water, minced ginger and sugar in the saucepan and let it boil gently stirring the mixture until the sugar gets dissolved.
  3. Now remove the ginger simple syrup from heat, cover it and let it cool for about 30 minutes.
  4. In order to remove ginger from the syrup, take a fine-mesh sieve and pour the mixture through it, pressing minced ginger with the back of a spoon.
  5. Transfer the syrup to a jar, cover it and then refrigerate. This syrup can be stored and used for about 2 weeks.

10. Minty Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer is the best when it comes to non-alcoholic summer beverage. It is the combination of iced tea and lemonade. And when you add some mint leaves to this classic drink, it becomes Minty Arnold Palmer. Adding mint to Arnold Palmer gives this drink a refreshing and soothing taste. The classic Arnold Plamer uses unsweetened iced tea, however, you can add sugar or syrup to make it sweet.

Ingredients:

  • Mint leaves
  • Fresh lemonade – 1/2 cup
  • Unsweetened ice tea – 1/2 cup
  • Ice
  • Sugar (if you want to drink sweet minty Arnold Palmer)
  • Lemon wedges or mint sprigs for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Take few mint leaves in a tall glass and using a spoon, crush the mint between the glass and the spoon until you get the oil coming out of the leaves.
  2. Then add lots of ice to the glass.
  3. Add lemonade and unsweetened iced tea into the glass and give it a good stir.
  4. Top the drink with lemon wedges, mint sprigs or both.
  5. If you want to make it sweet, you can add sugar to the lemonade or add syrup right into the drink.

11. Apple Cucumber Mint Smoothie

What’s better than starting off your day with some healthy and delicious? This apple cucumber mint smoothie is delicious and is filled with nutritious ingredients. It is really important to keep your body cool in order to fight the scorching heat. For such times, drinking this drink is beneficial. And adding a smoothie to your breakfast makes you healthy and keeps you full longer.

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Peel the cucumber and slice it and also dice the apple.
  2. Place the diced apple, cucumber, mint leaves and honey in a blender and blend them until they mix properly.
  3. Then add ice cubes and blend it again until the mixture becomes smooth and serve.

12. Cherry-Berry Smoothie

This recipe is for the smoothie lovers. It is easy to make, needs only 4 ingredients and is filled with healthy nutrient-rich fruits. This incredible smoothie is the best way to start off your day. Including it in your breakfast will keep you cool and fresh for the whole day. For this smoothie, I recommend using frozen cherries and frozen berries instead of fresh ones. Frozen fruits will keep the smoothie thick and they are as healthy as fresh fruits.

Ingredients:

  • Frozen cherries – 1/2 cup
  • Frozen Raspberries – 1/2 cup
  • Coconut milk – 1 cup
  • Ice

Instructions:

  1. Add all the ingredients including coconut milk to the blender.
  2. Blend well the mixture becomes smooth and thick.
  3. Then serve and enjoy!

13. Coconut Lavender lemonade

During summer we make lemonade most of the time because it is easy to make and takes very little time. How about giving the classic lemonade a little twist and making something interesting? Coconut Lavender lemonade is quite easy to prepare. The only thing that takes a little time is making the lavender simple syrup. But once the syrup is prepared, you can use it up to 2 weeks. That means you’ll be able to make this refreshing summer beverage more than once.

  • Lemonade
  • Coconut water
  • Lavender Simple Syrup
  • Dried lavender sprigs
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Violet food coloring
  • Lemon slice or mint sprigs for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Combine lemonade, coconut water, and water in a tall glass.
  2. Add lavender simple syrup to the mixture, again stir and serve.
  3. You can garnish your drink with a lemon slice or lavender sprigs.

The amount of lavender simple syrup depends on your personal taste.

  1. Take a saucepan and combine about 2 tbsp of dried lavender, 2 cups of sugar and 1.5 cups of water.
  2. On a high heat, boil it for about 1 minute.
  3. Remove heat and cover it for about 25 minutes.
  4. Then using a fine mesh sieve, strain the lavender from the syrup and let the syrup cool.
  5. Then add few drops of violet food coloring to the syrup and your lavender simple syrup is ready.

14.Raspberry Lemonade Spritzer

Do you want to make a drink which is delicious and at the same time beautiful to look at? If your answer is yes, then it is a must-try drink. One sip of raspberry lemonade spritzer and it will you fall in love with this drink. It has got the good taste and the beautiful raspberry color. This summer refresher is also a perfect drink for parties and family gatherings.

Ingredients:

  • Seltzer – 2 cups
  • Fresh raspberries – 2/3 cup
  • Lemonade
  • Mint leaves
  • Simple syrup – 3 ounces
  • Ice

Instructions:

  1. Take a tall glass and put raspberries and simple syrup in it.
  2. Take a muddler and muddle.
  3. Then add mint leaves, ice cubes, lemonade and spritzer to the muddled berries.
  4. Top it with some whole berries, mint and lemon slices.
  5. Stir well and serve.

