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Carmen Cooks: Your New Signature Cocktail

Carmen Cooks: Your New Signature Cocktail

A couple of weeks ago I got to share with you my favorite recipe from Samin Nosrat’s Salt Fat Acid Heat (link) and this week I want to share my take on several great summer cocktails. These recipes are super easy to follow and many of the fresh ingredients are ones you may have growing in your garden or can purchase locally. The mint at my home is growing in full force and I just adore my phenomenal lavender plant so of course I had to use these in my creations! I chose three delicious and refreshing drinks that are easily customizable. The original recipes are accessible through links below, but the following instructions are my take on these classics. Cheers!

Tangerine Moscow Mule

(adapted from Blood Orange Moscow Mule)

Tangerine Moscow Mule

Ingredients

1 meyer lemon cut into 8 wedges
1 mint leaf
2 oz vodka
2 oz tangerine juice
4 oz ginger beer (here is a link to my favorite)
Crushed ice

Instructions

In the cup, muddle together a lemon wedge and the mint leaf to release juice and the mint’s flavor. I find a wooden reamer does the trick! Add the vodka and tangerine juice to the lemon and mint. I love this little bird-shaped juicer. Pour in the ginger beer and stir. Fill the glass with ice and garnish with lemon, mint, or both! Enjoy!

Tangerine Moscow Mule Tangerine Moscow Mule

Tangerine Moscow Mule Tangerine Moscow Mule


Peach Lavender Sangria

(adapted from Lavender Sangria)

Peach Lavender Sangria

Ingredients

1 750mL bottle of Prosecco
½ cup Altes Fasslager (this is an Austrian fruit brandy)
½ cup triple sec
2 cups of Pellegrino
½ cup lavender simple syrup (you can make this by bringing to a simmer ½ cup sugar, ½ cup water, and 2 tsp dried or fresh lavender and then cooking for 1 minute. Then strain the lavender buds out and let cool)
Fresh sliced peaches

Instructions

Add sliced peaches to the bottom of a pitcher and top with prosecco, brandy, triple sec, lavender syrup, and Pellegrino. Stir and chill. Cheers!


Blackberry Mojito

(adapted from Blueberry Mojito)

Blackberry Mojito

Ingredients

1 cup fresh blackberries
4 oz clear rum
10 fresh mint leaves
2 teaspoons sugar
Juice of 2 limes
6 oz Pellegrino
Splash of Blackberry Manischewitz
Ice

Instructions

In a food processor, puree the blackberries. Add mint and sugar to a weck jar. I always use a weck jar instead of a cocktail shaker! Muddle the mint and sugar and add the lime juice, rum, and blackberry puree and shake it up! Pour ice and club soda into glasses and then pour in the blackberry rum mixture. Add a splash of Blackberry Manischewitz and stir. Garnish with blackberries, mint, and lime. Salud!

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Photos Courtesy of Gunner Robinson Photography

 

As they say, all good things must come to an end, and summer will be over before you know it. With just a few weeks left for summer fun, it’s time to take out that to-do list you made at the beginning of the summer and start making some marks. If you don’t have a to-list of your own, try a few items on mine. I’ve already crossed these off. Tag—you’re it!

1. MAKE YOUR OWN SUMMER COCKTAIL
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2. WEAR FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR
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3. PACK YOUR BAGS AND HIT THE ROAD
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4. START AN HERB GARDEN AND MAKE YOUR OWN BEAUTY PRODUCTS
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5. HOST AN OUTDOOR DINNER PARTY FOR FRIENDS
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6. EXPERIMENT WITH INFUSED WATER RECIPES
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Best of luck!

Now that the weather has finally started to warm up, it’s time for you all to start cooling down. And nothing says summer sippin’ quite like a deliciously fresh and amazingly cool raspberry mimosa! Follow these four steps and you’ll be keeping cool in no time.

mimosa_step1mimosa_step2mimosa_step3mimosa_step4The only thing that makes mimosas better is sipping them alongside friends. That’s right, ladies! It’s time to start planning your next Sunday brunch or an afternoon by the pool, because these raspberry mimosas are ready for some fun in the sun.Wherever you are and whoever you’re there with, sit back, relax, and say “Cheers to summer!”cheersTOsummer