Refreshing Mermaid Lemonade

This lemonade makes a splash!

Everybody wants to be a mermaid! So why not drink like one? This refreshing Mermaid Lemonade is the perfect poolside cocktail for this summer’s scorching heatwaves.

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These are the 5 cocktail recipes you need for this summer

The 5 Cocktail Recipes You Need This Summer

Summertime is Cocktail Season!

Nothing makes the warm weather of Summer more enjoyable than a crisp fresh cocktail! These 5 cocktails are our top picks for summertime cocktail recipes.

The 5 Cocktail Recipes You Need This Summer

Summer is one of my favorite times of year to enjoy a light and refereshing cocktail poolside or while chilling on the beach. But not all summer cocktail recipes are created equal.

We’ve collected a number of summer cocktail recipes here for the Brio Smart Life Blog, and these are our top selections for best cocktail recipes you need to know this summer!

 

BLACKBERRY JULEP

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The Blackberry Julep adds the delicious essence of one of springtime’s favorite berries to that classic Mint Julep recipe.

 

Watermelon Moscato Sangria

Summer Watermelon Moscato Sangira

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

 

Blood Orange Margarita

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This Blood Orange Margarita gives the classic margarita a run for its money.

 

Pear Saké Sangria

Pear Sake Sangria

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

 

Sgroppino al Limone

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Who doesn’t love a good lemon sorbet in the summertime? Especially when it’s lovingly drenched in vodka and Prosecco.

 

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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.

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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

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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.

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Try this delicious Watermelon Sangria made with Moscato!

Watermelon Sangria

Oh baby, it’s scorching outside

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

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.

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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 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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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 you 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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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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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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