Final Words

These refreshing summer beverages are amazingly tasty and healthy. And they are even easy to make and only require few ingredients. You will be able to make these awesome drinks at home in no time. So, try making these refreshing drinks and fight the heat!


Whiskey Drinks

Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned is one of those drinks that prove that a cocktail doesn't need to be complicated to be good. Booze, sugar, and bitters are all you need bourbon and rye are pretty standard, but you can also experiment with other spirits, especially good aged tequila or rum.

This recipe keeps its distance from fussy fruit and soda water, but if you slip in a Luxardo cherry and an orange peel and gently press 'em with your muddler before adding the whiskey, we won't tell.

Frisco Sour

Bénédictine is sweet and herbal, and it's wonderful with whiskey. (And you can stop there, actually, if you want. Just mix a few ounces of rye with a quarter ounce of Bénédictine and a dash or two of bitters for a variation on the Old Fashioned the Bénédictine replaces the simple syrup and enlivens the cocktail, adding all sorts of herbal flavors.) But if you want something a little more bright and bracing, you'll need a lemon, too. In the Frisco Sour, spicy rye stars and the Bénédictine adds interest, while the citrus cuts through and keeps things dry.

Boulevardier

It's probably the best-known Negroni variation, but the Boulevardier deserves a spotlight of its own. This combo of whiskey with Campari and sweet vermouth is one of the most delicious simple drinks we know. Try it with both rye and bourbon, and see which way you like it.

Man About Town

If I had to choose between a classic Negroni and a Boulevardier, I'd lean toward the brown-spirited one. If you feel the same way, I urge you to try this rye variation on the cocktail, from Gramercy Tavern in New York. Instead of Campari, it calls for vegetal, bittersweet Cynar. It's a deep, rich drink, with a punch of rye spice and a lush, bitter finish.

Manhattan

Spicy rye meets sweet vermouth in this old-school cocktail. Yes, you can make it with bourbon, too, but you'll want a bourbon with rye in the mash bill and a slightly higher proof. Angostura bitters bring each element together you can garnish with a nice brandied cherry (no fluorescent red ones, please!) or an aromatic lemon twist.

Rob Roy

You don't need to use fancy (and pricey) single-malt Scotch for this variation on the Manhattan any decent blended Scotch will meld nicely with rich sweet vermouth and spicy Angostura.

Not a big fan of vermouth? It could be that you've tasted only oxidized bottles. Grab a fresh one and be sure to store it properly—in the fridge, for up to one month.

Gold Rush

Ever had a Bee's Knees? It's a great simple gin sour made with honey. If you lean more toward bourbon than gin, though, give this a try—it's the same thing, more or less, but made rich with whiskey.

Blushing Betty

Have you ever tried slicing a juicy grapefruit in half, sprinkling it with sugar, and sliding it under the broiler? You end up with something tangy and bright, but also rich and caramelized—flavors we've captured in this simple drink. Even better, there's no broiler work required: Bourbon adds the toasty caramel notes that deepen the fresh grapefruit flavor nicely.

Moto Guzzi

I'm a little obsessed with Punt e Mes, an Italian vermouth that has a streak of unrelenting bitterness along with rich winey flavors. It's great stuff on its own, so it doesn't need much to make a great mixed drink. Paired with an equal measure of high-proof bourbon, it's the easiest Manhattan variation you can make, no extra bitters required.


SUMMER FLING

“Junipero Gin is particularly great in a G&T, which is a perfect cocktail to make when you’re quarantined, by the way. It’s just two nonperishable ingredients—plus whatever fresh or creative garnishes you have at your disposal.” —Katie Stryjewski, cocktail blogger (@garnish_girl)

Ingredients :

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Method : Combine gin and kiwi berries in a glass and muddle lightly. Fill glass with ice and top with tonic water. Sprinkle in peppercorns and stir gently. Garnish with kiwi berries and edible flowers.

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ORANGE BEET MINT JULEP

“I believe that cocktails should be easy to make and that they taste best when the ingredients are fresh. When combined with a simple syrup, a good bourbon, and fresh mint, it makes the perfect summer cocktail. It’s bold, but smooth: a good stiff cocktail that just might help to chase away the social distancing blues. You can have the juice delivered and then add mint to your grocery pick-up order. Make the simple syrup with granulated sugar and water. What can be easier than that? This cocktail is a fresh new twist on an old classic.” —Kim Daniels, professional food photographer and recipe developer, owner of The Every Day Gourmet in Camden, South Carolina

3 oz. Natalie’s orange-beet juice

1–2 oz. Jefferson’s Very Small Batch Bourbon

Mint or orange slices for garnishing

Method: Fill a 12 oz. glass (approximate) or mint julep cup with crushed ice. Add in orange-beet juice, bourbon, and mint simple syrup. Top with club soda. Stir to combine. Garnish with mint leaves or an orange slice—or both. Makes one drink.

