This Saké Sangria is a deliciously refreshing blend of fruits and herbs that is perfect for summer sipping.

Epic Saké Sangria for Summer

Nothing beats the heat like a little [Saké] Sangria!

Sangria isn’t just for wine lovers anymore! This Saké Sangria is a deliciously refreshing blend of fruits and herbs that is perfect for summer sipping.

Nothing beats the heat like a little [Saké] Sangria!

The concept of sangria has always been just outside of my reach, as I just so happen to be allergic to wine. I know that must sound tragic to some of you, but I have a delicious alternative to wine without the extreme headache: Saké.

If you’ve never tried Saké before here’s a quick crash course in the different types of saké.

Saké, contrary to popular belief, is not rice wine. It’s actually brewed like beer, and even has a higher alcohol content than both beer and wine! But much like wine, saké makes for a great base for sangria.

Nigori saké, unfiltered saké that is “cloudy” or “milky” in appearance, is a popular choice for saké based cocktails and sangrias. Hakutsuru Sayuri Nigori Saké is one of my favorites for its creamy sweetness and mild floral notes.

The combination of this mildly sweet saké and pear juice is delicate and delicious, and may not require much extra sweetener, which is why this recipe gives you the option to add simple syrup or not.

This is how you make our Summer Saké Sangria!

 

Saké Sangria

Yields: 6 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Bottle Hakutsuru Sayuri Nigori Saké
  • 4 Ounces Sparkling Water
  • 2 Ounces Pear Juice
  • ½ Teaspoon Simple Syrup [Optional]
  • 1 Pear [Sliced]
  • 1 Grapefruit [Sliced]
  • 5 Sprigs Rosemary
  • Grapefruit Section for Garnish
  • Sprig of Rosemary for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Stemless Wine Glasses
  • Pitcher
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Saké Sangria: Add saké and pear juice to a pitcher with ice. Drop in the mixture of rosemary, sliced pear and grapefruit, and stir together. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Remove from fridge, and top with sparkling water. Stir to combine and let stand. Pour into a stemless wine glass over a couple of ice cubes. Garnish with grapefruit section and sprig of rosemary. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 120 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 12 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 8 Protein (g) 0.5 Sodium (mg) 10

This Saké Sangria is a deliciously refereshing blend of fruits and herbs that is perfect for summer sipping.

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

Classic Piña Colada Recipe

If you like Piña Coladas and our drinks of the week…

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

Drink of the week recipe: Pina Colada

Its name meaning “strained pineapple” in Spanish, and hails from the island of Puerto Rico. The Piña Colada even has its own annual holiday there on July 10th. The Piña Colada of today was created sometime in the 1950s with the invention of the blender and Coco Lopez; however, there are references to a similar drink that was made a century before.

Coco Lopez is a vital ingredient for the cocktail because it replicates rich coconut cream, which is difficult to extract from coconuts. Once Coco Lopez hit the market, everyone from cooks to bartenders started to experiment with it. Luckily for us, the Piña Colada cocktail was one of the creations brought to life with Coco Lopez.

There are three people from Puerto Rico that have claims to the creation of the Piña Colada. The most popular story is that Ramón “Monchito” Marrero Pérez of the Caribe Hilton in San Juan was asked to create a signature drink for the hotel.

After months of trial-and-error, he mixed together a cocktail that used rum, pineapple, condensed milk, and coconut cream on August 16, 1954. Ricardo Garcia, who also worked at the Caribe Hilton, crafted a similarly flavored drink using Coco Lopez, rum, and coconut juice and served the cocktail in a coconut.

On one fateful day, Garcia ran out of coconuts so he served the cocktail in a hollowed out pineapple and that method remains popular to this day. Lastly, Ramón Portas Mingot, head bartender of the Barrachina Restaurant, also made a cocktail using rum and Coco Lopez.

These three bartenders created their cocktails between the years of 1952-1963 and by 1978, the Piña Colada was so famous that Puerto Rico named the delicious drink as its national cocktail…and a hit single for Rupert Holmes.

We’ve tested through a bunch of Piña Colada recipes, but the Original is still the best. The Original Piña Colada Recipe (according to the Caribe Hilton) requires the use of Coco Lopez and a Puerto Rican rum, such as Don Q Cristal.

So let’s show you how to make Piña Coladas.

