Summer Cocktails and Punch at Home
Summer is upon us and if you don’t have a body of water at your disposal, one of the best ways to cool down is with a beverage. Here are 3 recipes that will surely quench your summer thirst.
Gin and Aperol Punch
Adapted from Aperol Gin Punch…
Yield: 2-4 People
- 1 cup Dry Gin
- 1/4 cup Aperol
- 1.5 oz. yellow Chartreuse
- 1 oz. simple syrup
- 2 oz. fresh lime juice
- 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
- 1/2 cup Prosecco (something on the dry side)
- 2 – 3 mint sprigs
- 1 orange
- 1 lemon
Tools: shaker, muddler, bowl or pitcher
Garnish: 1/4 slice of both the orange and lemon with a mint leaf on a pick.
Method: Muddle the simple syrup with a handful of mint leaves. Next, start combining your ingredients into a large bowl or pitcher. Cut up the oranges and lemons and place 4 slices of each into the bowl or jug. Add the rest of the mint leaves. Stir punch well. Add your ice. Large ice balls or blocks work best.
Pour over ice in a rocks glass. Top with Prosecco. Add garnish.
That Green Drink
This cocktail is my new favorite gin drink. Micheal Cerretani at The Bitter Bar in Boulder, Colorado created a masterpiece.
Recipe from Imbibe…
- 2 oz. Gin
- 3/4 oz. Blanc-style vermouth
- 1/2 oz. green Chartreuse
- 3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
- 1/3 oz. rich simple syrup (2:1 ratio of sugar to water, instead of standard 1:1)
- 2 cucumber wheels
- ice cubes
- large ice cube
Tools: shaker, muddler, strainer, fine strainer.
Glass: Double Rocks
Garnish: Lime twist and a long cucumber strip.
Method: Muddle cucumber wheels in a shaker. Add the remaining ingredients and shake with ice cubes for 15-20 seconds. Double strain over one large ice cube into a double rocks glass and garnish.
Plum Whiskey Smash
This recipe is adapted from the Strawberry Bourbon Fix by Anthony Schmidt of Noble Experiment in San Diego.
- 2 oz. Bourbon
- 3/4 oz. simple syrup (1:1)
- 3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
- 1 plum
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- Crushed Ice
Tools: shaker, muddler
Glass: Double Rocks
Garnish: Lemon twist and plum slice
Method: Cut the plum into quarters and muddle 2 or 3 pieces well in a pint glass. Fill half of your rocks glass up with crushed ice. Then combine all the ingredients into the pint glass, use a shaker, add ice and shake well. Double strain into your rocks glass and top glass off with more crushed ice. Add garnish.
*For easy crushed ice, use a Lewis bag from Cocktail Kingdom. The Double straining method is using a Hawthorne or Julep strainer while pouring into a Conical Strainer over your glass.
What is your favorite summer beverage?