By Jen Wos
Summertime, time, time, and the livin’s easy. Well, summer’s also almost over, so quit drinking SoCo on the rocks and pretending you’re Janis Joplin. It’s time to savor the end of summer. Labor Day is in a mere 17 days away. We don’t have a lot of time, so I’m going to break it down for you. 1) Fruit has vitamin C and is teeming off the fruit cart on the corner. 2) Some research is claiming there are health benefits to drinking moderately. Just as simple as 1+1=2; fruit flavors + alcohol = cocktails.
Summer is the time for sticky sweet cocktails. They match perfectly with sticky sweet you roasting in the humidity. Absolut® is feeling the summer breezes and has come up with some recipes to inspire even the coldest of summer hearts. In five steps or less, you’ll have delicious, fresh drinks that mix fruits of the season with all-natural flavored vodkas. Trust me, they’ll put your smoothie to shame. Whether you’re a “lick it, slam it, suck it” tequila shooter, a low maintenance light beer girl, or a Cosmo girl all the way, why not add to your five fruits and veggies a day with a summer cocktail? Even Grandma’s doing it!
ABSOLUT® PEARS smells and tastes like that poached pear dessert you always pass up for molten chocolate cake. I mean, who has cravings for pear? With an alcohol incentive and an apple twist, now you will. Step aside, Appletini, there’s a new kid in town, and she’s not as delicate as she seems.
ABSOLUT Delicate Pear
4 parts ABSOLUT® PEARS
2 parts Pear Liqueur
½ part Pear Puree
½ part Apple Puree
Splash of Apple Pucker
Step 1: Combine all ingredients over ice and shake.
Step 2: Pour into a martini glass.
Step 3: Garnish with pear slice.
Ah, ABSOLUT® CITRON®. The source of many a wonderful Lemon Drop. Now, Citron is all grown up and has reinvented itself in this classy cocktail. We know that opposites attract. Thank you, Paula Abdul. Berries and citrus are no exception, and neither is this drink. Take two steps forward and two step back then let you and your drink come together to smooth out the edges of your day, with the razzle dazzle of l raspberries and lemons on your tastebuds.
1 part ABSOLUT® CITRON®
¾ part Mathilde Raz Liqueur
½ part Cranberry Juice
Dash of Lemon Juice
Step 1: Combine all ingredients over ice.
Step 2: Shake and strain into a tulip wine glass.
Step 3: Sink 3 raspberries for a last-sip treat.
Step 4: Garnish with 1 fresh raspberry.
ABSOLUT® RUBY RED, even on the rocks, is stunning. One might even say, sexy. For those of you crinkling up your noses at the thought of a tart grapefruit causing a pucker-face reaction, relax. The smell and the taste are beautifully rounded and go down ever so smooth. What could be better? Adding strawberries.
ABSOLUT Berry Sexy
2 parts ABSOLUT® RUBY RED
2 Strawberries (diced)
1 part Dry White Wine
1 part Balsamic Vinegar
1 part Simple Syrup
Splash Lemon-Lime Soda
Step 1: Muddle strawberries in a mixing glass.
Step 2: Add all ingredients except Lemon-Lime Soda.
Step 3: Shake vigorously, and strain over ice into a highball glass.
Step 4: Top with Lemon-Lime Soda.
Step 5: Garnish with a fresh California Strawberry and a lemon zest.
Think the South. Think refreshing. Think something more modern than a mint julep to sip from your rooftop balcony. This is not a mojito’s bastard child. It’s an eclectic fruit-filled sweet tea laced with ABSOLUT® PEARS that’ll have Long Island’s signature drink headed for the hills. The flavor combination will make you want to put on a sundress and frolick through some flowers. Hopefully, you can find some besides the ones in your neighbor’s window box.
2 parts ABSOLUT® PEARS
½ part Pineapple Juice
½ part Sweetened Iced Tea
3 dashes Ginger Juice
5-6 Mint Leaves
5-6 Mango Cubes
Step 1: Muddle mint and mango cubes in a mixing glass.
Step 2: Add vodka and ginger juice, then shake.
Step 3: Pour into highball, and top with pineapple juice and sweetened iced tea.
Where’s the fun in pink lemonade? Lemon’s aren’t even pink, and that powdery stuff is all sugar and natural flavoring. Give it up already. Peaches, however, bring an orange lusciousness to your glass. OK, so ABSOLUT® APEACH is clear, but peach lemonade in the punchbowl will have you sipping straight from the ladle and feeling peachy keen.
ABSOLUT Life’s APeach
2 ½ parts ABSOLUT® APEACH
1 part DeKuyper® Peachtree® Schnapps
1 part Lemonade
Dash of Fresh Peach Puree
Step 1: Combine all ingredients over ice.
Step 2: Shake and strain into a high ball glass.
Step 3: Garnish with several peach and lemon slivers.
Just a friendly reminder: Only 17 days of summer are left.
So, start pre-gaming that Labor Day BBQ with these enticing recipes before you have to pull your sweaters out of storage. Raise those glasses and toast the end of summer! Happy mixing!
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