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Garden Party Essential Cocktails

Get a look at these [gin] blossoms

It’s garden party season again, and we’ve got you covered with a list of delectable garden party essential cocktails that your guests will absolutely love!

Sip on these delectable Garden Party Cocktails!

Planning a fancy Garden Party this spring? Get ready to wow your guests with delicious food and elegant cocktails fit for viewing the springtime blossoms as they bloom.

Springtime has been the inspiration for a lot of cocktails, and they are as delicious as they look. Whether you’re looking for a vodka, gin, tequila, wine, or whiskey cocktail, our collection of springtime cocktails are the perfect additions to your next garden cocktail party!

 

Airlie Gardens Martini

Sip on these delectable Garden Party Cocktails!

Image / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week Blog

This Airlie Gardens Martini is a sweet pairing of pear-citrus juice, lavender honey syrup, and Martin Miller’s gin that is perfect for every garden party!

 

Spring Breeze

Sip on these delectable Garden Party Cocktails!

Image / Recipe from // Paste Magazine

When you mix bourbon and fruit, you get the color of Springtime! This cocktail has an elegant mix of fruit flavors and the subtle bite of Jim Beam that will surprise your guests.

 

Mint Limonata Julep

Sip on these delectable Garden Party Cocktails!

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Like its cousin, the Mint Julep, the Limonata Julep is a mix of bourbon, fresh mint, and our homemade simple syrup but with the added touch of Limoncello.

 

Love and Hope Lemonade

Sip on these delectable Garden Party Cocktails!

Image / Recipe from // Lonesome Dove Western Bistro

Move over kids. This is mommy’s favorite lemonade! Made with Love and Hope Rosé and muddled mint and raspberries, the Love and Hope Lemonade is a beautifully bright cocktail that will liven up any garden party.

 

Mint Mojitos

Sip on these delectable Garden Party Cocktails!

Image / Recipe from // Brio Classic Cocktails

This classic Mint Mojito recipe, with freshly squeezed lime juice and homemade simple syrup, is a refreshing drink for warm weather sipping.

 
 

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The sweet pairing of pear nectar and lavender makes this Airlie Garden Martini perfect for every garden party!

The Airlie Gardens Martini: A Pear and Lavender Cocktail

It’s a Garden Cocktail Party

This Airlie Gardens Martini is a sweet pairing of pear-citrus juice, lavender honey syrup, and Martin Miller’s gin that is perfect for every garden party!

This Airlie Gardens Martini is a sweet pairing of pear-citrus juice, lavender honey syrup, and gin that is perfect for every garden party!

The Azalea Festival is upon us again here in the Port City, and we have a lovely new addition to our list of cocktails for Azalea Fest: The Airlie Gardens Martini.

If you’ve never been to Airlie Gardens, we highly suggest you take a visit. This garden showcases seasonal blossoms, historic and modern sculptures, hosts a summer concert series, and has the most enchanting Christmas light display in the county.

This cocktail takes all the elegance of Airlie and blends it into a delicious pear and lavender gin martini that is perfect for a garden party.

Now if you’re a diehard member of Team Vodka Martini, this martini might not be for you, since the main spirit is gin. Unfortunately, the vodka version just doesn’t have the same mouthfeel or caliber of flavor of its gin counterpart.

But don’t worry Team Vodka Martini, we have quite a few vodka martinis on our blog to satisfy your martini preferences.

Pear juice is by far the most luscious juice I’ve ever had. I have been blown away by the pear cocktails I’ve had in the past few months. Seriously, go try the Pear Necessities cocktail at the Blind Elephant, it is phenomenal.

These cocktails served as an inspiration for the Airlie Gardens Martini. I wanted to create a pear-citrus martini that blended a floral note to it. That is where the lavender came in.

The gorgeous purple hue of the lavender garnish and simple sweetness of lavender honey syrup gives this martini the sophistication you’d want from a garden party cocktail.

This is how you make an Airlie Gardens Martini!

