This classic Pina Colada recipe will get you all set for Summer!

Classic Piña Colada Recipe

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The Piña Colada is the perfect summer drink and tastes like a tropical beach vacation.

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Kiwi Gin Collins

Perfectly Paired For Smooth Summer Sipping

Sweet kiwi puree adds delicious flavor and texture to this fresh drink of the week cocktail. You can taste summer with every sip of this Kiwi Gin Collins.

Drink of the week: Kiwi Gin Collins

Since I was little, I’ve always associated kiwis with summertime. We always seemed to have a box of New Zealand kiwis on the kitchen counter in the summer months. These fuzzy little fruits are one of the world’s healthiest foods. They are packed with vitamins and antioxidants that help make our bodies healthy and strong – and they taste good too!

I’ve been looking to do a summer fruit based cocktail that wasn’t a margarita, or sangria. That’s when I came across a recipe for a Kiwi Mojito from Kitchen Confidante. Being not the biggest fan of rum, I used this recipe as a launching point for the Kiwi Gin Collins. The first Gin drink I ever liked was a Tom Collins, so I decided to get a little creative and merge my favorite summer fruit with one of my favorite cocktails.

Kiwi Gin Collins Recipe

We like to make a lot of our mixers and ingredients from scratch in the Brio Smart Life Test Kitchen, so I mixed up a batch of our easy made simple syrup and whipped up a quick kiwi puree for this recipe. Store bought purees and syrups are fine to use if you don’t have time to make your own, but they might contain extra sugar and junk preservatives than you might like for this cocktail.

Kiwi Gin cocktails might be my new favorite cocktails. Strained or not Strained, this Kiwi Gin Collins has the right amount of sweet and sour with that herbal kick you get from the gin. Grab yourself a glass and let’s get to whipping up some delicious drink of the week cocktails!

 

Kiwi Gin Collins

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2.7 Ounces Gin
  • 1.5 Ounces Kiwi Puree
  • 1 Ounce Lime Juice
  • 2 Ounces Club Soda
  • ½ Ounce Simple Syrup
  • Mint Sprigs for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Spoon
  • Strainer [Optional]
  • Blender [For Kiwi Puree]

 

Preparation

Kiwi Puree: Slice off the top and bottom of two to three kiwis. Next, take a spoon and insert it under the fruit skin and run it all the way around the kiwi. This will separate the skin from the fruit in an easy stroke. Once the skin has been separated from the fruit, simply squeeze out the kiwi and discard the peel in the bin. Take your freshly naked kiwis and pop them into a blender and blend until smooth.

Kiwi Gin Collins: Fill glass with desired amount of ice. In a cocktail shaker, add gin, lime juice, simple syrup, and kiwi puree. Shake that baby up until the ingredients are well mixed. If you don’t want the kiwi seeds in your cocktail, place a strainer over the cocktail shaker and pour the cocktail over ice. Otherwise, pour the entire mixture over ice and top with chilled club soda or seltzer water. Stir together with a spoon, add more ice as needed and garnish with a few sprigs of mint. Enjoy!

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 160 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 215 Carbohydrates (g) 12 Dietary Fiber (g) 2.1 Total Sugars (g) 8.5 Protein (g) 0.8 Sodium (mg) 2

 

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Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

Cocktails You’ll Want To Make This Summer

Sip on something satisfying this summer

This summer is supposed to be the hottest we’ve ever had on record. Just thinking of temperatures higher than 85 degrees has me sprawling for an ice cold drink, and I can’t be the only one. These tasty libations are 12 cocktails that you’ll want to make this summer.

Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

 

These summer cocktails will keep you cool in the heat.

Living in coastal North Carolina comes with its pros and cons. The beach is just 15 minutes around the corner, but that means tourists will be hogging the seats down in local bars for the next three months. Great for the bars, but not so much for locals. So during summer, I often find myself enjoying a sip or two at home with friends and family around the firepit, instead of heading out to the club.

As soon as June rolls on in, it’s time to stock up your home bar with all the goodies for summer cookouts and pool parties. As a rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to keep Gin, Vodka, Whiskey, and Rum or Tequila always in stock. They are also your staples for the drinks we will be discussing below.

