Growing up, this cocktail has been a staple in every family gathering. In fact, my family is so convinced we invented this concoction (we probably didn’t) that we named it after ourselves! Don’t let the green, healthy appearance fool you. It is full of alcoholic goodness and has a serious kick to it. It is not too sweet, and is really refreshing. Additional bonus, for those of us who watch the scale, it has fewer calories then a Mojito, and goes perfect with almost any type of summer food…from light salads to heavier barbecue fair.
- 12-15 fresh mint leaves
- Can of frozen lemonade or a cup of fresh lemonade
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 1 1/2 fluid ounces vodka
- 1/2 cup club soda
Mix it all together in a mixer. If you are making it with fresh squeezed lemonade, you may want to add a bit of sugar or stivia to taste. For the non frozen variety, you can also make it in a large pitcher without using a mixer.
OUZO AND RED GRAPEFRUIT JUICE
Yasso! This is perhaps my favorite go-to cocktail. It has only two ingredients, so it is incredibly fast and easy to make. The bitter sweet taste of the grapefruit is a perfect balance for the aroma of the Anise. Traveling through the Mediterranean, you can find many variations of this refreshing and fun cocktail. You can make it with Israeli Arak, Turkish Raki or French Pastis instead of Ouzo.
- 1/4 cup ice cubes
- 1 1/2 fluid ounces Ouzo
- 1/2 cup grapefruit juice
Just mix and enjoy!
CHAMPAGNE AND LYCHEE
This cocktail looks like a Million bucks and is absolutely delicious. It is so romantic and exotic. I absolutely love it. All you need is your favorite brand of Cava, Prosecco or Champagne, and a can of lychees in syrup. Place two lychees and a bit of the syrup in each flute, and voila you are ready to party the night away! This cocktail is also great for brunches instead of the traditional Mimosas or Bellinis.
TANGY GIN AND TONIC
When in doubt, always go for the classics. Gin and tonic is easy to make and it literally goes with everything. My secret, squeeze half a lemon or lime into your mix. It adds a tangy kick that gives your cocktail a quick upgrade.
DIRTY LEMON MARTINI
And talking about the classics…here is a quick recipe for a lemon dirty martini. I love, love, love olives, so I tend to make my martinis as “dirty” as they come. I am also not a snob when it comes to the type of olives in my martini, but the traditionalists would recommend using the green stuffed olives.
- 6 fluid ounces vodka
- 1 dash dry vermouth
- 1 fluid ounce brine from olive jar
- 4 olives
Mix vodka, dry vermouth, brine and olives. Pour into a glass over ice. If you want to go all fancy, you can chill the martini glass in the freezer for half an hour before pouring the mixture in. It will make the martini cool on contact and it will also look fabulous in the process.
Bottoms up! Have a safe and happy Father’s Day!