 

Piña Colada

Yields: 2 Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces White Rum
  • 1 Ounce Coconut cream (Coco Lopez to be authentic)
  • 1 Ounce Heavy cream
  • 6 Ounces Fresh pineapple juice
  • 5 Cups Crushed Ice
  • Pineapple & Cherry for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Tall Glass
  • Jigger
  • Blender

 

Preparation

Piña Colada: Pour ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth and serve in a tall glass. Garnish with fresh pineapple and a cherry.

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 245 Fat (g) 2.7 Saturated Fat (g) 2.3 Potassium (mg) 100 Carbohydrates (g) 32 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.4 Total Sugars (g) 31 Protein (g) 0.6 Sodium (mg) 8

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

 
 

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This is how you make a Caipirinha fit for an Olympian!

Medal Worthy Caipirinha

Celebrate the Summer Games with Brazilian Cocktails!

The 2016 summer games has been filled with a lot of controversy, but all we’ll be filling is another glass of Caipirinhas.

Drink of the week: Classic Lime Caipirinha

Hey Brio drink of the week lovers! We’ve been having a lot of fun watching the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil. Our home team has been kicking butt! In that spirit, we decided to dedicate this week’s drink of the week to the national cocktail of Brazil, the Caipirinha. This Caipirinha recipe will be the perfect addition to any Olympic closing ceremony viewing party!

There used to be a Brazilian Steakhouse in town that made a killer Caipirinha, but they went out of business. It was so sad. I haven’t had one since they closed, so when the Olympic games started in Rio, I took a perusal through Pinterest to see how I could make some while I watched the opening ceremonies with my mom [It’s tradition – we just add cocktails now].

The name is pronounced kai-pee-ree-nyah, but I always get tongue tied trying to properly pronounce it. Portuguese is definitely not my forte. The Caipirinha is a cousin of the Mojito, and is made with Cachaça. If you’ve never had Cachaça before it’s a little like rum, but has more of a tart taste to it. When muddles together with lime and sugar, cachaça becomes an enjoyable treat. Stateside, this drink makes a perfect summer cocktail and a great addition to watching the summer Olympic games.

This is how you make a medal worthy Caipirinha!

 

Caipirinha

Yields: 6 Servings

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Cachaça
  • 2 Teaspoons Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Small Limes, Quartered
  • Lime Wheel for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Old Fashioned Glasses
  • Muddler or Long Spoon

 

Preparation

Caipirinha: Muddle limes and sugar together at the bottom of an old-fashioned glass until sugar dissolves. Add ice to glass, and top with cachaça. Stir together, and add more ice. Garnish with lime wheel, and enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 263 Fat (g) 0.15 Saturated Fat (g) 0.018 Potassium (mg) 81 Carbohydrates (g) 16.62 Dietary Fiber (g) 2.1 Total Sugars (g) 9.65 Protein (g) 0.55 Sodium (mg) 4

This is how you make a Caipirinha fit for an Olympian!

 
 

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Delicious Grapefruit Margaritas with Ruby Red Grapefruit

Grapefruit Margarita

This is one fruity frozen cocktail

These grapefruit margaritas are a sweet frozen treat ready for this summer heat.

Drink of the week: Grapefruit Margaritas

Fruity margaritas are a summertime staple, and this drink of the week is a very sweet frozen treat. Grapefruit margaritas are some of my favorites. They are tangy, tasty, and damn right yummy. I was introduced to grapefruit margaritas at a baby shower. They used them as a way to let everyone know that they were having a little girl. It was a cute touch.

We’ve mixed up a few different margaritas before in the Brio Smart Life Kitchen, but these are some of the tastiest by far. I also wasn’t really strict with the bottling for this recipe either. I just used what I had left of the Lunazul Blanco Tequila from when we made the Blood Orange Margaritas and some Deep Eddy’s Ruby Red vodka, but use any kind of grapefruit vodka you like. You can use freshly squeezed grapefruit juice or from the carton, it won’t hurt the drink in any way if you choose to use Tropicana. I take shortcuts too and got some fresh grapefruit juice from our local fresh market.

Frozen cocktails are not everyone’s shot of whiskey. Some people like their margaritas on the rocks, and you can totally do this recipe that way if you feel so inclined. Since I made this as a frozen recipe, if you want to do these on the rocks: Forgo the blender for a cocktail shaker and pour the cocktail over ice. It’s simple really.

So let’s show you how to make these Grapefruit Margaritas.

