Metro Home: Summer Cocktails & Mocktails — Patio Party

There are very few things worse than a snooty, snotty or cantankerous mixologist.

We agree.

We’ve all encountered them from time to time from barrio to bridge and every neighborhood in between. They lurk in local wine bars, they perch over dive bars and even exist in expensive hot spots and fabulous lounges.

That’s why this month we are teaching you to make your own cocktails and mocktails at home. It’s time for a fabulous yard, deck, patio or stoop party.

The following recipes are inspired, delicious, easy to create and always served with a smile.


For a margarita party, we recommend the Jose Cuervo Watermellon Margarita. It comes ready to serve. However, in order to up the flavor and presentation of this cocktail, have a shaker filled with ice, pour in 3 oz per serving of Jose Cuervo Margarita, shake it like you mean it and strain into the proper glass but not to the brim. Garnish with a few slices of lime.


Then add a scoop of Ciao Bella Blood Orange
. It’s a party maker. (More on the gelato coming up).

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The Small Town Brewery offers nostalgic specialty beers like Not Your Father’s Ginger Ale and Not Your Father’s Root Beer. It is beer so there is a low alcohol content. For your next beverage you will need the latter. Many of the local craft beer bars are capitalizing on beer floats and here is how to make one at home. Take one large scoop of Ciao Bella Chocolate Mascarpone Gelato (more on this company coming up) and place into a pint glass. Slowly pour the Small Town Brewery’s Root Beer into the glass on an angle until full — there will be foam. Serve with a tall spoon, straw and a high-five.

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A teetotaler makes an appearance at your cocktail party. No worries! Owl’s Brew makes a tea-totaler’s dream beverage. We enjoyed The Classic recipe made with English Breakfast Tea, lemon and lime. All you need to do is pour ten ounces in a shaker with ice, stir and dispense in a tumbler. Add a wedge of lemon on the rim — the perfect drink for a nun, a sober judge or those who refrain from alcohol.

Give it a hoot:


To make an adult beverage with Owl’s Brew, we poured 4 oz in a shaker with ice, add 2 oz of Stoli Blueberi, ½ oz of Grand Marnier and shake, strain into a martini glass and garnish with a slice of blood orange. We call this mysterious concoction, The Blue Blood Owl. We’ll have more Stoli Blueberi beverage recipes in the coming weeks.

Until then, try the Stoli Blueberi Lemon Drop Martini.

Put the following into shaker: 2 ounces Stoli Blueberi vodka and 1 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice add a splash of simple syrup. Shake and serve in a chilled martini glass then garnish with fresh blueberries.


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For those who are into organics, we just discovered Prairie Organic Spirits. Crafted in Minnesota, this liquor has a hint of melon and pear on the nose. Each batch is certified with organic #2 yellow corn and distilled to taste. The outcome is smooth and creamy. We enjoyed mixing 2 oz of Prairie Vodka with mulled mint leaves then poured over ice with a splash of ginger ale. It’s also the perfect brand to make a Moscow Mule.

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We will have more cocktail and mocktail ideas in the coming weeks.

Now you can teach a mixologist a thing or two.

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