Cocktails To Beat The Summer Heat

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With July just around the corner, the dreaded summer heat and humidity is about to reach an all time high. To help you cool down, we are sharing some of the tastiest and thirst quenching summer cocktail recipes we know. So sit back, relax, and sip!


Lemon Thyme Bourbon Tonics

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IMAGE SOURCE: JUNIPER RYE

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 oz. bourbon
  • 3/4 oz. Amontillado sherry
  • 3/4 oz. Thyme & Honey Syrup
  • 1/4 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 dash bitters
  • 1 large piece fresh thyme (with at least 5 branches)
  • 1 cup hot water (near simmering temperature)
  • 1 cup honey
  • Garnish – lemon wedges/thyme sprigs

For the syrup: In a small bowl, combine the thyme and hot water and let stand for 15 minutes. Next, stir in the honey until it dissolves completely. Let stand 5 minutes, then remove the sprigs of thyme. The remaining mixture can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one month.

For the cocktail: With the syrup prepared, add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously, and strain into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme and lemon wedge.


Guava Kombucha Cocktail

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INGREDIENTS:

  • fresh ginger
  • 1 shot vodka
  • guava kombucha

For the cocktail: Muddle ginger with a mortar and pestle. Add to glass with 1 shot of your choice vodka and fill with guava kombucha. Enjoy!


Blood Orange Rose Floats

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 bottle of Sparkling Rosé
  • blood orange gelato, such as Talenti
  • Fresh Rosemary

For the float: Add a few scoops of gelato in your glass. Then add the sparkling Rose to the glass. Top with a sprig of rosemary and you are good to go!


Blue Margarita

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup tequila
  • 1/3 cup blue curacao
  • 1/3 cup triple sec
  • 2/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice, about 8 limes
  • crushed ice

For the cocktail: In a pitcher combine all ingredients, but the ice, and mix until combines. Add ice to individual glasses and pour drinks over ice!


Spiked Lavender Lemonade

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 2 ounces Sonoma Syrup Co. lavender simple syrup
  • 2 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • 3 ounces club soda
  • Lemon wheels and a sprig of fresh lavender for garnish (optional)

For the cocktail: Fill a highball (or large rocks) glass with ice. If using garnishes, tuck lemon wheels into the sides of the glass using the ice to hold them in place. Add vodka, lavender simple syrup and lemon juice to glass and stir gently. Top with club soda and garnish with fresh lavender sprig, if desired.


Refreshing Summer Cocktails

There's no better way to beat the summer heat than with an ice-cold beverage! To spice things up a little bit, we decided to have some fun this summer and make delicious, thirst-quenching cocktails to enjoy on these hot summer days!


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  • 1 bottle moscato
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1 lime, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups cubed watermelon
  • 2 cups cubed pineapple
  • lemon lime soda

Directions:

1. Pour wine and brandy into a pitcher and stir. Add lime, watermelon, and pineapple.

2. Place fruit in a glass with ice. Pour sangria over and top with lemon lime soda.


  • 1/2 oz. Midori Melon Liqueur
  • 1 1/2 oz. Smirnoff Watermelon Vodka
  • 3 1/2 oz. Lemonade
  • Fresh watermelon chunks

Directions:

1. Add melon liqueur, watermelon vodka, lemonade, and ice cubes to a cocktail shaker.

2. Shake for 30 seconds.

3. Strain into a rocks glass over ice and serve!

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Image Credit: Growing Up Gabel

July 4th Cocktails

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Image Credit: Canvas Press

With Independence Day right around the corner, it’s time to get started on 4th of July party planning! No party is great without tasty cookouts, loud fireworks, and of course fun, patriotic cocktails!


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Image Credit: Noble Pig

  • 1 bottle Pinot Noir
  • 1 ½ cup cranberry juice
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 1 orange, freshly squeezed
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 8 oz. raspberries
  • 6 oz. blackberries
  • 1 apple, sliced thin
 
  • In a large pitcher, add wine, cranberry juice, brandy, and orange juice.
  • Add blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and apple. Chill overnight.
  • Fill glasses with ice then add fruit from the pitcher. Pour liquid over the ice and fruit, garnish and enjoy!
  • 1 ½ oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 ½ oz. blue curacao
  • 1 oz. grenadine
  • Splash simple syrup
  • Fill a tall glass with ice, and slowly add the grenadine
  • Next, add blue curacao (slowly)
  • Add lemon juice, simple syrup and vodka to a shaker. Cover and shake until blended.
  • Pour mixture into glass on top of grenadine and curacao.
  • Garnish with fruit and enjoy!
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Image Credit: Budget Savvy Divas

Memorial Day Inspiration Board

Happy Memorial Day weekend! Going into this holiday, it’s important to remember and honor those who have fought for our country. With that in mind, it’s also a day full of great American spirit! Enjoy the outdoors with a cookout, fun games, and great food surrounded by your family and friends!