*For the Mint Simple Syrup: In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, and ½ cup mint. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar, and then remove from heat. Let the mixture steep for 15 minutes. Strain it into a bottle or jar. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

TEQUILA OLD FASHIONED

“The old fashioned is a cocktail typically made by muddling sugar with Angostura bitters, then adding alcohol (originally whiskey), and a twist of citrus. But you can substitute whatever spirit or garnish you prefer (or have available) to customize this cocktail. I incorporated my favorite spirit, tequila, for a Mexican take on the old fashioned for summer. I had no idea that another spirit could be swapped for whiskey and still constitute an old fashioned—let alone tequila! I love fresh grapefruit with my tequila, so I immediately fell in love with this take. It’s also incredibly easy to make.” —John Philp Thompson, blogger at Risky Jackal (@johnphilp3)

Ingredients:

2 dashes Angostura bitters

Method: Add ingredients to an ice-filled mixing glass. Stir well. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Express the oils from the grapefruit rind over the drink, then use as garnish.

SUMMER SUNSET

“Time to transport yourself out of quarantine with just one sip of this summer sunset cocktail. My travels to Mexico inspired this recipe. And I thought, especially during this time, there’s no better way to ‘escape’ than through sipping this gorgeous umbrella cocktail. I’ve been making simple but fun cocktails at home d uring this crazy time— and this one only has three ingredients. The base spirit is Seagram’s Extra Smooth Vodka—an American-made and affordable brand—combined with pink grapefruit juice and grenadine. Even though we are in quarantine, we can still celebrate summer with fun umbrella cocktails. Cheers!” —Natalie Migliarini, founder of Beautiful Booze

Ingredients:

2 oz. of Seagram’s Extra Smooth

Grapefruit and umbrella garnish

Method: Add grenadine to a highball glass. In a separate shaker, add grapefruit juice and Seagram’s Extra Smooth with ice. Shake and strain over fresh ice into the highball glass with grenadine. Garnish with a grapefruit slice and umbrella.

WALK SOFTLY

“Haku is perfectly soft and supple with a delicate hint of sweetness thanks to the base ingredient (rice) and the bamboo charcoal filtration process. I love mixing simply with this vodka and Walk Softly is one of my favorite light and refreshing cocktails. A yuzu-imbued Japanese saké complements the rice-based vodka while introducing a bright and citrusy-note. The Champagne—if you don't have it, that’s ok, but may I venture to say that this cocktail is a great excuse to get a bottle for sipping and mixing! Please note that this cocktail is easily scaled up. Mix ingredients in that crystal cocktail pitcher sitting your shelf and treat yourself with this simple summer stunner.” —Julia Momose, partner and creative director at Kumiko, Chicago

Ingredients:

0.75 part Dolin dry vermouth

0.5 part yuzushu (yuzu sake)

1.5 parts Haku Japanese vodka

Method: Combine in a shaker tin. Shake until chilled and aerated. Fine strain into a chilled coupe. Finish with a splash of Champagne and a lemon twist.

SMOKE & MIRRORS

“Quarantine means essentially, to be isolated. When the word isolation comes up, there are only two things that come to my mind: Isolating to players on a basketball court so they can go at it one-on-one or being on a private island drinking piña coladas by the shore. Obviously, everyone wants the latter, so I decided to do a riff on a piña colada with a personal twist. As a kid raised by my Dominican grandmother while mom was working, my grandmother would make me and my sister a creamsicle-like slushy on those unbearable summer days in New Jersey. Having limited ingredients at home but wanting to feel like I’m elsewhere, I came up with the idea of Smoke & Mirrors by using canned coconut milk, sugar, fresh orange and lemon juice to mimic that creamsicle flavor. The notes of honey, vanilla, and nutmeg in Johnnie Walker Red Label pair perfectly with these ingredients to give you a bold tasting creamsicle or a smoked piña colada. Up to you how you’d like to enjoy as long as you do so responsibly. Cheers!” —Richard Mejia, head bartender at Broken Shaker, Miami Beach, Florida

Ingredients :

1.5 oz Johnnie Walker Red Label

Method : In a shaker, shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass over ice. Garnish with an orange slice

EASY COME, EASY GO

“This is the perfect cocktail to make while being stuck at home during this quarantine. It utilizes several simple ingredients everyone should already have in their home. Frozen fruit, cucumber, sugar, and citrus. Starward Australian Whisky is easy to find, along with St-Germain. Both are readily available in most liquor stores throughout the country. The drink reminds me of my childhood, growing up in the South—sitting on my front porch watching the rainfall on a hot summer evening. We grew up picking fresh blueberries and strawberries every summer. My mother would make fresh blueberry-iced tea—and I'm pretty sure she spiked hers with whiskey! Sipping on this cocktail took me right back to those summers in the South, running barefoot in the rain with my brother and sister while my parents got wasted on the front porch. And it certainly took my mind off being stuck inside on my couch with Netflix yet again. The word that came to mind was ‘easy.’ Thus the name.” —William Talbott, beverage manager at The Standard, High Line, New York City

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. Starward Two-Fold Whisky

Method: Muddle the cucumber wheel in a shaker. Add the remaining ingredients with ice. Shake and fine-strain into a rocks glass over cubed ice. Garnish with a cucumber ribbon.

