Seasonal Spring and Summer Sips
What better way to “get your party started” than with a signature drink?
What is a signature drink you ask?
” A signature drink is any unique or original drink that expresses the nature of the person or establishment creating it. Signature drinks often incorporate local ingredients and culture. They can be fashioned or designed to represent a theme or color.” (Wikipedia)
Having one or two specialty drinks ready to pass at the start of a cocktail hour is the perfect way to make your guests feel welcomed, and to help avoid tremendous lines at the bar. This simple gesture from a host can truly set the tone and get everyone in the mood to celebrate. Just use your imagination and have fun with your choices.
Need some suggestions? Don’t fret! We’ve found some fun and fresh recipes listed below.
1.5 oz Gin
1 oz Elderflower Liqueur
¾ oz of Lemon Juice
2 oz of Club Soda
0.5 oz of Simple Syrup
Garnish with Mint
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and pour. Enjoy!
Chamomile Citrus Gin and Tonic
2 cups of freshly squeezed citrus juice (you can use a mix of blood orange, grapefruit, and Cara Cara oranges)
8 ounces of gin
1/2 cup of tonic water
2 tablespoons Chamomile Simple Syrup (recipe below)
In a large pitcher, mix together the citrus juice, gin, tonic water, and Chamomile Simple Syrup (recipe below). Pour into four tumblers of your choice and top off with ice. Garnish with a slice of citrus or a fresh, organic chamomile flower if you wish.
Mix chamomile and 6 Tbsp. very hot water in a medium bowl. Let stand for 1 minute. Stir in honey; mash chamomile with a wooden spoon. Let cool slightly. Strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher, pressing on solids to release liquid. Discard solids in sieve. Add gin, lemon juice, and 4 cups ice to the pitcher.
Stir until ice is melted. Divide among chilled coupe glasses.
4 ounces of tequila
4 ounces of grapefruit juice
1 ounce of fresh lime juice
8 ounces of pineapple soda
fresh pineapple or lime slices for garnish
black lava salt or coarse salt for garnish if desired
Rub the rim of each glass with a lime slice and dip into salt.
Add ice, tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice and top with pineapple soda.
Give it a quick stir.
Garnish with fresh pineapple or lime.
.5 oz Lillet Blanc
.5 oz St. Germain
.5 oz Honey Syrup (equal parts honey and water combined)
.75 oz Lemon Juice
3 oz Champagne
Add ice to shaker and shake for 10 seconds. Strain into a Champagne flute. Top with Champagne.
Seventh Heaven Cocktail
2 ounces of gin
1 ounce of grapefruit juice
A ½ ounce of maraschino liqueur
Combine all of your ingredients into the cocktail shaker of your choice
Fill with ice, vigorously shake, and pour into two chilled cocktail glasses