Summer is here! …well almost anyway. In the Pacific Northwest sometimes it is just too soon to tell! We get teased with a little bit of sunshine only to have to dig out our rain jackets the following day. Regardless of the weather, it’s been a long 6 months since the beginning of the year. We think it’s about time you treat yourself to some tasty adult beverages as the kids are out of school and the sun peaks out. Enjoy!!
SANGRIA | PEARL COLLINS | SHISO DROP | BLOOD ORANGE MARGARITA
Serves 4 to 6
1 – 750ml bottle of red wine (I like a Rioja or a Tempranillo)
1/3 cup of brandy
1 each cinnamon stick
Seasonal fruit ¼ inch cubed or sliced, needs to fit in your serving glass with ice
– oranges, star fruit, watermelon, peaches, apples, whatever!
Splash of club soda
Mix everything into a large party or punch bowl with ice except the soda, add the soda right before serving! Drink carefully…this stuff will catch up with you quickly!
1 ounce St. Germaine
Seasonal Fresh Berries (try blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, kumquats!)
Squeeze of lime
In tall glass, pour all ingredients in, finishing with the soda water – stir and serve!
I large shiso leaf
1 sugar cube
1 ½ ounces vodka (we use Veev Acai )
½ ounce triple sec
Squeeze of lemon
In a martini shaker muddle (crush) the shiso leaf and sugar with ice. Add vodka and triple sec, shake and strain into a chilled martini glass, enjoy!
Blood Orange Margarita
1 ounce Veev Acai
1 ½ ounce tequila (we use El Jimador)
1 ounce lime sour
Squeeze of blood orange and tangerine puree (try out these great products at The Perfect Puree)
Sprig of rosemary
Combine the ingredients above into a martini shaker with ice. Salt the rim of a chilled pint glass. Shake and strain the margarita into the rim-salted pint glass. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary – arrriba!