We are in full summer mode here in sunny Cali! With the days getting hotter and hotter, we defiantly need something to cool down with. And since its Friday why not share some offices faves! No matter where you are in the world you need to try these yummy summer drinks and it will bring you right to sunny California! Let us know what your favorite recipes for the summer are, we always love a good recipe swap!
Blue Lavender Vodka Spritzer
Makes a 32 ounce pitcher
1 cup blueberries, for ice cubes
2 cups vodka
3/4 cup blueberry lavender simple syrup* recipe below
4 ounces lime juice
Fresh lavender for garnish
Divide the cup of blueberries between two ice cube trays and fill with water.
Freeze completely. OR spread them evenly on a sheet tray and freeze until solid.
In a glass pitcher combine the vodka, simple syrup, lime juice, and club soda.
Add ice cubes. Add remaining ice cubes to glasses. Pour the mixture over top and serve with a spring of lavender.
Blueberry Lavender Simple Syrup Recipe
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 cup blueberries
4 lavender springs (or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried food-grade lavender buds)
Combine these three ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil stirring to dissolve sugar.
Reduce heat to a low simmer and add 4 lavender spring (or 1 1/2 teaspoons of dried lavender)
and keep on low heat for 10 minutes.
Strain pressing the blueberries to get all of their juice.
Grilled Citrus and Grape Sangria
Serves 6 to 8
3 cups stemmed seedless red grapes
2 oranges, cut crosswise into 1/2-inches wheels
2 lemons, cut crosswise into 1/2-inches wheels
Two 750-milliliter bottles rose
8 ounces simple syrup (see note)
8 ounces brandy
Light a hardwood charcoal fire. Put the grapes on a perforated grill sheet or in a
grill basket and grill over high heat, tossing occasionally, until they just start to burst, about 6 minutes.
Transfer to a plate to cool completely.
Meanwhile, grill the orange and lemon wheels over high heat, turning once, until lightly charred,
about 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool completely.
In a larger pitcher, combine the wine with the simple syrup, brandy and grilled fruit and stir well. Refrigerate
until the sangria is chilled and the flavors are blended, at least 1 hour and up to 8 hours. serve the sangria over ice.
To make simple syrup, combine equal amounts of sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil; stirring
constantly, until the sugar is completely dissolved, about 3 minutes. Remove the syrup from the heat and let cool
completely. The simple syrup can be refrigerated in a glass jar for up to 1 month.
Serves size 4
Ripe seedless watermelon, cut into 1″ cubes (about 3-4 cups)
2 Limes, juiced
4 ounces good quality white tequila
2 ounces orange flavored liqueur (Cointreau or Grand Marnier)
Ice (2-3 cups)
Lime, for glass rimming and garnish (optional)
Course sea salt
Simple Syrup (optional)
Rub lime around rim glasses and dip in sea salt.
Fill half a blender with the cubed watermelon. Add about 2 cups ice.
Add the tequila, liqueur, and lime juice. Blend until watermelon is pureed & the ice is crushed.
Fill slat rimmed glasses with ice, pour the margarita over and garnish with lime
(if desired). If your watermelon is not particularly sweet you can add some simple syrup,
or superfine sugar to the blender.