[Related Article: How to Stock Your Home Bar]

 

Bourbon Arnold Palmer

Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

Image // Adobe Stock / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

 

Gin Cucumber Cocktail

Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

Image // Becky Striepe / Recipe from // Glue and Glitter

 

Alabama Slammer

Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

Image & Recipe from // Mix That Drink

 

Tequila Blackberry Lemonade

Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

Image // Adobe Stock / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

 

Mango and Blackberry Vodka Cooler

Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

Image & Recipe from // foolproof living

 

These LaCroix Cocktails

Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

Image & Recipe from // Gizmodo Happy Hour

 

Spring Showers

Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

Image & Recipe from // Cocktail Enthusiast

 

Rosé Spritzer

Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

Image // Christopher Testani / Recipe from // bon appetit

 

Sgroppino al Limone

Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

Image // Adobe Stock / Recipe from // Brio Drink of the Week

 

Citrus Gin Sodas

Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

Image // Lisa / Recipe from // Garnish with Lemon

 

Blood Orange [Red Red] Rita

Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

Image & Recipe from // Cocktail Enthusiast

 

Rumchata Iced Coffee

Cocktails You'll Want To Make This Summer

Image & Recipe from // Lunds&Byerlys

 

Sip On This!

Looking for some low-calorie summer cocktails? Head over to our friends at Positive Health Wellness for 8 Low Calories Summer Cocktail Recipes that You Must Try! You’ll really enjoy them!

8 Low Calorie Summer Cocktail Recipes You MUST Try

 

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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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Drink of the Week: Sweet Love’n Martini

Drink of the Week - Sweet Love'n Martini

 

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day!

This Drink of the Week is a mash up of the Melting Pot‘s crowd favorite Love Martini and the Woo Woo cocktail. The Peach and cranberry merge to add sweet flavor, while the mixture of rum and Vodka give it a smooth feel. The Sweet Love’n Martini is a delicious combination that will complement a romantic evening with your Valentine.

 

Sweet Love’n Martini

Ingredients You’ll Need:
  • .75 Ounces Light Rum
  • .75 Ounces Peach Schnapps
  • .75 Ounces Vodka
  • 4.5 Ounces Cranberry Juice
  • Strawberries for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:
  • Jigger
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Martini Glass

 

Preparation

Pour the rum, peach schnapps, vodka, and cranberry juice into the shaker. If your cranberry juice is not chilled, add ice into the shaker. Shake the cocktail mixture together, and pour into martini glass. Garnish drink with a strawberry and enjoy! For extra dreaminess, rim the martini glass with pink or red sugar first.

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal)250 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 25.8 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 15.7 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 13.4

 

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Drink of the Week: Broncos Orange Shandy

DOTW-DenverBroncosOrangeShandy

 

Get ready for Super Bowl 50!

Don’t cry Bronco Fans, we’ve got you covered too. This Super Bowl themed Drink of the Week comes to us from the folks at Creative Culinary: The Denver Broncos Orange Shandy. Beer and orange juice might sound like an odd combination, but they prove to be great team players in this cocktail. Will Peyton come out on top? Fingers crossed Broncos.

 

Denver Broncos Orange Shandy

Ingredients You’ll Need:
  • 8 Ounces Tequila
  • 2 Ounces Triple Sec
  • 2 Ounces Orange Juice
  • 24 Ounces Chilled Lager
  • Orange for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:
  • Pitcher or Punch Bowl
  • Pilsner Glass
  • Highball Glass

 

Preparation

In a pitcher or punch bowl, mix together tequila, triple sec, and orange juice. Add the lager to mixture and stir. Fill a pilsner or highball glass with ice, and pour cocktail mix into glass. Recipe serves 4 to 6. Enjoy!

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 210 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 9 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 11 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 11

 

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Drink of the Week: Adios Denver Broncos Cocktail

Drink of the Week - Adios Denver Broncos

 

Get ready for Super Bowl 50!

Looking for a drink that will knock your socks off as you watch the big game this Sunday? The Adios Denver Broncos is here to add a bit of Carolina Blue to your Super Bowl party. In this Super Bowl themed Drink of the Week, we used lemonade instead of Club Soda or 7-Up® to put a little Carolina twist on the classic Adios Motherfucker (AMF) cocktail. Keep Pounding Panthers Nation.

 

Adios Denver Broncos (AMF)

Ingredients You’ll Need:
  • 1/2 Ounce Vodka
  • 1/2 Ounce Rum
  • 1/2 Ounce Tequila
  • 1/2 Ounce Gin
  • 1/2 Ounce Blue Curacao
  • 2 Ounces Sweet and Sour Mix
  • 2 Ounces Lemonade
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:
  • Jigger or Shot glass
  • Pilsner Glass
  • Highball Glass

 

Preparation

First pour vodka, rum, tequila, gin, blue curacao, and sweet and sour mix over ice. Top the mixture with lemonade and give it a quick stir. Enjoy!

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 191 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 10 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 9 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 11

 

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