Whether you are relaxing out in the Hamptons or chilling in the city this weekend, it is definitely time for some refreshments! Here are a few recipes from the Martha Stewart Summer Drinks collection that are not only delicious, but such beautiful colors, too. When entertaining, it’s always a great idea to think of the color palette you are using for foods, drinks, and garnishes- you can make a statement without buying too much party decor (although I LOVE having fresh flowers and plants around)!
Think Pink and Drink Pink!
Happy Weekend from the G-Team
4 large mint leaves
1 tablespoon superfine sugar
4 ounces seedless watermelon, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 3/4 cup), plus a small wedge for garnish
2 ounces white rum
1/2 cup ice cubes
In a heavy large glass, combine mint, lime, and sugar. Using a muddler, mash together mint and lime until sugar is dissolved. Add watermelon, and muddle until broken down. Stir in rum and ice cubes. Pour into an 8-ounce serving glass and garnish with a watermelon wedge. Serve immediately.
10 sliced lemons
2 cups raspberries
1 1/2 cups sugar
6 cups water
2 1/4 cups tequila blanco (optional)
Mint, for garnish
Combine lemons, raspberries, and sugar in a large pot. Pound the mixture firmly with the end of a straight rolling pin (or a large wooden spoon), extracting as much juice as possible, about 10 minutes. Stir in water. Pour through a sieve into a large bowl. Press the solids until all juice is extracted. Discard the solids. Serve over ice.
You can make this into a cocktail by stirring the tequila into the lemonade, served with ice and garnished with mint.
Pink Salty Dog
Coarse salt, for rim of glass
Grapefruit slice, for garnish
1/3 cup freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
2 tablespoons vodka
1 tablespoon Campari liqueur, or grenadine
1 to 1/2 cups ice cubes
Place salt in a saucer. Moisten the rim of a glass with a grapefruit slice. Dip rim in salt. Combine juice and vodka with Campari or grenadine in the jar of a blender; blend. With the motor running, add ice until fully incorporated and slushy. Pour into prepared glass.
**Thanks to the Martha Stewart Team for these drink recipes!**