Tony's Top Ten Summer Cocktails 2016

Ahhh Summer…

The time for warm weather, barbeques and cold adult beverages with friends, gloriously upon us! Which is why this week's blog post is a celebration of MY favorite recipes for cocktails I enjoy when the temperature spikes past 70 degrees.

Just in time for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, right!

So lets get started shall we. First up...

Blue Margarita for Two

Ingredients

1 teaspoon coarse salt

4 ounces Tequila

2 ounces Triple Sec

2 ounces freshly-squeezed lime juice

2 ounces blue Curacaco liqueur

2 teaspoons superfine sugar

2 (1/4-inch) slices star fruit for garnish (optional)

1 lime, cut into wedges

Directions

Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Place Tequila, Triple Sec, lime juice, blue Curacaco, and sugar in the shaker; shake hard for 30 seconds. Serve in Margarita Glasses with coarse salt or Margarita Salt on the rims of the glasses.

Strain the Blue Margarita into the glasses. Garnish each with a slice of star fruit or a lime wedge.

NOTE: To create a salt-rimmed glass, take a lemon or lime wedge and rub the drinking surface of the glass so it is barely moist. Dip the edge of the glass into coarse or Kosher salt.

Mai Tai

Ingredients

1 oz light rum

1/2 oz creme de almond

1/2 oz triple sec

sweet and sour mix

pineapple juice

1/2 oz Myer's® dark rum

Directions

Pour light rum, creme de almond and triple sec, in order, into a collins glass. Almost fill with equal parts of sweet and sour mix and pineapple juice. Add dark rum, a large straw, and serve unstirred.

Watermelon Vodka Slush

Ingredients

4 cups watermelon flesh, seeds removed

2 fluid ounces simple syrup

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 cup vodka

2 fluid ounces melon liqueur

4 twists lemon zest, garnish

Directions

In a food processor, puree the watermelon flesh. Pour the pureed watermelon into empty ice cube trays and freeze for at least 4 hours. Also, freeze 4 martini glasses.

In a blender combine the frozen watermelon cubes, simple syrup, lemon juice, vodka, and melon liqueur; blend until smooth. Pour into 4 frozen martini glasses and garnish each with a lemon twist.

Apple Martini

Ingredients

1 fluid ounce apple schnapps

1 fluid ounce vodka

1 fluid ounce apple juice

Directions

In a cocktail shaker full of ice, combine apple schnapps, vodka and apple juice. Mix well. Pour into glasses and garnish with a slice of Granny Smith apple.

Mint Juleps

Ingredients

2 cups water

2 cups white sugar

1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh mint leaves

32 fluid ounces Kentucky bourbon

8 sprigs fresh mint leaves for garnish