Cheers to your backyard celebrations!

May 27, 2016  

Graduations, summer bbq's, the newly engaged, baby showers, new home and the list goes on and on. There is no doubt the celebration season is upon us. Why not kick off your summer celebration with a signature drink that will have guest talking and coming back for seconds.

Here are a few we have found and seem like the perfect way to celebrate and cool down this summer:

Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade

12 oz fresh raspberries
1 cup fresh lemon juice, chilled
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup honey
1 liter (33.8 oz) sparkling water or club soda, chilled
Fresh mint and ice, for serving

Place raspberries in a food processor and pulse until well pureed. Force raspberry puree through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl.
In a large pitcher (if you don't have one large enough you may need two) whisk together water and sugar until sugar has dissolved. Pour in honey and mix until blended. Stir in raspberry mixture and lemon juice then pour in club soda and stir once. Serve with ice and fresh mint.
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Sparkling Blackberry lemonade

7½ tablespoons Kraft Country Time Lemonade Starter (Classic Lemonade)
2 tablespoons sugar
1? cup ice
4 cups club soda
1 cup blackberries
1 lemon, sliced
Serves 4

Place 1½ tablespoons Lemonade Starter in a small dish that is wide enough to dip the rim of a glass in. Place sugar in a separate small dish. Dip the the glass rim the lemonade starter and then the sugar.
Mash up 2 blackberries in the bottom of each glass* and then add 1½ tablespoons Lemonade Starter to each. Add ? cup ice to each glass and then fill with club soda. Add additional berries and lemon slices for garnish and serve.

Instead of making in individual glasses you can place 8 blackberries in a pitcher to mash and then add all the ice, club soda, and additional blackberries and lemon slices and then just pour into the glasses.
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Prosecco Mojito Cocktail

For the syrup:
8 oz water
8 oz white sugar
A generous handful of fresh mint

To serve:
Crushed ice
1.5oz white rum
½ fresh lime, plus a wedge to garnish
Chilled Prosecco
First, make a simple mint syrup: put the water into a pan and bring to the boil.
Add sugar to the boiling water and stir until dissolved.
Take the pan off the heat, and add about 20 mint leaves.
Allow to steep for at least an hour before straining into a glass container. This can be kept in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Now you’re ready to make Prosecco Mojitos – pour a couple of dessert spoons of the syrup into a tall glass, add 10 mint leaves and muddle together in the bottle of the glass.
Add a generous amount of crushed ice, followed by the rum.
Squeeze in the juice of half a lime and top with Prosecco.
Stir with a spoon or cocktail stirrer, garnish with a lime wedge and serve.
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Cheers to your backyard celebrations!