*For the Blueberry Syrup: Toast 1 cinnamon stick on a pan until aromatized. Add to pot filled with 1 cup frozen blueberries, 2 or 3 frozen whole strawberries, 1 cup white sugar, and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and let simmer for ten minutes. Allow syrup to cool for several hours, then fine-strain through a chinois or cheese cloth. Keep refrigerated for up to one week.

REFRIDGE-RAIDER SMASH

“Do you ever buy a container pre-cut assorted fruit variety for the summer? I always eat my favorites and am left with the underrated Cantaloupe and honeydew melons. This is the perfect melon-forward summer cocktail to utilize the forgotten refrigerator fruits!” —Kait Whitenack, cultural ambassador at Bulleit

Ingredients:

0.5 oz. simple syrup (agave, honey, or any sweetener on hand will do!)

Lavender sprig (from garden, for garnish!)

Method: Place all ingredients into a tin shaker with ice (feel free to substitute with any fruit you have lying around)! Shake it like a Polaroid picture until the ice is nice and smashed. Double strain the cocktail into a rocks glass. I added crushed ice for the supreme summertime feel. Garnish with lavender or your garden favorite and enjoy!

TREE FROG

“I first made this drink for Earth Day, because of Novo Fogo cachaca’s commitment to sustainability but also because the drink and color itself screams summer. It’s made with ingredients that you can find at the local liquor store, but also what’s interesting about it is the contrasting flavors of the bitter Aperol with the sweetness of Cherry Heering play really well together with the complementary flavors of cachaça and lime juice. The drink in general takes me back to my childhood in Colorado, where I grew up playing and fighting with my siblings on a regular basis—much like the ingredients. We’d be fighting one minute over something and the next we’ll be hugging and laughing like nothing ever happened.” —Lucinda Sterling, managing partner at Middle Branch and Seaborne, New York City

Ingredients:

1 oz. Novo Fogo Silver Cachaça

0.75 oz. Cherry Heering liqueur

Method: Combine all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously until very cold and strain into a cocktail coupe. Garnish with a lime wedge or wheel and enjoy.

ROSÉ DAYS ARE COMING

“This cocktail is the perfect sipper for summer quarantining at home whether you’re with a roomie, a loved one, or alone! Personally, I love the flavor of strawberry but I can’t eat the actual fruit—it’s a long story that involves emergency dental surgery. Now I can only enjoy the flavor in drinks. And strawberries are abundant and delicious during these months. It’s the perfect ingredient and readily available, even during quarantine, at the grocery store. All of these ingredients scream summertime to me. My usual drink is El Tesoro blanco or reposado neat with a little ‘rosé-back,’ as I like to call it. So this is also a comfort drink for me. It’s important to have things that bring a small measure of comfort and joy during these tough times and this cocktail is definitely that for me!” —Cari Hah, bar manager at Big Bar, Los Angeles

Ingredients:

2 parts El Tesoro Reposado

1–2 fresh strawberries washed hulled and cut into halves

Garnish: a cocktail coupe rimmed with sugar-and-salt rim

Method: Prep the glass by running a lime wedge around the top of the cocktail coupe, then dip the coupe into a mixture of sea salt and sugar (about half and half) to rim the top of the glass. Set aside. Muddle the strawberries in the bottom of a shaker add all the liquid ingredients to shaker. Fill the shaker with ice and shake until chilled. Double strain into the rimmed cocktail coupe and Enjoy!

*For the Rosé Syrup: Mix 2 parts of your favorite rosé with 2 parts of granulated sugar. Mix until dissolved.

THE NORTHCOTT MARGARITA

“I love the Ferrand Dry Curaçao for the silky texture and the real citrus flavor without the cloying sweetness of other curaçaos. To me it tastes like the smell of peeling fresh oranges and to that point, what separates a good margarita from a bad margarita is how fresh it tastes. To me I find that if I'm going to drink a margarita it's because I'm looking for something refreshing and citric and the Ferrand Curaçao helps in achieving both.” —PJ Wagner, liquor chef at The Northcott Liquorette, Naperville, Illinois

Ingredients:

0.5 oz. Ferrand Dry Curaçao

0.75 oz. agave or flavored syrup (mango and vanilla cucumber and cilantro)

Method: Shake all ingredients. Fine strain and serve up or over ice. Garnish with lime peel.

