three ingredient summer cocktails

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Happy Summer lovelies! Hope the weather wherever you are is just as gorgeous as it is here in San Clemente. There's nothing I love more than enjoying the sun with my friends and a yummy cocktail. I'm a sucker for a good classic margarita on the rocks but am wanting to switch it up a little and found myself googling summer cocktail recipes. The problem I find with cocktail recipes is the complexity of them and all the ingredients they usually call for. But lucky me, I found an article from the NY Times about summer cocktails with only 3 ingredients. Well hellooooo, let the party begin!

Excerpt from the article (can be found here):

The Times asked some of the country’s top bartenders to suggest streamlined coolers built for easy warm-weather drinking. The rules were simple: three ingredients, not counting straightforward garnishes, sugar, seltzer and simple syrup. The goal was loads of refreshment with minimal effort.

My favorite drinks from the feature:

Cherry Caipirissima
3/4 ounce simple syrup
3 cherries, pitted and halved
Half a lime, cut into quarters
2 ounces white rum.

In a cocktail shaker, press and mix the simple syrup, cherries and lime quarters with a muddler or wooden spoon. Add the rum and 6 ice cubes. Shake hard and pour everything into a rocks glass.
Yield: 1 drink.

Guadalajara Sour
1 3/4 ounces blanco tequila
3/4 ounce lemon juice
3/4 ounce simple syrup
3/4 ounce chilled rosé.

Combine the tequila, lemon juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker, fill with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled rocks glass over fresh ice. Hold a spoon with its back side facing up on the surface of the drink and slowly pour the rosé over it.
Yield: 1 drink.

Sumo Collins
3 ounces gin
2 1/4 ounces fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 ounces simple syrup
Chilled seltzer
1 orange wheel.

Pour the gin, lemon juice and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker, fill with ice, and shake vigorously. Strain into a 24-ounce glass filled with fresh ice, top with seltzer. Garnish with the orange wheel.
Yield: 1 drink.

What's your favorite summer cocktails?
Cheers to summer!


Katherina said...

I think the best cocktail I had was a watermelon mojito. That's right - watermelon! It was delicious! Also, another favorite is Hendrix gin with tonic and 2 pieces of cucumber inside. Nothing more refreshing!

Kinsey Michaels said...

yummm those all look really good! in the summer time, i love refreshing lemonade cocktails and frozen margaritas.

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