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Summer Lovin’: Unique Cocktail Recipes

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Summer is officially here! You’ll have some nice, sunny weekends to spend with friends and family and time to sit back and relax with a good cocktail.

If you’re tired of the same reliable cocktails here are some different options.

Watermelon Margarita

melon_watermelon.jegWhen you think of summer, it’s hard not to think about watermelon – it’s the ultimate summer food. It’s a pretty easy recipe that is simple and easy.

Directions

Puree 1 1/2 cups cubed watermelon, 1 cup tequila, 1/2 cup each lime juice and orange liqueur, 1 to 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 3 cups ice in a blender. Divide among glasses; garnish with lime and watermelon.

Recipe and photo by foodnetwork.com

Beer Colada

beer_coladaHere’s an interesting combination for those who like and drink both beer and fruity drinks – a beer colada!

Ingredients

2 cups ice

1 1/2 ounces pineapple juice

1 1/2 ounces coconut-flavored rum

12 ounces lager or light beer

Pineapple spear and pineapple slice, for garnish

Directions

Fill a cocktail shaker with the ice. Add the pineapple juice and rum and shake. Strain into a 20-ounce beer mug or Pilsner glass. Top off with the beer and stir briefly. Garnish with the pineapple spear and slice.

Recipe and photo by foodnetwork.com

The John the Baptist cocktail

john_thebaptistI’ve never heard of a John the Baptist cocktail, but for obvious reasons, I wanted to find out what it was. With pistachio, crème de cacao and apricot, plus a few other flavors, it sounds very intriguing.

Ingredients

Green Spot Irish Whiskey 1.5 oz

Coco Lopez .75 oz

Pistachio syrup* .5 oz

Marie Brizard Creme de Cacao Blanc .5 oz

Blume Marillen Apricot Eau de Vie .25 oz

Marie Brizard Apry .25 oz

Matcha green tea powder 2 tsp

Absinthe 2 dashes

Garnish:  Freshly grated nutmeg and fresh mint sprigs

Glass:  Tiki mug or Collins

Directions

Add all ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a tiki mug or Collins glass over fresh ice.

Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg and fresh mint sprigs.

Photo and recipe by liquor.com *find out how to make pistachio syrup at this link.

Kerasi

kerasiKerasi means cherry in Greek. This is a very exotic drink recipe, perfect for a lovely summer evening with friends or family. The combinations of peach, cherry and lemon will make a very refreshing drink.

Ingredients

2 oz. peach vodka

1 oz. cherry puree (just blend fresh pitted cherries)

0.50 oz. peach liqueur

0.50 oz. cherry brandy

0.50 oz. lemon juice

Sparkling wine, like Cava

Cherry, for garnish

Directions

Shake all ingredients but the Cava over ice and strain into a flute. Top off with Cava. Garnish with a cherry.

Photo and recipe by delish.com