Airlie Gardens Martini

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Martin Miller’s Gin
  • 1 Ounce Organic Pear Juice
  • ½ Ounce Fresh Grapefruit Juice
  • ½ Ounce Lavender Honey Syrup
  • Lavender for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Cocktail Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker

 

Preparation

Airlie Gardens Martini: Add Martin Miller’s gin, pear juice, grapefruit juice, and lavender honey syrup to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well until completely chilled. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with lavender. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 185 Fat (g) 0.04 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 25 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.5 Total Sugars (g) 13 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 8

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Spring is in the air with this Mint Limonata Julep!

Springtime Mint Limonata Julep

Enjoy the flavors of Spring with Meyer lemons and fresh Mint in this Limonata Julep cocktail.

Enjoy the flavors of Spring in this Limonata Julep with Meyer Lemons and fresh Mint.

Springtime provides inspiration for art, poetry, and even cocktails! The fresh citrus taste of this bright sunny-colored spring cocktail will have you saying “Salute” to this Mint Limonata Julep.

Like its cousin, the Mint Julep, the Limonata Julep is a mix of bourbon, fresh mint, and our homemade simple syrup but with the added touch of Limoncello. The combination of ingredients makes this Julep cocktail the perfect after dinner drink.

Limoncello is an Italian lemon flavored after dinner liquor made from the zest of lemons from the Amalfi coast. This lemon liquor is traditionally served icy-cold, as Limoncello is kept in the in the freezer. Limoncello varies in proof depending on the base liquor you soak the lemons in, which ranges from Vodka to Everclear.

Some commercial Limoncellos are very sweet, which is why many folks like to make Limoncello at home. The process of making Limoncello takes a few weeks, but making it at home allows you to controll the sugar content and lemony essence, which is well worth the work.

Bourbon and Limoncello might seem like the Odd Couple when it comes to Spirits, but when you put them together the taste will surprise you. Maker’s Mark and homemade Limoncello is a great combination, which is why we used it to make this cocktail.

We used Meyer lemons, which are sweeter than regular lemons, to make Limoncello so we could cut back on the amount of simple syrup If you use a lemoncello made from more acidic lemons, add 1 ounce simple syrup.

This is how you make a Mint Limonata Julep!

Mint Limonata Julep

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Limoncello
  • 1 Ounce Bourbon
  • ½ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 2 to 5 Fresh Fresh Mint Leaves
  • Meyer Lemon for Garnish
  • Mint Sprigs for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Stemless Wine Glass
  • Muddler or Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Mint Limonata Julep: Press a few mint leaves against the bottom of a glass with the back of a spoon, and pour the bourbon on top. Add ice and simple syrup to glass. Top with lemoncello and stir together. Squeeze and drop a wedge of meyer lemon into each glass and garnish with a sprig or two of fresh mint. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 198 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 22 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 18 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 3

Spring is in the air with this Mint Limonata Julep!

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The herbaceous and bubbly flavors of this Mint Gin Spritz cocktail are sure to tickle your taste buds.

Bubbly Mint Gin Spritz Cocktail

Gin Spritzers are perfect Spring cocktails!

Simple, sophisticated, and seriously refreshing: This herbaceous and effervescent Mint Gin Spritz cocktail is sure to tickle your taste buds.

With the hints of cucumber, mint, and lemon, you just can't go wrong with this Mint Gin Spritz cocktail.

Imagine a cocktail that embodies the cucumber essence of Hendrick’s Gin, the fresh sweetness of mint, the citrus kick of lemon juice, and the effervescence of Prosecco. Now, let me tell you that cocktail exists! Cue in the Mint Gin Spritz.

It’s simple, sophisticated, and seriously refreshing. That’s the beauty of this Mint Gin Spritz cocktail. In just a few minutes you’ll be sipping on a bright, herbaceous spritz cocktail that is perfect for Spring.

Bubbly cocktails can be fun additions to any cocktail party, and this Mint Gin Spritz has the makings of a real party pleaser. It’s herby, a little bit sweet, and has everything you want in a gin cocktail.

Spritz cocktails are incredibly refreshing and their effervescent nature makes them fun to drink. In this Spritz, we opted to use Prosecco, an Italian sparkling wine, instead of sparkling water or club soda. Prosecco has a fruit palate that pairs well with the herbal notes of gin.

Mint has such a clean and fresh taste. That’s why it makes a great complementary flavor in cocktails. The hints of cucumber in Hendrick’s Gin mixed with muddled mint gives the Mint Gin Spritz cocktail a cool and clean mouthfeel.

