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Stephanie Says…Summer Drinks!
Its officially summer and you know what that means. Bring on the heat and humidity. I found have some cool refreshing drinks that can lower the heat! I can’t wait to try theses!
Tequila Sangria: This beautiful take on sangria gets its kick from tequila instead of brandy. Mix it up with fruit and juice, and then top it off with your favorite Spanish red wine.
2-3 Pineapple Slices
2-3 Orange Slices
2-3 Lime Wedges
2 oz (1/4 cup) of Tequila
1 oz (2tbsp) of Elderflower Flavored Liqueur
1 oz (2tbsp) of Simple Syrup
2 oz (¼ cup) of Pineapple Juice
Splash of Orange Juice
Ice, as needed
Red wine, as needed
*If you don’t want Elderflower Flavored Liqueur- you can substitute for peach, pear or ginger flavors.*
In drinking glass, add the pineapple, oranges, blackberries and lime wedges. Next, add tequila, elderflower- flavored liqueur, simple syrup, pineapple juice, and orange. Add ice to the glass and stir to mix ingredients. Top glass with red wine and enjoy!!
Raspberry Limeade with Lavender and Mint
1 Cup Sugar
6 sprigs fresh Lavender
6 sprigs fresh mint, plus more for garnish
1 pint fresh raspberries
1 Cup fresh Lime juice
1 quart seltzer water
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine 1 cup water, the sugar, lavender and mint sprigs. Bring to a simmer and cook until the sugar has dissolved, about 3 minutes. Cool and strain.
In a blender, add the cooled syrup, raspberries and lime juice and blend until smooth.
To serve, place some of the raspberry puree in the bottom of each glass, top with seltzer water and garnish each glass with a sprig of mint.
Horchata! It’s easy to see why rice-based horchata is a favorite summer drink in Spain and Latin America. Its creamy and refreshing without being too heavy for hot days.
½ cup blanched almonds
½ cup white rice
2 cinnamon sticks, plus ground cinnamon or serving
¾ cup sugar
Ice for serving
Bring 2 cups water, the milk, almonds, rice and cinnamon sticks to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer until the rice is tender, about 30 minutes. Remove the cinnamon sticks and cool completely.
Working in batches, if necessary, carefully transfer the mixture to a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into a pitcher. Stir in the sugar and add enough water to make a total of 8 cups. Chill. Serve in tall glasses over ice. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita
Serve this drink with a pork chop and I swear you will be licking your lips all night!!
½ cup fresh limejuice
½ cup white tequila
¼ cup orange liqueur
¼ cup simple syrup or more as needed
4 thin slices cucumber
1 jalapeno, halved lengthwise
Ice for serving
Salt for glass rims
Mix together the lime juice, tequila, orange liqueur, simple syrup, cucumber and jalapenos in a large pitcher. Chill for at least 1 hour (the longer the margarita sits, the more the cucumber and jalapeño flavors infuse into the drink).
Serve over ice in salt-rimmed glasses, if desired.
Lastly, the classic Mojito
1 bunch fresh mint
4 lemons, juiced
4 limes, juiced
1 (750ml bottle) light rum
1-liter club soda
In a large pitcher, muddle mint sprigs with sugar and lemon and lime juices until well combined. Add ice, rum and club soda and stir together. Pour into glasses, straining out mint. Enjoy!
I hope these drinks cool you off this summer!
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