Cocktail of the Week: Spiked, Rosemary, Peach Lemonade

Spiked, Rosemary, Peach Leomonade

Cocktail of the Week: Spiked, Rosemary, Peach Lemonade

I will be meeting tonight with some of my favorite ladies and was inspired to bring an “Adult” beverage. This large batch recipe works well for any summertime gathering and can be cut in half or easily doubled for a big crowd. A perfect refreshment for a summertime shower, barbeque or for a meeting of very deserving volunteers. Cheers!

1 ½ cups Vodka
½ cup Cointreau (or your favorite citrus flavored liquor)
1 cup Rosemary Syrup*
1 ½ cup Fresh Lemon Juice (approximately 6 lemons)
3 Fresh Peaches
Club soda or Seltzer
One Lemon for garnish
2 sprigs of fresh Rosemary for garnish

Cut two of the peaches into chunks and puree. Pour Lemon Juice and Rosemary Syrup into a large pitcher, add pureed Peach and stir well. Add Vodka and Cointreau. Slice the lemon into thinly-sliced wheels and remove any seeds before adding to the pitcher. Slice the last peach and add to the pitcher. Add the Rosemary sprigs to the pitcher. Stir well. Add club soda or seltzer to taste – approximately one liter. If the Lemonade is too sweet, add additional lemon juice. Add ice to the pitcher or pour over ice and serve. Mmmmm.

*To make Rosemary Syrup, place 2 – 3 sprigs of Rosemary in a small saucepan. Muddle the rosemary slightly with a muddler or the back of the spoon – to release the flavor. Add 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water to the saucepan and heat on medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved. The longer you simmer, the stronger the Rosemary flavor – you do not want the Rosemary to overwhelm the fruit so simmer on low for just a few minutes and then cover and let the Rosemary steep into the Syrup for another 10 – 20 minutes. Let Syrup cool before mixing into cocktails. Store Rosemary Syrup in a tightly closed glass jar in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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Cocktail of the Week: Lola’s Lemon Cooler

Cocktail of the Week: Lola’s Lemon Cooler
Lola's Lemon Cooler
A few days ago my friend Noreen and her dog Lola were out for a walk and surprised me with a bottle of her amazing home brewed Limoncello. Delicious straight up or on the rocks, Limoncello also brings a lovely, summery flavor to cocktails.  Noreen, walk Lola over for a visit and cocktail anytime!

Makes two:
2oz Limoncello
3oz London Dry Gin – I used Bombay
Seltzer or Club Soda
Thinly Sliced Lemon
Mint

Fill two tall glasses with ice and two Lemon Slices.  Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add Limoncello and Gin, cover and shake well.  Strain as you pour the Limoncello and Gin mixture into the two glasses.  Top with Seltzer, Garnish with Mint.  Call a friend to come over and enjoy the other one!

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Cocktail of the Week: The Jasmine Cocktail

Cocktail of the Week:  The Jasmine Cocktail

Jasmine Specialty Cocktail

It is Oscar Sunday and if you are looking for a sophisticated specialty cocktail to brighten your party try a Jasmine Cocktail.  This twist on a Negroni blends the earthiness of Campari with smooth citrus Cointreau and Lemon for a snappy sip.   

1 ½oz Gin
¾oz Fresh-squeezed Lemon Juice
½oz Cointreau
½oz Campari
Lemon Twist for garnish 

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add Gin, Lemon Juice Cointreau, Campari.  Shake well then strain as your pour into a chilled martini glass or coupe.  Garnish with a Lemon Twist.

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Cocktail of the Week: Bees Knees

Bees Knees In these last sultry days of summer get your party buzzing with this classic citrus sipper.

2 ½ oz of your favorite Gin
1oz fresh squeezed Lemon Juice
1oz Honey Syrup*

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour all of the ingredients into the cocktail shaker. Shake and pour into a chilled glass. Enjoy!
*To make Honey Syrup mix ¼ cup honey in ¼ cup very hot water until the honey is completely dissolved. Let the syrup cool before using in a cocktail.

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Cocktail of the Week: Sidecar

sidecar

Cocktail of the Week: Sidecar
This prohibition-era classic has questionable origins but the refreshing citrus zing combined with spicy cognac will leave you with no doubt that it is time to mix another!

3 oz Cognac
1 ½ oz Cointreau
1 ½ oz Lemon Juice
I slice of Lemon
A few tablespoons of Sugar
Ice
A cocktail shaker
Makes Two

Wipe the rims of two glasses with the Lemon Slice to moisten. Pour sugar on a plate and rotate the edges of the glasses through the sugar until the rim has been coated. Half fill the cocktail shaker with ice. Pour Cognac, Cointreau and Lemon Juice over Ice. Cover and shake. Strain into the two prepared glasses. Sip and enjoy!

Cocktail of the Week: Sparkling Lemonflower

Sparkley Lemon Flower

Cocktail of the Week: Sparkling Lemonflower
I know it sounds like something you should share with fairies and unicorns but this refreshing cocktail is perfect for a beautiful summer day!

2 oz St. Germain elderflower liquor
3 oz chilled Prosecco
Small scoop of Lemon Sorbet or Lemon Italian Ice
Lemon Twist

Into a champagne flute, pour in St. Germain, add Prosecco, garnish with a Lemon Twist and just before serving, top with the frozen ball of Lemon Ice. Sip and enjoy!

Do ahead: Line a cookie sheet or plate with parchment paper. Using a melon baller, scoop small balls of Lemon Sorbet or Lemon Italian Ice and place on the parchment paper and freeze until solid. Once the balls are frozen solid, you can move them into a bag to save freezer space.