The Best Summer Cocktails

So I don’t know about you, but I like to occasionally relax after work or on the weekends with a cocktail.  Only problem – I’m really weird about alcohol.  I don’t like the taste of it all that much, and sometimes I’m just not in the mood for beer or wine.  So I’m going to share the recipes for some of my favorite fruity cocktails that I just love to make in the middle of the summer.
Peach BellinBellini.jpgi
This one is super easy.  All you need is chilled peach nectar and prosecco.  Mix equal amounts in a glass , stir it a bit, and start drinking.  Quick, refreshing, and delicious!
watermelon martini.jpgWatermelon Martini
Did you know you can buy watermelon juice?  That means there’s two ways to do this.  The easier way is to mix two parts watermelon juice with one part vodka in a shaker with ice, then strain into a martini glass (add some fresh mint leaves as a garnish).  The other way is more of a slushie.  In a blender, combine 1 cup of frozen watermelon chunks and 4 ounces of vodka, blend it up until it’s liquid, then pour into a martini glass.
Strawberry Lemonade SlushieStrawberry Lemonade Slushie
A boozy version of a great summer drink.  Combine 2 cups lemonade, 1 pound hulled strawberries, and some ice in a blender.  Blend it until slushy.  Add half a cup of a silver tequila (I like Don Julio)and pulse the blender a few times till it’s mixed.  Pour into highball glasses (try rimming them with colored sugar!) and garnish with a strawberry.
Cucumber Lemonade SpritzerCucumber Lemonade Spritzer
So once I was visiting Philadelphia and I went to this Earth Day festival, and tried a cup of cucumber lemonade and it was about the best thing I’ve ever had.  Start this by blending a pound of peeled cucumbers into a puree.  Make sure they are as liquidy as possible.  Pour into a pitcher through a coffee filter or some cheesecloth so that the juice is all that ends up in the pitcher.  Pour a cup of lemon juice through the filter as well (to get more cucumber juice – you can even wring the filter a bit to get the last few drops), then add 1/4 to 1/3 cup of sugar.  Add in 2 cups of water and stir.  Now mix the lemonade with 750 mL of a white wine (I like Reisling) or prosecco, stir again, and serve over ice.  This drink is very crisp and refreshing, which I love, and is perfect for drinking on the deck in the afternoons with a good book (and puppies).

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