The Mint Gin Spritz is a great addition to our list of Spring cocktails, and would make an excellent whiskey alternative for a Saint Patrick’s day cocktail. Happy Sipping!

This is how you make a Mint Gin Spritz!

Mint Gin Spritz

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Hendrick’s Gin
  • 4 Ounces Prosecco
  • 1 Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ½ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 5 to 10 Fresh Sprigs of Mint
  • Lemon Wheel and Mint Sprigs for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Old Fashioned Glass
  • Boston Shaker
  • Muddler or Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Mint Gin Spritz: Muddle mint, simple syrup, and lime juice at the bottom of a Boston Shaker with a muddler or with the back of a spoon. This will release the flavor and color of the mint. Next, add gin to the shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously, and strain over ice into an old fashioned glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel and a sprig or two of fresh mint. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 178 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 13 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 12 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 3

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This refreshing Pink Grapefruit Mimosa recipe can be a cocktail or a mocktail

Ultimate Grapefruit Mimosas

Citrus + Sweet + Bubbly = Perfection

Whether you’re taking part in Dry January or want to upgrade your mimosas, you’re going to love this Ultimate Grapefruit Mimosa Cocktail/Mocktail combo!

Ultimate Grapefruit Mimosa Cocktail/Mocktail recipe

Classic mimosas can get a little drab. I blame cheap champagne and $5 Sunday brunch drink specials. But this ultimate grapefruit mimosa recipe blends a delicious combo of citrus juices and bubbly Prosecco to create one awesome cocktail.

Prosecco is a step above champagne in my opinion. For me, the Prosecco creates the “ultimate” part of this ultimate grapefruit mimosa recipe, but by all means, if you don’t like Prosecco, use a dry champagne instead.

I like to keep things on the lighter side at the beginning of the year, so using freshly squeezed juices is a must in my cocktails! Store bought juice can be loaded with added sugar and calories that I don’t need in my life. And instead of simple syrup, I used honey as a sweetener for this cocktail recipe.

Dry January is dumb! There I said it. By February folks are back to drinking regularly, so it kind of kills any weight loss gains they would have made by cutting out alcohol entirely. Low-calorie cocktails, like this grapefruit mimosa, are a great option for folks watching their waistline.

But for those practicing alcohol abstinence this month, don’t despair! This Ultimate Grapefruit Mimosa recipe can be crafted as a cocktail-mocktail blend. Much like our Grapefruit Margarita recipe, this grapefruit mockmosa uses San Pellegrino, an Italian sparkling mineral water, as the bubbly essence of this mocktail.

Mix up this recipe for Ultimate Grapefruit Mimosas!

Ultimate Grapefruit Mimosas

Yields: 3 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 6 Ounces Fresh Squeezed Pink Grapefruit Juice
  • 4 Ounces Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
  • 2 Ounces Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
  • 12 Ounces Chilled Prosecco [or San Pellegrino for Mocktail Version]
  • ¼ Ounce Honey
  • Grapefruit Section for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Stemless Glass or Champagne Flute
  • Bar Spoon
  • Small Pitcher

Preparation

Ultimate Grapefruit Mimosa Cocktail: Pour grapefruit, orange, lime juice, and honey into a small pitcher. Stir to combine, and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minute to 2 hours. Pour mixture a third of the way into a stemless glass or champagne flute. Top with chilled Prosecco. Garnish with section of grapefruit, enjoy!

Ultimate Grapefruit Mimosa Mocktail: Pour grapefruit, orange, lime juice, and honey into a small pitcher. Stir to combine, and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minute to 2 hours. Pour mixture a third of the way into a stemless glass or champagne flute. Top with chilled Sparkling Water [we use San Pellegrino]. Garnish with section of grapefruit, enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 102 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 3 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 3 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 11.5

This refreshing Pink Grapefruit Mimosa recipe can be a cocktail or a mocktail

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Make a better creme de menthe cocktail with this Minty Lime Refresher

Minty Lime Refresher

It’s a minty world out there

Half a step away from being a Mojito, this Minty Lime Refresher is simple and satisfying.

