Some of us are frightfully addicted to our beer or wine routines –- but what about making something special for a summer party, BBQ, or other warm weather event? After all, in the summertime you are more likely to move to a new place to live, be involved in a wedding or know someone throwing a party. In other words, summer is prime time for partying and drinking a new cocktail is a good way to make a gathering special.
For these reasons, it pays to know the hottest summer cocktails for celebrating the summer of 2012. While all of these cocktail ideas are easy to make, the things that make them stand out are the unexpected ingredients. In some cases, this is a fruit, vegetable, or specialty liquor as opposed to a strange technique (like setting your cocktail on fire!).
Baby Shower Cocktails
One trick to hosting a successful baby shower is ensuring that the pregnant person does not feel left out while everyone else drinks alcohol. In order to make something sparkling and beautiful that is easily virgin, a recipe using St. Germain is one you will not regret. For the alcoholic version of “Sangria Flora” you will need 1 bottle Sauvignon Blanc or dry white wine, 1 cup St. Germain, 2 sliced peaches, 5 sliced strawberries, 6 raspberries, and about 20 grapes.
To make a baby shower substitution, add the same fruit to a sparkling fruit beverage instead of white wine. As far as presentation, the fresh fruit makes this drink stand out. Other options for unique virgin cocktails are fruit slices mixed with the LaCroix brand of sugar and additive free sparkling flavored sodas.
Guys Night Out / Without The Beer
Finding something interesting for guys can be a bit of an issue if tailgating is the standard way of partying. However, there is some help coming out of the tequila community in 2012. For those of you sick of Mojitos, there is one flavor you will want to try – jalapeno. Touted as one of the hottest liquors in the world, it is bound to put a new spin on your night out with the boys.
On their website, there is a simple recipe for a summer cocktails called “Pepino Diablo” that combines 2 oz. of Tanteo Jalepeno Tequila, 2 muddled cucumber slices, 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice, and 3/4 oz. Agave nectar. Another savory cocktail to try includes the celery and cilantro summer cocktail made with 1 1/2 oz. citrus vodka, 1 oz. of fresh lime juice, 1 oz simple syrup, and 2 small pieces of celery and cilantro muddled together.
Bachelorette Party Drinks
Are you looking for a theme that says ‘girly’ without slathering everything in the color pink? It can be difficult to get it right for events like bachelorette parties, but one cocktail has a theme and a flavor that make it special. When you are getting ready for a hot summer night with the ladies, consider the National Chocolate Day cocktail composed by Jorie Hetland from Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix, Arizona. She calls her creation “The Bar Fly” and includes a dash of cinnamon, 1.5 oz. vanilla vodka, 1/2 oz. Bailey’s, 1/2 oz. Kaluha, 1/2 oz. cream, and 1/2 oz. of Dark Creme de Cocoa.
Outdoor BBQ Parties with 2012 Style
Fruited wines mixed with white wine appear to be taking over the summer BBQ circuit — but what about something fruity and icy that no one has tried? Although opening a bottle of finely crafted white fruit wine is a treat, mixing an old BBQ favorites in a new way will surprise your guests. For instance, watermelon is a popular summer picnic item and it can become part of your cocktails too.
A new drink to try is the “Watermelon Bloody Mary.” This drink is coined by Martha Stewart, serves 4, and includes 12 cups watermelon chunks, 1 1/2 cups tomato juice, 13 dashes of hot sauce, 1 1/2 tsps. Worcestershire, 1 tsp. of salt and sugar, 1/2 tsp. celery salt, a dash of pepper, 1 1/4 cup vodka, and celery stalks and ice for serving.
New Horse Racing Season Salute
Bourbon is the official drink of the historic Kentucky Derby and the brand new points system for the 2013 race starts September 2012. To kick off this historic change, a proper drink that pays homage to this minty favorite is necessary. The first race will be in September in Newmarket, England and a celebration like this is complete with the right drink.
When you invite friends over to start this new era of horse racing, offer them a summer take on the Mint Julep called the “Bourbon Street.” This recipe includes 2 oz. bourbon mixed with 2 sliced strawberries, 3/4 oz. lemon juice, 1/2 oz honey soaked in 1/2 oz. water, 3/4 oz. ginger mixed with equal portions sugar (creates a syrup), and 2 dashes of homemade rhubarb bitters. Top it all off with club soda and, without a doubt, it will leave drinkers pleasantly surprised.
Wedding After Party Toast with Friends
If you already have lots of champagne and an open bar available, why not get creative? After the wedding is over, there are still many hot summer memories to create with a cocktail or two. In this case, the availability of champagne means that you can easily mix the American Champagne Cocktail. Found in the book “Good Spirits,” you will only need 4 oz. champagne, 1 1/2 oz. orange juice, and a dash of bourbon floated on top to make this drink. Not only will everyone think you are a genius – they will also love the way you took some champagne that was going flat and made it amazing.