Melon Gin Spritz

Light and refreshing - the perfect summer cocktail.

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Ok, so this Monday calls for a cocktail right! And it’s not just any old beverage, it's one that is perfect for a hot summer day. Infused with cucumber and melon, it is the perfect option for when it’s hot outside and you want something refreshing and not too sweet.

So this recipe calls for simple syrup which really is just so simple to make. If it’s one of those things that you haven’t done or seems intimidating you need to get up and make some right now! It’s one of the best ways to infuse almost any flavour into a drink, and it also allows you to sweeten your drink exactly to your liking, so if you have a major sweet tooth you can bump up the amount of simple syrup your throwing in, or the opposite if that's how you roll.

This is also a really great cocktail to have when you're hosting a party or bbq. Just set out all of the ingredients and let your guests mix their own concoction (with a bit of direction of course). Plus how fun is it for your guests to get involved and play bartender. It makes things interactive and casual, and in the summer, that is exactly how it should be!

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prep time 5 minutes

cook time 10 minutes

total time 15 minutes

servings 1

Ingredients

2 oz melon simple syrup

2 oz gin

seltzer water

cucumber slices

balled melon

Instructions

In a cocktail shaker combine melon simple syrup, gin and a slice of cucumber. Muddle the cucumber then top with ice and shake vigorously.

Fill a cocktail glass with ice then strain in the gin mixture and top with seltzer water. Garnish with melon and sliced cucumber.

Melon Simple Syrup

1 cup white sugar

1 cup water

2 cups chopped melon

In a small saucepan combine sugar, water and chopped melon. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain then place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.

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Hawaiian Mule

Pineapple and ginger beer - the perfect tropical combination!

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Nothing says tropical vacation more than pineapple drinks and little umbrellas right! I mean seriously, a Pina Colada is the quintessential Hawaiian cocktail that instantly comes to mind when I think about lying on a beach. So any time I go on vacation somewhere warm it just seems like a good idea to order one, that is until I taste it and it’s so sweet and sugary and rarely lives up to my expectations. That is where this Hawaiian Mule is a great alternative to give you all the feels without the fake sugary taste.

Now I am not trying to claim that this drink is healthy, I mean it does still have juice and ginger beer, which we all know has a fair amount of sugar, but what it does have is a more natural flavour and the classic ginger beer “bite” which for some reason feels like a better option. Plus, you don’t get the brain freeze that goes along with those slushy drinks.

The other great thing about this drink is that it can very easily be made non-alcoholic. Kids and your alcohol-free friend will seriously love this treat just as much without alcohol.

So serve this up at your next get together and treat your friends to a tropical getaway in your very own backyard!

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prep time 5 minutes

total time 5 minutes

servings 1

Ingredients

2 oz vodka

3 oz pineapple juice

non-alcoholic ginger beer

1/2 lime

1 pineapple spear

1 slice of lime

Instructions

In a cocktail shaker combine vodka, pineapple juice, the juice of half a lime and ice. Shake vigorously then pour over ice into a cocktail glass. Top with ginger beer and garnish with pineapple spear and lime slice.

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The Hendricks

This refreshing cucumber mint cocktail is those warm summer nights!

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So it’s almost the end of June, can you guys believe it? This is my first summer in LA and before being here I had no idea what June Gloom was, but now I get it.

So while it has been dreary here it has also been so rainy at home, so basically, everywhere I go has less than ideal weather. But they say the nice weather is coming so it’s time to start getting outside and enjoying summer.

Now one of the things that go so well with a summer bbq is a great summer cocktail, and this one is such a refreshing option! It’s the perfect blend of fresh cucumber and aromatic mint topped off with the perfectly complementing Hendricks Gin. Now, if you haven’t ever tried Hendricks you may not get why they type of gin is important, but it really is. Hendricks already has flavours of “cukes and flowers” making the flavours marry exceptionally well.

So next time you need a fun cocktail mix this one up - it’s guaranteed to become your summer go do drink!

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prep time 5 minutes

total time 5 minutes

servings 1


Ingredients

3 slices of cucumber

3 mint leaves

2 oz hendricks gin

lemon lime soda

Instructions

In a cocktail shaker place cucumber and mint leaves - muddle until juices have realized from the cucumber and the mint is fragrant. Add in gin and shake vigorously.

In a cocktail glass place 4-5 ice cubes then pour over gin cucumber mixture. Top with lemon lime soda and garnish with mint leaves.

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Grilled Peach + Rosemary Soda

Sometimes you just need a fresh, sweet drink. This Grilled Peach and Rosemary Soda hits the mark as it’s the perfect combination of a fancy yet easy-going drink.

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So homemade soda - is this something that you guys are into? I personally love it, it’s such a great alternative to traditional soda plus you can do so many good combos. I think my love of this all started back many many years ago when I would order fruit coolers at Earls. Now if you haven’t ever ordered one and you frequent Earls you must get on your next visit. It’s basically a fruit puree with either 7-up or Sprite, and it’s so good.

This Grilled Peach + Rosemary Soda is a grown-up version of the fruit cooler. The sweet caramelization of the peaches and the piney earthiness of the rosemary gives you a sophisticated flavour combination that is hard to beat.

One thing that I love to have on hand is simple syrup, and while plain simple syrup is a bit more versatile than rosemary, rosemary simple syrup also gives you so many options. I mean seriously, how good does strawberry rosemary or mango rosemary sound? Plus, if plain soda isn’t your thing you could always make a more adult version with vodka.

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prep time 5 minutes

cook time 15 minutes

total time 20 minutes

servings 2

Ingredients

1 peach sliced

1 oz rosemary simple syrup

soda water

2 sprig of rosemary

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup white sugar

Instructions

In a small saucepan combine rosemary, water and sugar and bring to a boil. Lower temperature and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

In a grill pan add in slices of peaches and grill for 2-3 minutes per side or until peaches are soft and have nice grill marks. Divide peaches between each glass then add in 1 oz of the rosemary simple syrup. Muddle until peaches are broken down then top with soda water and ice - garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

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Rosé Grapefruit Spritzer

This Rosé Grapefruit Spritzer is an amped up version of the traditional White Wine Spritzer - the addition of grapefruit bitters and fresh thyme makes it oh so good.

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Ok, so tomorrow is National Rosé day so it’s only appropriate to post about Rosé!!! I mean it’s probably a crime not to right?

In my opinion, Rosé has come a long way in the past few years, or perhaps it’s just the ones I drink! No longer is it overly sweet and bright pink; it's now dry, citrusy and can range from pale pink to bright coral. I have said it before and I will say it again that I think the French really know how to make a great Rosé, but I have also had some great ones from BC and California, so perhaps my opinion is slowly changing.

Now while I love a straight glass of cold crisp Rosé it is also nice to switch and lighten things up from time to time right! This spritzer is a slight take on the classic spritzer with white wine and soda water. This version has the addition of grapefruit bitters and fresh thyme - it’s upgraded and it’s soooo good.

So make sure you celebrate this weekend with a Crisp Rosé Grapefruit Spritzer, you won't be disappointed!!!!

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prep time 5 minutes

total time 5 minutes

servings 1

Ingredients

Rosé

Soda Water

2 dashes Grapefruit bitters

2 sprigs of thyme

Instructions

Take the thyme and rub it between your fingers to crush slightly then place in a wine or cocktail glass.

Fill the glass 1/2 full with rosé then put in 2 dashes of grapefruit bitters. Top with soda water until the glass is 3/4 full and serve immediately.

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