Summer Cocktails : Fruity Coolers + Classic Sippers

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    Cherry Lemonade | Summer Cocktails | Peter Callahan | Faith West

    Weddings in the garden, lunches on the deck, backyard barbecues, beachy clambakes ~ they all require delicious summertime beverages be served, with or without alcohol. Sure, old-fashioned lemonade is always an approachable winner as it’s truly loved by both children and adults. Then there’s the classic trifecta of martinis, mojitos and margaritas which appeal to adults no matter where you are across the globe. Of course, finding fun new ways to freshen up these classic beverages is something I love to play with, what a tough job that is!

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    Where professional mixologists might add three or four different ingredients to change up an old stand by beverage, most of the time I find it takes just a tiny tweak to jazz up the recipe. For instance, adding fresh pressed cherry juice to lemonade is a simple and oh-so-delicious update to the seasonal favorite. If you don’t feel like breaking out the press yourself, buy a bottle from your local market like Tart Red Cherry from Trader Joe’s. It’s up to you whether or not it needs to be spiked with a little vodka or light rum! (of course, I vote YES to that question.)  If you prefer sipping on a summer margarita instead, why not add a little seasonal juice to basic ingredients? Like watermelon or white peach. In both cases, you add additional mouth-watering flavor as well as vibrant color hues that appeal to every guest.  See below for my recipe for White Peach Margaritas.

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    White Peach Margarita | Summer Cocktails | Peter Callahan | Mel Barlow

    Recipe for White Peach Margaritas (Makes 1 Dozen Drinks)

    • Eight White Peaches (depending on size, but they’ve got to be ripe!)* or purchase White Peach Nectar
    • 1 1/2 cups Tequila (Patron Silver is a crowd pleaser)
    • 3/4 cup fresh lime juice (from about 9 limes)
    • 1 1/2 cups chilled Simple Syrup
    • Garnish Options: Slice of Fresh Cut White Peach and/or a Sugared Rim on the Glass

    Directions

    Blend all of the ingredients together in a blender and pour over ice! For a fully-frozen version, add the ice in the blender.

     

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    July 25th, 2012

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