Brio Drink of the Week: Minty Lime Refresher

We wanted to do a little something different for National Crème de Menthe Day [09.15.16]. Half a step away from being a Mojito, this Minty Lime Refresher was adapted from a recipe from Better Homes and Gardens.

If you wanted to try a crème de menthe cocktail that wasn’t your typical grasshopper, well you are in luck. This simple rum cocktail is right up your alley. With only a few ingredients, this cocktail takes very little time to make, but is so delicious to drink.

Better Homes and Gardens recipe was not very specific as to the bottling for this recipe, so we took our own liberties with the mix. For the rum, we used some El Dorado White Rum and mixed it with some freshly squeezed lime juice and used up what was left in the container of our homemade simple syrup.

Now, this cocktail could really go two ways depending on the color crème de menthe you choose to use. If you’d like your cocktail to have a minty green color, be sure to use a brand that has a green crème de menthe, otherwise, you can use white crème de menthe for a frosty looking cocktail. There are a few brands of crème de menthe out there, DeKuyper is rather popular, or you can be adventurous and try to make your own crème de menthe at home. We opted for bottled this time.

From our last couple of experiments with rum drinks, I have come to actually really like rum cocktails. I wasn’t always the biggest fan of it, but I realized it was more of what I was drinking that I didn’t like than it was the actual rum. The more complex a drink is, the less I tend to like it. Sometimes it the more simple cocktails that turn out to be the best.

Now let’s show you how you make a Minty Lime Refresher!

 

Minty Lime Refresher

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1½ Ounces White Rum
  • 2 Ounces Fresh Lime Juice
  • ¾ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • 1 Ounce San Pellegrino Sparkling Water
  • Splash of Crème de Menthe [White or Green]
  • Mint Sprigs for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Rocks Glasses
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Minty Lime Refresher: Add rum, lime juice, and simple syrup to a glass filled with ice. Give it a stir and top with San Pellegrino. Add a splash of crème de menthe and stir to combine. ***Use green crème de menthe if you’d like to give your cocktail a minty green hue. Garnish cocktail with a sprig of mint and enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 171 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 23 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 23 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 10

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Party Ready Watermelon Moscato Sangria Recipe

Watermelon Sangria

Oh baby, it’s scorching outside

This light and refreshing Watermelon Sangria will help you kick back and beat the heat this summer.

Drink of the week: Watermelon Moscato Sangria

This summer’s scorching temperatures have made going outside nearly unbearable. Weeks of 90 degree temps are wearing us out, but this little refreshing cocktail can help you beat those heat wave woes.

We’ve whipped up a few summertime cocktails here in the Brio Smart Life Kitchen, and this one is for all you wine lovers out there. Sangria is a great cocktail choice for needed refreshment on these hot summer days and nights. Watermelon is also the iconic staple fruit of a good old American summer. So why not do both?

White wine is the only wine I can drink [in very small amounts] because I’m allergic to sulfites. They give me beyond nasty headaches, especially red wine. So for this cocktail, I deferred to the knowledge of our resident Master of the Winery, Bill for his take on which white wine would work for our sangria.

via Giphy // Bill has wine in his veins, so he gets to pick all of our wines

Moscato is an Italian white wine that is sweet, that has a slight fizz, but is low in alcohol. It works perfectly in this watermelon sangria recipe for it’s added sweetness. Which is why we say the simple syrup or raw honey in this recipe is optional. Based on your sweetness requirements, it might not be needed at all.

Now the choice is up to you if you want to use a Californian or Italian Moscato. Either will do nicely. As for the flavored vodka, I’m partial to Smirnoff or Three Olives Watermelon flavored vodka, but use your favorite. This sangria recipe is Party Sized, meaning you are going to need a pitcher. It makes multiple servings based on how tall your glasses are.

For the garnish, press a small star-shaped cookie cutter into a piece of watermelon [feel free to use any cutter shape you like, though]. Try to stay away from the rind as much as possible. It can be tart. Pop out the cutout and place it on a bamboo skewer. Place skewers on a paper plate or in a small container in the fridge for later.

Now let’s show you how to make these Watermelon Moscato Sangria cocktails.