SAGAMORE SELTZER

“Sometimes the simplest recipe can be the most satisfying. That’s the case with the Sagamore Seltzer, a perfect warm-weather cocktail that only calls for three ingredients you probably already have at home. This is an especially good choice for hard seltzer fans looking for something a little stronger this summer—or for anyone looking to keep the calorie count low.” —Rachel Fontana, employee No. 2 and cocktail expert at Sagamore Spirit, Baltimore member at Women Who Whiskey

Ingredients:

2 oz. Sagamore Spirit rye whiskey

Squeeze of fresh orange juice

0.5 oz. simple syrup (optional)

Method: Mix 2 ounces of Sagamore Spirit Signature Rye Whiskey with your favorite seltzer. Pour over a Collins glass filled with ice. Add a citrus garnish of your choosing.

ITALIAN RIVIERA

“Cucumber, sea salt, and a bitter aperitivo like Aperol are unexpected but simply perfect companions in flavor. I wanted to created a memorable twist on a spritz as I so often aim to do. This one is bubbly, bitter, and a touch savory. While pregnant, I enjoyed cucumbers and salt as a snack—I added the Aperol as soon as I could imbibe again!” —Amanda Victoria, founder of Aperitif Hour

Ingredients:

3 parts Fever-Tree Refreshingly Light Cucumber

Method: Add Aperol to a highball glass, add ice, and top with Fever-Tree Refreshingly Light Cucumber. Garnish with thin cucumber slices and a crack of sea salt.

BARBARY PUNCH

“This punch recipe is mildly sweet and nicely boozy—combining refreshing, light, and fruity flavors all while bringing the ambiance of summer right to your glass. Not only is it easy to make, but this recipe calls for readily accessible ingredients you may already have in your pantry! Argonaut’s bright and fruit-forward notes make it a personal favorite to add to any seasonal cocktail: It celebrates both warm weather and the approaching summer season.” —Scott Richardson, Argonaut national brand ambassador

Ingredients:

24 oz. Argonaut brandy of choice

Method: Add ingredients into a punch bowl with large ice cubes and stir together to combine. Garnish each cocktail with a fresh pineapple, a brandied cherry or fine Amarena cherry, and a lime wheel.

50:50 BATCHED FREEZER MARTINI

“ There’s nothing more civilized than an ice-cold martini. And when you’ve been in the same hoodie for a month, you could most certainly use some civility. We also need things to be accessible and convenient—and this recipe could not be any easier to prepare. The Dukes' martini is the quintessential undiluted freezer martini. But I prefer this more balanced version of a 50:50 martini. It allows the navy strength gin to equally share the workload with a nice vermouth. If you don’t have these two ingredients at home, check with your favorite local cocktail bar and see if they are offering spirits for sale via delivery or pickup. ” —Houston Eaves, beverage director at The Esquire Tavern, San Antonio, Texas

Ingredients:

750 ml. bottle of navy strength gin (like Hayman’s Royal Dock)

1 bottle of dry vermouth (recommended: Dolin Dry)

Castelvetrano olives (optional)

Method: Wash hands for 20 seconds! Empty half of one bottle into a clean measuring cup, pour half of the other bottle into that bottle to fill it, and then what's in the measuring cup back in the other bottle to fill that one. Put both full bottles in the freezer. Wait a couple hours, then pour yourself a martini. Express the oil of a lemon peel over the drink for enhanced aromatics. ( Optional: enjoy some castelvetrano olives on the side—or add some olive juice to your mix to taste.)

THE ELDERFLOWER SOUR

“The elderflower sour is the perfect refreshing cocktail for summer sipping. It’s also low-ABV. The sourness of the lime and orange bitters is complemented by the fruit-forward, citrus, and floral flavors of St-Germain elderflower liqueur for a balanced and fresh taste. And, with only four ingredients, this incredibly delicious cocktail is also super easy to make!” —Earlecia Gibb, brand ambassador at St-Germain

Ingredients :

2 oz. St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur

1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice

0.25 oz. pasteurized egg white

1 dash orange bitters (optional)

Method: Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into another shaker. Shake again without ice and strain into ice-filled glass.

APATHY SUPERSTAR

“This cocktail is tropical, refreshing, and balanced. Apathy can typically be viewed as negative—but because all these ingredients shine so brightly on their own, they do a great job pairing together without even knowing it.” —Tony Juarez, mixologist at Masters Kitchen and Cocktail, San Diego, California

Ingredients :

2 oz. Denizen Aged White 3 Year Rum

3 salted watermelon chunks

Method: Mix all ingredients in a shaker. Pour into a tiki mug and top with crushed ice. Garnish with a lemon wheel or a pineapple frond.

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“The Rosa reminds me of an elevated Paloma—using blanco tequila, Campari, Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto liqueur, and fresh grapefruit juice. It’s a cocktail that’s easy to make at home, but sure to impress. Also: The grapefruit juice really gives it that summer feel.” —Elmer Mejicanos, bar manager at Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco

Ingredients:

0.5 oz. Italicus Rosolio di Bergamotto

2 oz. fresh grapefruit juice

Method: Add all ingredients into a shaker. Add ice. Shake really hard for about 9 seconds. Strain into a Collins glass and top with ice. Garnish with a grapefruit slice and enjoy!

