this and that   //   July 8, 2014

SUMMER SIPS

cocktailsBlackberry Meyer Lemon Gin and Tonic

In addition to my newfound appreciation for smoothies, I’ve also been making drinks of another kind: cocktails. Lots of them. A good cocktail is appreciated year-round , but there’s something about summer that makes the happy hour beverage taste extra delightful. (This is especially true when they’re extra-cold. The temperatures are rising here and I’ll do just about anything to keep cool.) I’m usually fairly adventurous when I’m grabbing a drink at a bar, studying the menu and trying their freshest concoction. However, when it comes to making drinks at home, I stick to what I know: wine and margaritas. You all know by now how much I love margaritas (and wine, too) and I’m certainly not growing weary of them, but I’ve decided it’s time to mix it up a bit. With so much delicious fruit (it’s National Blueberry Month!) right now, it’s the perfect time to focus my attention on some new libations.   Plus: it gives me a reason to pull out my new summer glassware.

When it comes to cocktails, I’m a big believer that simple is always best. When you add in too many things, it just never tastes as good. (The NY Times has a great section on three-ingredient cocktails that’s worth checking out.) So, I’ve been saving recipes with this in mind. There are a few margaritas in there (how can you resist this one?), but I’m really trying to branch out with some new flavors. (This one sounds incredibly refreshing.) Here, a few of my favorites so far. I would love your recommendations, too!

peach cocktail b2b

Rosemary-Peach “Shucks Deluxe”

watermelon marg

Raspberry Margarita

blueberry moscow mule

Blueberry Moscow Mule

cucumber lime marg

Cucumber Lime Margarita

lime ricky

Lime Rickey Slush