August is here, the mercury is rising and many of us have experienced long heatwaves this summer, some with several consecutive days of temperatures over 100 degrees!
Since we have many more days scorching temperatures, instead of reaching for the old standby beer, why not add a blast of cool flavors and freshly squeezed ingredients to your next cocktail hour. With a little planning and use of garden fresh citrus and fruits, refreshing summer cocktails can enhance and cool down the hottest of days.
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- 1 teaspoon dry white vermouth
- 3 ounces cucumber-tomato water
- garnish: cocktail onion and cucumber slices
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add the gin, vermouth, cucumber-tomato water. Shake until cold, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- 6 cups chopped tomatoes (the ripes juiciest you can find), chopped
- 1 English cucumber, peeled and chopped
- 1 tsp salt (optional)
Cantaloupe and Watermelon Cocktail
This cocktail is a party pleaser! As with all drinks, fresh is best so this drink entails the use of veggie juicer which is so worth the extra effort. Juice up one cantaloupe and one small watermelon separately and pour juice into it’s own individual container .
Make cantaloupe and watermelon juice with a vegetable juicer and store juice separately in its own container. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add vodka, triple sec, lemon juice and shake until icy cold. Pour into a chilled martini glass and garnish with melon and lemon.
In a highball glass add the Campari, orange juice, and sparkling water. Garnish.
I’d love to hear what your favorite summertime hydration libation is? Enjoy and stay cool!
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