pre-frozen martini glass
Muddle watermelon and agave syrup. Add the rest of the ingredients. Shake well. Double-strain into waiting glasses. Use a watermelon slice as the proverbial umbrella!
12 whole mint leaves, plus a few extra for garnish
1 1/4 oz Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
1 tsps sugar
1/2 oz lime juice
1.oz soda water
With the mint leaves at the bottom as the bed of the drink, muddle the crushed ice, rum, sugar and lime juice. When you’re done, add the soda water and plop more mint leaves on top!
THE BRAMBLE SMASH
4 each of blackberries, blueberries and raspberries
2 half-inch thick wedges of lemon 2 half inch thick wedges of lime
1 tbsp simple syrup
16 oz cocktail shaker
1/4 cup vodka or for a non-alcoholic version, club soda crushed ice
Muddle the berries and citrus in the shaker. Add the simple syrup and shake four to five times. Add the vodka. Strain into an old-fashioned glass. Plop crushed ice in there to the halfway point. Stir, and then top with more ice. See? A snow cone! Garnish with berries!
(Tip:If you don't have simple syrup on hand and want to make it at home it's super...well...simple. Syrup for drinks and cocktails has 1 to 1 ratio of water and sugar. Boil water, add sugar. Heat until all granules are melted)
The Cantaloupe-Basil AGUA FRESCA
3.5 lb cantaloupe, removed chopped
3/4 c lemon Juice
3/4 c basil leaves
2c cold water
Chop cantaloupe up and puree slices in a blender until smooth.
Set a fine-mesh sieve over a large bowl. Add cheesecloth to this sieve. Strain the puree into the bowl. Repeat this with new cheesecloth in a pitcher until you have enough juice for 5 cups.
Add 3/4 cup lemon juice, 3/4 cup basil leaves and 2 cups of cold water to the pitcher. Steep this for about two hours. Serve your agua fresca in ice-filled glasses. Aaahhh.
SPARKLING PEACH SANGRIA