Refreshing Summer Cocktail

I have been experimenting to create the ultimate summer cocktail. Something that is light, refreshing and a little bit sweet. Something that can be sipped at weekend brunch or at an evening garden party. I love drinks like this, but they can be hard to find at a restaurant or perfect on your own. Because we don’t know when restaurants will be opening up, I decided it was time to take summer cocktails into my own hands.

There was the amazing speakeasy that my friends and I would go to from time to time after we graduated from college. It was this such a nice change from all of the crappy college bars we had been used to. It was also one of the first places I really started to dive into the world of craft cocktails. There was this really amazing cocktail I got one night that was so delicious. It was light, a little bit sweet and so refreshing. It is a cocktail I still remember to this day. That has become the inspiration for my cocktail adventure.

INGREDIENTS

2 ounces vodka (you can use gin as well if that is what you prefer)

1 ounce fresh lemon juice

0.5 ounces simple syrup (can easily be made at home; 1 part sugar, 1 part water)

8 raspberries

8 thin slices of cucumber

12 mint leaves

3 ounces champagne or Prosecco

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a drink mixer, muddle together the raspberries, cucumber and mint leaves. Muddle until well juiced and incorporated.
  2. Add to the vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup. Mix all of the ingredients together.
  3. Place a strainer over the drink mixer and a second strainer over your glass. Pour your mixture through both strainers into your glass.
  4. Top the drink with your champagne.
  5. Garnish with a mint leaf, cucumber slice and raspberry, if you would like.
  6. Drink and enjoy!

Note: This recipe will be enough for two cocktails.

What is your favorite summer cocktail? I have to say this is probably mine! That are a simple glass of wine. Until next time, friends… CML

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