I have two classic summer refreshers and two newbies. this photo is a Mango Frozen Margarita. Very tasty, fruity and fresh. I am a classic margarita gal – on the rocks with salt etc – but this mango slurpee is sosatisfying. I think we are in for a long, hot, crazy summer this year and I imagine it will go a bit smoother if we keep a blender full of these around : )
MANGO FROZEN MARGARITAS
1 1/2 cups diced, peeled ripe mango
3 oz (about 1/2 cup) white tequila ( or whatever is on hand…)
1 oz (2 tbls) Cointreau or other orange liqueur
3 tbls superfine granulated sugar
2 cups ice cubes
> Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
THE MINT JULEP
4 cups bourbon
2 bunches fresh mint
1 cup water ( preferably distilled)
1 cup granulated sugar
>Remove about 40 mint leaves and wash them. Put them in a bowl or pitcher and cover with bourbon. Leave in refrigerator over night.
Prepare the simple syrup by the quick microwave method – put water and sugar in glass bowl and microwave about a minute. there should be no granulated sugar left. Just sweet water.
Strain mint leaves from bourbon and squeeze through a paper towel or strainer over the bourbon to catch the minty drops. Now add the syrup and let that stand several hours in the fridge.
To serve, fill rocks glass with crushed ice, stick mint sprig in ice and pour bourbon mixture to fill. Garnish with powdered sugar on top.
2 oz gin
1 oz lemon juice
1 tsp superfine sugar
3 0z club soda
1 maraschino cherry
1 slice orange
>In a shaker half filled with ice cubes, combine the gin, lemon juice and sugar. Shake well. Strain into a collins glass filled with ice cubes. Add the club soda. Stir and garnish with the cherry and orange slice.
8 fresh mint leaves
1 1/2 tbls superfine granulated sugar
1 tbls fresh lime juice
1 1/2 oz (3 tbls white tequila)
1/3 cup chilled sparkling water
>Using back of spoon, crush mint with sugar and lime juice in a short glass. Half fill glass with ice and add tequila. Top off drink with sparkling water and stir well.
Enjoy the heat now that you are armed with recipes for these delicious, refreshing and tasty cocktails !