MEZCAL MANHATTAN

“The Manhattan is one of those classic cocktails of which its versatility makes it so seductive. Spirit forward, but sweet and balanced, this 3-part cocktail can be done with any number of substitutions for both the spirit and the cordial. Equal parts delicious, whether based with Mezcal, Rye, Tequila or Bourbon, you can also mess around with amaro and in place of the sweet vermouth (depending on the spirit you choose). While many of us crave to ignite our senses these days as we are stuck at home, few things will be as satisfying as finding your 'sweet spot' with The Manhattan.” —Sean Parson, bar director at La Esquina, New York City

Ingredients:

2 oz. Doña Vega Espadín Mezcal

1 oz. sweet vermouth (we like Dolin)

3 dashes Angostura bitters

Method: Mix all ingredients in a shaker and add ice. Stir for 15 rotations and strain into desired glass. Can be served “up” or on the rocks. Garnish with a charred orange peel, maraschino cherry, or a brandy cherry.

DOVETAIL MOON

“When I was writing my book, I did so in stints 6 to 9 hours at a time. My favorite thing was a cocktail to reward myself when done. This one is meant to be crushable and vibrant and refreshing and rewarding. Celebratory and tart!” —Ivy Mix, author of Spirits of Latin America, cofounder at Leyenda, New York City

Ingredients:

1.5 parts El Tesoro Blanco

0.75 part grapefruit juice

1 part Topo Chico Twist of Grapefruit

Method: Muddle lime juice, salt and superfine sugar in a ball jar. Add ice and other ingredients except for Topo Chico shake and strain into a glass. Top with Topo Chico Grapefruit and enjoy.

CITRUS SPRITZ

“Nothing tempers the heat of summer quite like a spritz and citrus. Cool, light, and refreshing, the citrus spritz provides a bubbly thirst-quenching reminder that summer is still a season to relax and enjoy time with friends (even through Zoom or the phone). I find it perfect for summer quarantine life, since it reminds me of life before COVID-19. Its ingredients are easy to find and it calls for time and patience to create—a welcome project for cocktail enthusiasts in need of a DIY project.” —Miki Nikolic, bar director at The Double Dealer, New Orleans, Louisiana

Ingredients:

2.5 oz. homemade limoncello*

Method: In a wine glass filled with ice, combine ingredients and stir until cold, garnish with lemon twist.

*For the Homemade Limoncello: Combine peel of fifteen lemons with two 750 ml. bottles of 100 proof vodka. (Cut off white pith from lemons, cut them in small chunks, and add to vodka.) Let it sit for four weeks. After four weeks, add four cups to four cups of boiling water. Let it cool off and add it to mixture. Stir and let it sit for another four weeks. After four weeks, strain and enjoy.

POR LA PLAYA

“As summer comes rolling in, I can't help but think of the late-night cookouts, days by the beach, and sunny days in Mexico that I’m missing while in quarantine. So, I created the drink Por la Playa (which translates to: For/By the Beach) to give you a summertime taste no matter where you are. This drink was inspired from a love of grapefruit soda as a child—something commonly found in Mexican culture when thinking of cooling down on a hot day. I chose to use El Tesoro Reposado, which has spice and mint notes from its aging in bourbon barrels, to brighten up the syrups, while the vanilla notes of the tequila complement the pineapple.” —Jose Gonzalez, bar lead at Midnight Rambler and cofounder of Los Tlacuaches Collective, Dallas, Texas

Ingredients:

0.25 parts pineapple syrup*

1 Fresh pineapple (or pineapple juice) and granulated sugar

0.25 parts grapefruit fruit oleo* (2 grapefruits + 100g granulated sugar)

2 parts El Tesoro Reposado

1 part Club Soda (approximately—used to top with)

Method: Add El Tesoro Reposado, pinch of salt, pineapple syrup, and grapefruit oleo to shaker. Top with ice and shake. Strain into a glass with ice. Top with club soda. Garnish with pineapples leaves and grapefruit twist.

*For the Pineapple Syrup: While using pineapple juice and mixing in equal parts sugar is easiest, a fresh pineapple could be used for 2 or 3 purposes! Method 1: First, juice the pineapple and weigh out juice. Mix equal parts juice with granulated sugar. Strain and bottle keep the pineapple crown for garnish. Method 2: Juice pineapple and set aside. Keep the rinds and put in small pot add enough water cover an inch above the pineapple. Boil for 5-8 minutes, then let simmer for 45 minutes, macerating occasionally. Strain and weigh out juice. Mix equal parts with sugar and bottle. Keep the crown for garnish.

*For the Grapefruit Oleo: Peel 2 grapefruits (About 50 grams) and add 100 grams sugar to Ziplock bag. Remove air and let set overnight. Add 60 grams of hot water and massage bag. Strain and bottle.


HEALTH BENEFITS OF GINGER BEER

Fermented ginger beer has a great deal of health benefits and is commonly used to ease upset stomach, nausea or diarrhea. Ginger is an anti-inflammatory, which can help with migraines, and studies show fresh ginger prevents and fights several types of cancer cells including breast, colon, ovarian, prostate, and lung cancer.

