Fire up the barbeque and get your lawn chairs ready. These three refreshing cocktails are sure to get the party started!
1/ Grapefruit Gin Fizz
Combine ½ cup grapefruit juice, 2 oz. elderflower simple syrup, 3 oz. gin, top with a splash of Cava. Garnish with grapefruit peel or slice.
2/ Cucumber Mint Collins
Combine 2 oz. gin, ¼ cup chopped cucumber, 1 oz. mint simple syrup, ¾ oz. fresh lime juice, and splash of club soda
(optional). Garnish with fresh mint and cucumber slices.
3/ Watermelon Jalapeno Margarita
Serves 4. In a blender, puree 1 cup cubed watermelon. Strain and transfer to a pitcher. Add 8 oz. tequila, ¼ cup (4 oz.) Triple sec, 1 oz. lime juice, 1 tbsp agave syrup and thinly sliced jalapeno. Garnish with watermelon wedges.
This original wines and spirits article first appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.