 

Grapefruit Margarita

Yields: 6 Servings
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 6 Ounces Blanco Tequila
  • 2.5 Ounces Red Grapefruit Vodka
  • 8 Ounces Fresh Grapefruit Juice
  • 2 Ounces Simple Syrup
  • 1 Ounce Lime Juice
  • Grapefruit Sections for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Short Glasses
  • Jigger
  • Blender
  • Salt or Sugar for Rims [Optional]

 

Preparation

How to Rim the Glass: Run a section of the grapefruit wedge along the rim of the glass. Dip rim into the salt or sugar to evenly coat. Set aside.

Grapefruit Margarita: In a blender, pour tequila, vodka, grapefruit juice, simple syrup, and lime juice over 3 to 4 cups of ice. Blend until smooth, and pour into glasses. Garnish with section of grapefruit. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 166 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 91 Carbohydrates (g) 22 Dietary Fiber (g) 0.8 Total Sugars (g) 19.2 Protein (g) 0.4 Sodium (mg) 32

Delicious Grapefruit Margaritas with Ruby Red Grapefruit

 
 
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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

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Hemsley Collins

The Tale of A Bartender’s Delicious Mistake

Tom Collins lovers take note. The Hemsley Collins is a refreshingly light and tart take on the Vodka Collins that you should be drinking right now.

Drink of the week: Hemsley Collins

I have a bit of a confession to make to make to you Brio Readers. Until last night, I have never tried a vodka Collins. That was until last night at dinner when the bartender used Gordon’s vodka in my Tom Collins instead of Gordon’s gin. Oh, the scandal of it all!

via Giphy // I’ll give you Collins lovers out there a minute to recover from the shock

I know, I know! I’m more of a gin in my Collins kind of girl. I will add a little caveat that she forgot to use simple syrup in the drink, which made the cocktail a bit more tart than I was expecting, but still sippable. Anyways, I liked it. Let’s just say my cocktail horizons were opened just little a bit.

So when I got home, I looked up a recipe for a Vodka Collins and came across this delicious little number called a Hemsley Collins on Pinterest. Wondering how it tasted, I opened up the liquor cabinet and got to mixing.

Unlike a regular vodka Collins, a Hemsley Collins uses raw honey in exchange for granulated sugar or simple syrup. It does still have that tart bite you come to expect from Collins drinks, but it’s not too strong. You can also up the honey if you like it a little sweeter. I added another tablespoon of organic honey after a little taste test. For this cocktail, I used San Pellegrino Sparkling Water [because yes I have a case of it I need to use up] and Gordon’s Vodka, as it’s what the bartender was using and it wasn’t hard to find at the local ABC store.

The Hemsley Collins is a refreshingly light and tart take on the Vodka Collins, and might just be a new addition to my night out cocktail list. Sometimes your bartender’s mix up can be one wonderful experience.

 

Hemsley Collins

Yields: 2 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1.7 Ounces Vodka
  • 1½ Ounces Lemon Juice
  • 2 Ounces Raw Honey
  • 5 Ounces San Pellegrino Sparkling Water
  • Mint & Lemon Slices for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Collins Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Hemsley Collins: In a cocktail shaker, add vodka, lemon juice, and honey. Shake well, and pour into ice-filled Collins glasses. Top with San Pellegrino. Add a few slices of lemon and stir. Garnish with mint. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 120 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 20 Carbohydrates (g) 3.06 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 2.44 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 22

Hemsley Collins Recipe

 

 

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Blood Orange Margarita Recipe

Blood Orange Margarita

Summertime Equals Lots of Margaritas

This Blood Orange Margarita gives the classic margarita a run for its money. With Blood Orange San Pellegrino and Grand Marnier, this drink of the week ain’t your typical margarita.

Drink of the week: Blood Orange Margaritas

Break out the margarita glasses, Brio Drink of the Week lovers! We are shaking it up a bit in honor of National Grand Marnier Day with this Blood Orange Margarita recipe. This recipe was originally crafted by our friends at Beard & Bonnet, but we changed up their preparation and serving styles.

I love blood orange juice. There is something about it that I just enjoy more than regular orange juice, and being half Italian I have a torrid love affair with San Pellegrino. I’ve tried different ways of making Blood Orange Margaritas in the past and this is my favorite recipe so far. It doesn’t even need the salt/sugar rim it’s so good! But go ahead your deserve it.

For this recipe, I cracked open a bottle of Grand Marnier® that I had been saving for special occasions. Now I know Grand Marnier® can be a bit expensive. That’s why I typically save it for special nights and use Triple Sec for parties. But Grand Marnier® is one of those Orange Liquors that is worth splurging on a bit.

