Articles Tagged: Summer Coolers

Lemon Lavender Cocktail

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This light and refreshing drink is perfect for weddings, garden parties … or any time you want to toast something beautiful. My latest creation is a champagne cocktail made with limoncello, gin, a hint of lavender and, of course, champagne.

It’s a subtle cocktail that will please lots of different tastes.

If you want a more pronounced lavender flavor and aroma in the drink, after you muddle the flowers with the lemon and limoncello, leave … Read more

Backyard Barbeque Michelada

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Father’s Day is around the corner and this year mix your Dad up a Backyard Barbeque Michelada, a cocktail created by mixologist Jim Meehan owner of PDT in New York City. He created this unique cocktail as the perfect accompaniment to an evening spent outdoors.

If you really want to impress Dad, turn him on to the new trend of flasktails. Get him a nice flask, fill it with a Backyard Barbeque Michelda. Dad will … Read more

The Black Pearl

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When it comes to tropical drinks, it’s hard to improve on the classics. Though some may attempt, many times their concoctions can become either a carbon-copy of an old one or a tart mix to cover up a bland rum. However, once in a blue moon a new cocktail takes the common tools of a Tiki Technician and whips up a drink that anyone would pass up a common Zombie for.

This drink was created … Read more

Fancy Bourbon Punch

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Ingredients:
1 liter Maker’s Mark
1 cup granulated sugar
Peels of 3 lemons and 1 orange
Juice of peeled fruit
1 liter of strong tea (preferably green tea)
250 ml champagne (club soda can be used for a less fancy version)
Freshly grated nutmeg

Directions:
Combine sugar and citrus peels in the bottom of a punch bowl. Muddle together until sugar starts to clump together. Let sit for about 2 hours, (while not necessary, this … Read more

La Estrella

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This is the time of year before summer  gives us the kind of good weather that makes for lazy afternoons on the deck or at a backyard barbecue. For laid-back sipping, I like this refreshing and light cocktail that’s like margarita’s mellow cousin.

I used the beautiful Rio Star red grapefruits that are available right now, along with fresh lime, mint, tequila and triple sec. Estrella means star in Spanish, so I gave the drink … Read more

Kahlua Mocha Freeze

Ingredients:
1 oz Kahlúa Mocha
2 oz chilled coffee
2 oz milk or cream

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Add ice and blend until smooth. Serve in a large highball or tall glass.

You can also substitute two scoops of ice cream for the milk/cream.

Courtesy of Kahlúa.… Read more

Tin Cup

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This scotch cocktail was created by Andrew Pollard for the Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival. Inspired in part by the Pimm’s Cup, this is made for outdoor sipping. It’s a great way to use ginger beer, much like a Dark and Stormy, with a new range of flavors.

Ingredients:
1 ½ oz Macallan Fine Oak 10 Year
½ oz fresh lime juice
3 dashes Angostura bitters
Gosling’s ginger beer
Mint sprig

Directions:
Dry shake … Read more

Paloma

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Margaritas are a great way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. But they’re not the only way! Here’s one of my favorite tequila cocktails, the Paloma. This cocktail is a tall, cool and not too sweet. Tequila, lime and grapefruit juice (or soda). So nice on a hot day.

Ingredients:
2 oz tequila (blanco or reposado)
1 oz lime juice
4-5 oz grapefruit juice or soda
1 pinch of salt

Directions:
Build in a tall glass … Read more

Mango Margarita

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Fresh mango is fantastic. It’s lightly sweet, and its tropical flavor can instantly transport you to a relaxing place. Put that in a margarita and you have a winner!

This delightful fresh mango margarita will pair equally well with spicy food on Cinco de Mayo or a lovely brunch or picnic on Mother’s Day. I may just do both … it’s that good.Read more

Michelada

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Looking for a new way to drink beer? Want to skip the tequila this Cinco de Mayo? Try a Michelada. It’s a Mexican beer cocktail!

Some beer companies have started selling Michelada premixed in cans. The canned varieties have been, in my experience, well, gross. And it’s so easy and cheap to make, there’s no reason to risk a bad Michelada.

There are many variations on the recipe out there. This one is just the … Read more

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