 

Watermelon Sangria

Yields: Multiple Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 6 Cups Cubed Watermelon
  • 2 Bottles Moscato [or other white wine]
  • 16 Ounces Watermelon Vodka
  • 24 Ounces Lemon-Lime Soda
  • 2 Ounces Simple Syrup or Raw Honey [Optional]
  • Mint & Lemon Slices for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Fluted Glass
  • Blender
  • Mesh Strainer
  • Cheese Cloth
  • Pitcher
  • Long Spoon

 

Preparation

Watermelon Sangria: Blend cubed watermelon on high until well pureed. Strain through a fine mesh strainer lined with a cheese cloth into a pitcher. Be sure to squeeze the cheese cloth to get out as much watermelon juice as possible. Discard the pulp.

Add Moscato, watermelon vodka, and soda to the pitcher and stir together. Adjust sweetness as needed by adding in Simple Syrup or Raw Honey 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring in between to combine. Add ice, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Remove pitcher from the fridge. Stir watermelon sangria a few times to recombine [separation is normal the longer you leave it in the fridge]. Pour over ice into fluted glasses. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a skewer of watermelon.

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 122 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 188 Carbohydrates (g) 17.64 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.47 Total Sugars (g) 13.7 Protein (g) 1.66 Sodium (mg) 1.76

Party Ready Watermelon Moscato Sangria Recipe

 

 

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Drink of the week: Tipsy Raspberry Iced Tea

Tipsy Raspberry Iced Tea

Carol Channing isn’t the only one who loves Raspberries

We have reached the end of National Iced Tea Month and this last themed drink of the week is sure to be your favorite. Sip on this happy marriage of Chambord and Iced Tea in our Tipsy Raspberry Iced Tea Cocktail.

Drink of the week: Tipsy Raspberry Iced Tea

We are so happy National Iced Tea Month came, but we are sad to see it leave. So we are going to end this National Iced Tea Month Cocktail Series with a bang! It is Fourth of July Weekend after all. We are looking forward to some R&R, family time, and of course fireworks. We have some amazing fireworks displays here in the Port City and surrounding beach communities that would make Gatsby jealous.

Great Gatsby Fireworks Giph from Giphy.

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The Tipsy Raspberry Iced Tea was inspired by my first experience tasting Chambord, a raspberry liqueur. On its own, I found Chambord too sweet to drink straight, but when paired with the strong, full-bodied taste of black tea, the raspberry liqueur became much more tolerable for my sweet tooth. Which is why the Simple Syrup is optional in this recipe. I included it for some of our readers who prefer sweet iced tea to unsweetened tea.

Since this is Fourth of July Weekend, this Tipsy Raspberry Iced Tea recipe was made as a pitcher cocktail. Meaning the recipe should yield 6 to 8 servings when served in highball or collins glasses. You’ll get much more out of the recipe if you serve them in mini mason jars or old fashioned glasses, though. Nothing says ‘American chic’ like drinking fancy cocktails out of mason jars. Let’s say Cheers to the birth of our nation with a glass of Tipsy Raspberry Iced Tea.

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Iced Tea Cocktail Series

 

Tipsy Raspberry Iced Tea

Yields: 6-8 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 12 Ounces Chambord Liquor
  • 4 Ounces Vodka
  • 64 Ounces Black Tea
  • Simple Syrup [Optional]
  • Raspberries & Orange Slices for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass
  • Tea Pot & Pitcher
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Pre-prep the Black Tea: Fill a kettle with 64 Ounces [that’s 8 cups] of water and bring it to a boil. Take kettle off the heat and pour water into a pitcher with about 4 tea bags [or the equivalent of loose tea in a tea strainer]. Steep tea until the water cools down. Remove the tea bag [or strainer] and chill tea in the Fridge for at least 15 to 20 minutes.

 

Tipsy Raspberry Iced Tea: Remove pitcher from fridge, and add ice to chilled Iced Tea. Pour in Chambord and vodka into the iced tea, and add desired amount of simple syrup [Optional]. Stir together, and add in raspberries, oranges, and more ice if needed. Pour mixture into high ball glasses, and garnish drinks with a couple of raspberries and a slice or two of orange. Squeeze the oranges for added flavor. Enjoy!

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 200 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 11 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 11 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 0

 

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Drink of the Week: Bourbon Arnold Palmer

Bourbon Arnold Palmer

Drink of the Week: Bourbon Arnold Palmer

National Iced Tea Month just got Drink of the Week-ified!