I’m kind of picky with tequila because I don’t particularly like the taste of it. I hate drinking straight tequila, but Lunazul Blanco Tequila is my current favorite. I use it for all of my margaritas. It also paired really well with the Grand Marnier® and Blood Orange San Pellegrino in this Blood Orange Margarita recipe.

 

Blood Orange Margarita

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 Ounce White Tequila
  • ½ Ounce Grand Marnier
  • 1 Ounce Lime Juice
  • 6 Ounces Aranciata Rossa [Blood Orange] San Pellegrino
  • Orange Slices for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Highball Glass or Mason Jar Glass
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Salt/Sugar for Rims [Optional]
  • Blender [For Frozen Margaritas]

 

Preparation

Blood Orange Margarita on the rocks: Fill a tall glass or mason jar glass halfway with ice. In a cocktail shaker, add white tequila, Grand Marnier, lime juice, Blood Orange San Pellegrino, and ice. Shake well. Pour into glass and garnish with orange slice. Enjoy!

Frozen Blood Orange Margarita: Chill a tall glass or mason jar glass in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes. In a blender, add white tequila, Grand Marnier, lime juice, and Blood Orange San Pellegrino to 2 to 3 cups of ice. Blend together until smooth. Pour into glass and garnish with orange slice. Enjoy!

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 226 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 215 Carbohydrates (g) 13 Dietary Fiber (g) 2.1 Total Sugars (g) 13 Protein (g) 0.05 Sodium (mg) .83

Blood Orange Margarita Recipe With Blood Orange San Pellegrino and Grand Marnier

 

 

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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.

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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

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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

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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!

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This Rosemary Gin Fizz is super refreshing and easy to make.

Rosemary Gin Fizz Cocktail

Nothing beats a nice day and refreshing gin fizz!

This Rosemary Gin Fizz is super refreshing and easy to make.

Drink Of The Week: Rosemary Gin Fizz

There’s nothing more comforting than sitting on the porch on warm days and nights with a good drink. Down south, sipping cocktails, like this Drink of the Week, is a Springtime and Summertime staple.

After her death, a friend of Julia Child’s told a story of when a sommelier asked her to name her favorite wine, she replied, “Gin.”. Obviously, the Queen of French Cooking [and butter…sorry Paula] knew how to party. Much like Julia Child, we love us some Gin here in the Brio kitchen, and this Rosemary Gin Fizz is to die for!

Folks have a love-hate relationship with gin. I have heard it described as “Christmas in a bottle” for its pine-like aroma, and I happen to agree. I love the smell of gin. Though I will never be one of those folks who can drink gin straight, some gin cocktails happen to be my favorites.

This Rosemary Gin Fizz happens to be one of them.

The Gin Fizz has many variations. They come in numerous flavors, with different ingredients, some of which include using eggs. It’s added for frothiness, but all I can say is – YUCK! I can’t understand how people can drink raw eggs, let alone add them to alcohol.

In this Rosemary Gin Fizz – you guessed it – we added the herbal taste of Rosemary to the mix. We also opted for honey instead of granulated sugar.

Honey is delicious, nutritious and it’s healthier than regular sugar. Plus, you can use creamed, raw, or infused honey, like elderflower or thyme honey, for this recipe. We used Vintage Bee Creamed Honey. I personally love the way their Raw Creamed Honey with Lemon tastes, and since it’s made here in North Carolina. It also pairs very well with whiskey in a Hot Toddy.

Grab your Drink of the Week glass and enjoy yourself a Rosemary Gin Fizz!

 

Rosemary Gin Fizz

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1½ Ounces Gin
  • 3 Ounces Club Soda
  • Juice of 1 Small Lemon
  • 3 Sprigs of Fresh Rosemary
  • ½ Teaspoon Honey
  • Lemon Wedge for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Lowball or Stemless Wine Glass
  • Muddler or Spoon

 

Preparation

Rosemary Gin Fizz: Muddle a sprig of rosemary, lemon juice, and honey together on the bottom of a Stemless Wine glass, with a muddler or spoon. Fill glass halfway with ice, and pour gin over the muddled mixture. Stir together with spoon, and top with club soda. Continue stirring for a few seconds and let settle. Garnish with rosemary and lemon wedge.

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 119 Fat (g) 0.2 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 91 Carbohydrates (g) 8.1 Dietary Fiber (g) 1.6 Total Sugars (g) 6.5 Protein (g) 0.7 Sodium (mg) 3

This Rosemary Gin Fizz is super refreshing and easy to make.

 

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