Ginger is also known for cleansing the body of toxic chemicals, easing menstrual cramps, and much more! The probiotics and yeast that grow during the fermentation process help colonize your gut with good bacteria, which helps boost immunity, fight disease, and promotes overall health.


15 Fun and Easy Cocktails You Can Make Using Jack Daniels

Jack Daniels’ Tennessee Whisky is a really interesting product.

First of all, it’s made in the oldest registered distillery in the United States. Another feature totally unique to Jack Daniels is that individual batches are not dated. Instead, master tasters at the distillery test each batch and barrel of whisky to determine its quality.

Although it follows all of the rules required to be classified as a Bourbon, there is an extra step included, which makes Jack Daniels not a bourbon, but a Tennessee Whisky. That final process is to filter the whiskey through maple charcoal before bottling.

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Strangely enough, Jack Daniel’s is actually made in a dry county — yep, it’s totally illegal to sell alcohol there. The Distillery gets around this crazy law by selling bottles of whiskey for ‘decorative’ purposes. Ironically, the Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Distillery is the primary source of revenue for Moore’s County, and the distillery actually employs 371 people six more than Lynchburg’s entire population of only 365 people. Nevertheless, the location of the distillery has certainly not affected the drink’s popularity, with it being a household name around the world.

However, it has to be said that one of the most interesting (and impressive) things about Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey is the fact that it blends well with a huge variety of flavors, making it the perfect addition to almost any cocktail.

1. The Gentleman Jack Mint Julep

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A classic Kentucky cocktail is given a smooth Tennessee twist with the inclusion of double mellowed Gentleman Jack.

2. Lynchburg Lemonade

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This drink is definitely more than just lemonade. It’s a cool and refreshing drink perfect for hot summer days and BBQ evenings. Homemade lemonade will make this drink even more delicious, or try it with this lavender infused lemonade for something a little different.

3. All Jacked Up

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Jack Daniel actually created the silver cornet band to draw crowds to Lynchburg Square and his two saloons, and his passion for music certainly lives on in this recreation of the classic cocktail served at the Hard Rock Cafe. Definitely best paired ‘Hard Rock’ style with a homemade sriracha bacon burger and these mini crispy loaded potato bites.

4. Sweet Tea Smash

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A true southern staple, this drink is yet another perfect for enjoying in the summer sunshine. Plus, with all the potential health and beauty benefits of tea, it’s hard to say no to this one.

5. Gentleman’s Brew

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Whiskey and ginger is a popular combination for a reason. But when you add the indulgent smoothness of Gentleman Jack into the mix, something truly magnificent is created.

6. The Green Destiny

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A drink as vibrant as this one is guaranteed to impress at your next cocktail party. Serve alongside these boozy rainbow shots to continue the colourful theme throughout the evening.

7. Tennessee Mule

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A twist on the well-known Moscow Mule, this drink is traditionally served in a copper mug because it keeps the drink colder for longer without watering it down with too much ice.

8. Cherry Whiskey Smash

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The combination of tart cherry juice, sweet, almondy amaretto and a hit of Jack Daniels Whiskey creates a cocktail that goes down far too easily .

9. Jack Daniels Manhattan

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Probably one of the most famous cocktails around, the Manhattan cocktail is a standard drink at almost every cocktail bar in existence. There are so many ways to mix up this classic drink. You can create a Rob Roy simply by swapping out the Jack Daniels for Scotch, or make a Cuban Manhattan with rum instead of whiskey.

10. The Jack-O-Lantern

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Here is a drink that proves Halloween is not just for kids. For more spooky ways to get drunk on Halloween, click here.

11. Coconut Jack

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This is the ideal cocktail for sipping on a beach in the Caribbean sunshine. But, if like me you can’t travel quite that far this summer, it’s also okay to enjoy this one at a summer themed party or bbq at home.

12. Whiskey Sour

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The whiskey sour has a long history, being one of the original drinks in the now iconic Jerry Thomas’ Bartender’s Guide from 1862. It was also, at one stage, the official drink of the 184-year-old Jefferson Literary and Debating Society at the University of Virginia. However, it’s ancient roots does not mean that this is a drink for frumpy old men. In fact, quite the opposite is true, the whiskey sour is definitely timeless and classy, particulary when made with Jack Daniels.

13. Jack Daniels Root Canal

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The clue is in the name with this one, a super sugary drink that should definitely be enjoyed sparingly. The addition of ice cream to jack daniels makes this the perfect drink to be enjoyed in place of a dessert.

14. Blue Bandana Shots

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Everyone loves shots at a party, and these are no exception. The addition of Blue Curacao gives this drink its fantastically bright colour, and makes the strong hit of Jack Daniels quite a surprise.

