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Refreshing Summer Beverages

Summer is upon us and the heat is on! Friends are congregating in the backyard, playing lawn games, grilling, snacking on seasonal fruits and veggies, perhaps complaining of the hot and sweaty weather… Time to cool off with some refreshing drinks!

While traditional summer beverages are all well and good, if you are in the mood for something a little different we have some excellent and unexpected ingredients right here in our aisles. Local produce, locally made syrups and drinking vinegars, and not-so-sweet interesting sodas all make appearances in the recipes below.

All the beverages have cocktail and mocktail options, to suit the needs of every thirsty reader!

Yellow Tomato Bloody Mary
Adapted from 101 Cookbooks

  • 2-3 medium yellow heirloom tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs. Shire City fire cider
  • 1/4 tsp. celery salt
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano, crumbled
  • 2-3 oz. vodka (optional)

Directions: Core the tomatoes, place in a bowl, and puree with a hand blender; you’ll need one cup. Combine the tomatoes with the rest of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker or mason jar. Prepare four glasses with ice, and pour the mixture into the prepared glasses. Thread garnishes on short skewer or stem, if using, and serve immediately. Serves 4.

Cucumber Raspberry Sparklers
Adapted from Joy the Baker

  • Cucumber Dry Soda
  • Small ice cubes
  • 1 c. loosely packed fresh mint leaves
  • 12 fresh raspberries, rinsed
  • 2 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbs. fresh lime juice (from 2 to 3 limes)
  • 4 oz. (1/2 cup) vodka (optional)

Directions: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add mint, sugar, raspberries and lime juice, and shake. Add the vodka and shake again. Strain into 4 glasses filled with ice. Finish with a big splash of cucumber soda in each glass and stir. Serves 4.

Rose Lemonade Spritzers

  • 2 tsp. Ziyad Rose Water
  • 2 c. water
  • 1/3 c. lemon juice
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • Sparkling water
  •        OR
  • Fentiman’s Rose Lemonade
  • 2 oz. Bourbon (optional)

Directions: If making the rose lemonade from scratch, add all ingredients except sparkling water and stir well. Pour rose lemonade into two glasses with ice, add bourbon if you wish, and add sparkling water if needed. Serves 2.

The Citrus Fizz
Adapted from Quince & Apple

  • 1 oz. Quince & Apple Citrus Syrup
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 2 dashes Urban Moonshine Citrus Bitters
  • 2 oz. club soda

Directions: Mix syrup, vodka and bitters in a glass with ice. Add club soda, stir and garnish with an orange twist.

Rhubarb Grapefruit Soda
Adapted from Quince & Apple

  • 1 oz. Quince & Apple Rhubarb Hops syrup
  • Izze Grapefruit soda
  • 1 oz. vodka or tequila (optional)

Directions: Stir ingredients together in a glass. Add ice, fill with club soda and stir to combine.

Fred and Ginger
Adapted from Mad Maiden

  • 4 oz. strong black or herbal tea (such as chamomile hibiscus)
  • 1 tsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. Mad Maiden shrub
  • 1 oz. tequila or gin (optional)

Directions: Stir together over ice.

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