We are celebrating National Iced Tea Month with a collection of Drinks of the Week that are specially brewed with tea and spirits. We’ll be featuring a new iced tea cocktail each week during the month of June. Our Iced Tea Cocktails are sure to brighten your summer and dazzle your tastebuds.

In the Western World, black tea is typically what you will find brewed for Iced Tea. Folks will argue it’s a sin to cold brew black tea, as you lose some of its attributes. White and Green teas are better suited for Iced Tea. But for now, there’s not a real reason to be too picky about it, unless you are a hardcore tea aficionado.

This Bourbon Arnold Palmer is a delicious combination of Earl Grey Tea, Fresh Lemonade, and Bourbon. A traditional Arnold Palmer is made with Black Tea, so we used an Earl Grey tea, like Teavana’s Earl Grey Creme Black Tea. Once again, we opted for fresh lemonade for this recipe, because 1) Nothing is as good as freshly made and 2) All that extra sugar is really bad for you. An Arnold Palmer is supposed to be a little sweet and a little tart, so I do not recommend using sweet tea for the Bourbon Arnold Palmer. Sweet Tea ruins it a bit, so let the simple syrup do sweetening the work for you.

When it comes to American Whiskey, I personally have an internal war between Kentucky Bourbon and Tennesse Whiskey. Jim Beam Black® is pretty good, but I have an unholy love affair with Jack Daniel’s® Green Label Whiskey, especially in a Hot Toddy. So for this recipe, I picked the Jim Bean but you can substitute any Bourbon you like.

Grab your shades and sit down for a cold refreshing Drink of the Week. It’s summer out there!

 

Bourbon Arnold Palmer

Yields: 8-10 Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 8 Ounces Bourbon
  • 28 Ounces Earl Grey Tea
  • 28 Ounces Fresh Lemonade
  • Simple Syrup To Taste
  • Lemon for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass
  • Pitcher
  • Long Spoon

 

Preparation

Earl Grey Tea: Fill a kettle with 28 Ounces (3.5 cups) of water and bring it to a boil. Take kettle off the heat and pour water into a pitcher with about 4 tea bags, or the equivalent of loose tea in a tea strainer. Steep tea until the water cools down. Remove the tea bags, or strainer, and chill tea in the Fridge for at least 30 minutes.

 

Bourbon Arnold Palmer: Remove prepared Iced Tea pitcher from the fridge. Then add fresh lemonade and bourbon to the Iced Tea. Add in a few cups of ice and stir together. Pour into prepared glasses and garnish drinks with lemon wheel or wedge. Enjoy!

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 150 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 14 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 13 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 10

 

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Drink of the Week: Tequila Blackberry Lemonade

Drink of the Week: Tequila Blackberry Lemonade

Let’s salute our fallen heroes with this Drink of the Week!

Let’s take a minute to salute those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for us and our country this Memorial Day Weekend. This weekend will be filled with family vacations, beach trips, and backyard cookouts with the neighbors.

We kept those good old fashioned American cookouts in mind for this Drink of the Week. This Tequila Blackberry Lemonade is a perfect addition to any summer cookout. You can make them ahead of time and serve them from a pitcher. You can even give this drink more of an American Summertime feel by serving them in Mason Jars. This drink is incredibly refreshing, and we even kicked in this easy homemade lemonade recipe, from Happy Hooligans, if you don’t want to use the store bought kind.

Here’s to a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend for all, and a big Thank You to all those who have gone before us. Cheers, to you!

 

Tequila Blackberry Lemonade

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Blackberries
  • 2 Ounces Silver Tequila
  • 6 Ounces Lemonade
  • Lemon for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass or Mason Jar
  • Muddler or Spoon

 

Preparation

Tequila Blackberry Lemonade: Muddle 1/4 cup of blackberries at the bottom of glass with muddler or spoon. Top with ice, and pour in tequila and lemonade. If you aren’t using fresh lemonade, take a lemon wedge and squeeze in some juice. Stir together, and garnish with lemon wedge and extra blackberries.

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 227 Fat (g) 0.1 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 38.3 Carbohydrates (g) 25.8 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 24.8 Protein (g) 0.2 Sodium (mg) 11

 

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