15. Hot Blooded

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While it might seem an unusual concoction, this jalapeno, Jack Daniels, and blood orange cocktail will certainly tingle your tastebuds, in a good way. If you can’t get enough of the spicy and sweet combo, try this spicy margarita.


19 Refreshing Frozen Drinks to Cool You Down This Summer

Picture this: It's a hot day, and you've just finished gardening. Now it's time to relax on your porch or by your pool. You're looking for something cool and refreshing to drink. You could reach for a beer or a summer cocktail, but maybe you want to kick things up a notch. After all, you worked hard! You want a drink that's really cold and is a real treat. Maybe something that even deserves a beachy caption on Instagram, even if you're in your own backyard!

In short, you want a frozen cocktail. Whether we're talking daiquiri, margarita, or something altogether more interesting, frozen cocktails are just a little looser, more relaxed, and less buttoned-up than their on-the-rocks brethren. But don't let the crushed ice and fancy garnishes fool you: You don't need to be sitting in front of a professional bartender (or be one) to have a great drink&mdashand you don't need to buy a lot of pre-made drink mixers either.

Most of the time, a good frozen drink requires only four things: alcohol, ice, fresh citrus juice, and a sweetener. Oh, and a good-quality blender doesn't hurt either. Once you've secured all that, these dozen-and-a-half delicious drinks will cause the garden headaches to fade and have you feeling like you're lounging in a beach-side cabana in minutes. Bonus: They're as easy to make as they are delicious.


Lemon Drop

The Lemon Drop first squeezed to life in San Francisco sometime during the 1970s. Its inventor, Norman Jay Hobday, an out-of-work Vietnam vet turned saloon owner, is also credited with opening the country’s first fern bar, a concept that mixed house plants and Tiffany lamps with throngs of upwardly mobile urbanites.

Both were an instant hit. And for two-plus decades, the Lemon Drop dominated cocktail menus from North Beach to Bangkok, hooking a generation of bar patrons on its boozy-tart-sweet mélange of vodka, citrus and sugar. In 2006, Oprah famously served one to Rachael Ray on her show, which is like the ultimate nod of widespread acceptance and further solidified the drink’s place in popular culture.

Some mislabel the Lemon Drop as a Martini. But its closest cocktail kin is actually the Crusta, a New Orleans invention that dates to the 1850s and, like the Lemon Drop, is distinguished by its sugared rim. It may be tempting to save time by skipping this important step, but take the extra minute to coat the rim with sugar. It’s worth the effort, and that first saccharine brush against the lips before the onrush of vodka, lemon and orange fills your mouth is the drink’s calling card.

While the Lemon Drop is usually served in a cocktail glass, it can also be poured as a shot—a common occurrence at college bars and night clubs. However you choose to serve it, the best results are produced by using fresh lemon juice and simple syrup. Bottled sweet and sour can get the job done if it’s your only option, and that is often the case at bars. But the fresh lemon with the sugar is what gives the cocktail its signature flavor. Besides, if you’re going to indulge, you might as well enjoy the best version of the drink. Not only will it taste better, but fresh ingredients are also less likely to cause ill-effects the next morning.

Given the drink’s sweet lemony character, it’s ripe for experimentation. Some bars, and home bartenders, modify Lemon Drops with citrus- or berry-flavored vodkas, while others muddle fresh fruit into the cocktail. But before you start riffing, try the classic. It has lasted this long for a reason and deserves to be sipped in its original form.


Here are our favourite coffee recipes to get you started -

1. Cappuccino

Why do you want to go out and buy yourself some coffee? Make your own cup of coffee at home to kickstart your morning.

2. Cold Coffee

A classic cold coffee is chilled, refreshing and has that perfect kick of coffee. All you need is a few ingredients, and a blender to whip up this gorgeous drink.

3. Filter Coffee

This recipe hails from South India. A very famous coffee which is filtered through a perforated container, mixed with some milk and served foamy.

4. Irish Coffee

Irish coffee is a bewitching combination of sweet, whisky-laced coffee through softly-whipped cream. Very simple, very indulgent, very delicious.

5. Iced Coffee

A layer of flavours with rum/liqueur, nutmeg, coffee and ice cream, topped off with coffee ice cubes!

A pinch of rum adds the flavour to this chilled coffee beverage.

6. Spiced Coffee

Whip up a cup of coffee made with a desi, ginger and aromatic cardamom. This one is a healthy and healing one that is packed with fresh flavours.

7. Mocha Cooler

For all coffee lovers, this is a scrumptious cooler made with the flavours of strong black coffee, cream and chocolate ice cream. Heavenly!

8. Instant Coffee

A refreshing cup of coffee made in a jiffy. This coffee can be your morning fix that can be prepared in just five minutes and in mere four ingredients.

Go on, get your dose of caffeine and kick start your day on a high note. The best part is that you can keep experimenting with different flavours to create a refreshing drink every single day if you wish.



Comments:

  1. Mohn

    Will go with beer :)

  2. Alcides

    This is a wonderful subject

  3. Jenilynn

    Yes, in time to reply, this is important



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