Alcoholic

Sparkling Rosemary-Peach Cocktails

These Sparkling Rosemary-Peach Cocktails are like mimosa-bellini hybrids.  The recipe calls for champagne or sparking wine so I used prosecco.  They take a while to chill (the simple syrup takes one hour and the peach syrup takes four) so if you want to make them for a brunch, consider making the syrups the night before.  If you like a refreshing, sparkling cocktail but want something other than a mimosa, give this a try.

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Source:  Cooking Light Magazine

Hurricane Cocktail

In honor of (expectation of, preparation for, response to) Hurricane Irene who is twirling her wickedly wet hoola-hoop off the East Coast right now (and headed my way), I figured a Hurricane Cocktail would only be fitting for my Friday cocktail this week.  Hurricane recipes vary but this one has both light and dark rum, grenadine, fresh orange juice, fresh lime juice, and a spit of sugar.  I have plans to go to Connecticut this weekend which may get disrupted and if they do, I’m hoping I drink enough of these to sleep right through the storm.  Goodnight Irene. 

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Source:  Emeril Lagasse, Food Network

Pomegranate-Lime Fizz

They say pomegranates are good for you and that vodka isn’t.  So, I figure this Pomegranate-Lime Fizz must be a nice balance 😉  Pomegranate juice is fairly tart and isn’t necessarily something I would think to sit down with a glass of when I’m thirsty, but I do enjoy a nice pomegranate cocktail like this.  The orangy Triple Sec adds a mellow sweetness to the tart juice, sour limes, fizzy club soda and vodka.  I forgot the Triple Sec at first, poured myself a glass and nearly threw the whole batch out.  But the addition of the Triple Sec rounded out the drink nicely, balancing all those flavors – just don’t forget it like I almost did. 

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Source:  Real Simple Magazine

Bourbon and Orange Smash

Even though not everyone likes or appreciates bourbon, I dare say a bourbon naysayer might like a Bourbon and Orange Smash.  The fresh-squeezed orange juice in this cocktail helps to smooth the bourbon so there is no wincing as is goes down (this is best when using in-season oranges, although I’m sure store-bought orange juice is good too).  This cocktail makes me want to go sit outside and put my feet up just as the sun is setting on a warm summer night with an appreciation that there isn’t two feet of snow on the ground.

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Source:  Real Simple Magazine

Vodka Ginger Lemonade

When I made this cocktail from Cottage Living on one of this summer’s first hot days, I was so happy with it I poured another icy glass and walked it over to my friend’s house for her to try.  The fresh lemon juice and simple syrup provides a refreshment that you just can’t get from powdered mix or concentrated lemonade.  The ground ginger adds a pleasant twist just be careful and maybe go a little shy of two full teaspoons otherwise it can overpower the drink.  The sparkling water also adds a nice fizzy touch.

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Overall Rating:  Love It

Source:  Cottage Living Magazine

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