Backyard Bartend With These Summer Sipping Suggestions
Posted: June 7, 2011 | By: PRIME Living | Photo: Supplied
Ever heard of a Watermelon Keg? Nothing says summer like fresh fruits, direct from your garden or favorite local market. These summer drink recipes are perfect for entertaining or just cooling off this summer.Cheers!
Makes 1 cocktail
1/4 of a whole watermelon, peeled and sliced
2 ounces vodka
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
Juice of 1 lime
Place watermelon slices on cheesecloth and squeeze well over a bowl so the juice comes out. You should end up with about 1/2 cup juice.
Combine juice, vodka, sugar, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a martini glass.
Garnish with a slice of watermelon or frozen watermelon cubes. To make frozen watermelon cubes, using a small melon ball scoop, remove flesh from watermelon and place balls in a ziploc bag. Place in freezer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
Watermelon Sours in a Melon Keg
Makes 10-12 drinks
4 cups watermelon chunks, pureed
4 oz Alizé Red Passion, or any other fruit-flavored liqueur
8 oz gin
2 cups sour mix
Lime slices, for garnish
Watermelon, to turn into a keg
Prepare your watermelon by cutting a lid from the top and scooping out the fruit (use 4 cups of the fruit later for your watermelon puree). Drill a small hole near the bottom of the melon, then use a knife to widen the hole until it’s just slightly smaller than the keg shank. Attach the shank and faucet (can be purchased HERE) and you’re ready to add your cocktail.
After pureeing 4 cups of watermelon chunks, strain. Stir in your fruit-flavored liqueur, gin and sour mix. Chill. Add sparkling rosé before serving. Garnish with lime slice. Recipe courtesy of the Food Network.
Southern Peach Raspberry Sangria
2 bottles of Riesling wine (or any semi dry white wine)
1 cup Peach Schnapps
6 tbsp sugar
1 Vanilla bean pod
Freshly cut Peach wedges
Freshly cut orange slices
Freshly cut lemon slices
1 cup fresh raspberry
Slice open the vanilla pod and scrape the inside into the serving pitcher. Add all the cut fruits. Add the sugar and then the wine and peach schnapps. Cool it in the fridge overnite and put ice cubes in it before serving.
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