Are you entertaining or attending a pool party this month?
To celebrate the season, we put together a list of inspired cocktails & mocktails that will certainly make a splash with your family and friends. The flavors and ingredients are new, fresh and thirst quenching. Ahhhh!
Get plenty of ice on hand and let the good times begin.
While kids play “Marco Polo” in the pool, someone needs to tend the bar and beverage cart. For those not of age and your guests who do not want alcohol, WtrMln Wtr rates far up on our high-dive board. The summer fruit and delicious non-alcoholic beverage is 100% juice made with watermelon flesh, rind and organic lemon (everything but the skin). The flavor explodes in your mouth when you add a splash of ginger ale, garnish with its cousin, honeydew or cantaloupe and serve over shaved ice.
Have you ever thrown a slick watermelon into a pool for the kids to retrieve? If not, perhaps now is the time.
Read more about WtrMln Wtr here: https://wtrmlnwtr.com
Skinnygirl too has put out a watermelon lime margarita beverage that does include alcohol — blue agave silver tequila and triple sec plus natural flavors. We suggest that you put it in a shaker with a lot of ice and simply shake and shimmy. Strain the contents into a margarita glass but before you do that…
…rim the glass with a wedge of lime and San Francisco Chile Lime Sea Salt. This is a company that is a favorite amongst gourmet chefs, mixologists and we too have joined the fan club. This salty purveyor delivers smoked and flavor enhanced, kosher and naturally sourced minerals. This month we chose their Chile and Lime combo to enhance this cocktail. The libation really hits the spot and the calorie intake is still lower than a regular margarita.
Give it a try or at least a lick.
Discover more here: http://skinnygirlcocktails.com/lpa
And here: http://www.sfsalt.com/home
Who doesn’t like a glass of Sangria on a hot summer day? Please do not offend our friends from the South of Spain who invented the beverage and indulge yourself with this new mixer that we discovered. Mocktails Brand is only 45 calories per serving when made without alcohol. You can serve this sangria alone as a virgin sangria or with a decent red wine and a few more flavorful liquors. For the health-conscious consumer you can simply add ice to this ready to pour beverage. It comes with a glass shaker bottle and simply store in the fridge or on ice in a cooler. For those who run with the bulls and want a little more kick, add 4 oz of red wine (cabernet or merlot), ½ oz brandy, ½ oz triple sec, ½ oz peach schnapps, a splash of club soda or sprite and garnish with orange, maraschino cherry, lime and lemon. ¡Ole!
See more here: http://www.mocktails.com
Last month we visited St. Augustine, Florida and the St. Augustine Distillery Co. and reported our findings of this historic city in our Travel Section (it’s worth a look). This company is the epitome of American ingenuity meets history meets preservation meets the future — all the while creating new jobs and new products. While the distillery is only approximately 2 years up and running, we enjoyed their Florida Mule so much that it made our cocktail list. It’s made with 1.5 ounces St. Augustine Distillery Vodka, 1.5 ounces ginger-simple syrup, then top with soda water and garnish with fresh mint leaves. Cool. Fresh. Herbal.
Blue Ice Vodka is another vodka that appeared on our radar this season. Their product is handcrafted and made with American potato — it’s also gluten free. Now we can enjoy the russet potato from Idaho in more ways than one. Our summer cocktail recipe includes 2 oz of Blue Ice Vodka, freshly squeezed lemon juice, ½ oz of triple sec, ½ oz of St. Germain, stir and garnish with a sprig of rosemary. The combination of citrus, herbs and smooth vodka blend perfectly together creating an extreme beverage for the adventurous.
Check it out here: http://www.blueicevodka.com/home.html
It’s just the beginning of the season. We will have more cocktail & mocktail ideas and recipes in the coming weeks.
See you poolside.