July 16, 2006

Let's Drink to Summer Drink Recipes

Lovin their CocktailsSummer is the time to be experimental with the drink recipes you try. Never had a mojito? It's time to try one. Don't know what's in a real daiquiri? They're not all sweet and raspberry-y, y'know. Never tried Dumpster Juice? What the hell have you been doing with your spare time?

We've found a list of interesting summer drink recipes for the more adventurous, from a basil mojito to a blackberry martini - read on to check them out.

Fresh Basil Mojito

Mitch Bakich's variation on the traditional mojito
6-7 fresh basil leaves, torn up
Juice from half a lime (about 1/2 ounce)
3/4 ounce simple syrup
ice shards (broken up ice)
1 1/2 ounces of light rum
Club soda

Step 1: Place torn basil leaves into bottom of hi-ball glass. Add lime juice and simple syrup.
Step 2: Muddle together with muddler or back a large spoon to bruise leaves and release flavor.
Step 3: Fill the remainder of the glass with ice shards and add rum. Top off with club soda. Serve.

What it tastes like: A smattering of sweetness, but mostly crisp with a perfect hint of basil.

Heat Wave

Created by John Stieber, owner of Stubby's in Gilroy
1 1/4 ounces of Bacardi Dark
1 ounce of peach Schnapps
4 ounces of pineapple juice
1/2 ounce of lime juice (or squeeze in half a lime)

Step 1: Combine ingredients into shaker with ice.
Step 2: Shake violently for 30 seconds and pour into hi-ball glass. Garnish with lime and a cherry. Umbrella optional.

What it tastes like: A mellow fruit punch with a kick.

The Stub

Created by John Stieber
2 ounces Hypnotic liqueur
1 ounce of top-shelf vodka
1 ounce of Bacardi Light
1 ounce of coconut rum
1 ounce of pina colada mix
1/2 ounce lime juice (or squeeze in half a lime)
1 scoop of vanilla ice cream
1 cup raspberries (or seasonal fruit, such as strawberries or blueberries)

Combine all ingredients and blend well. Garnish with a cherry and lime. Serve in a tiki glass.
Note: The recipe for The Stub has previously been a closely guarded secret. This is the recipe for the original Stub.
"Now, I never make the same Stub twice," Stieber said. "It changes all the time. But, it's definitely a drink designed for a day when it's 95 degrees and you've been working out in the yard. It's a great summer drink."

What it tastes like: A fruity milk shake that tastes a little different with every sip.


Created by Dave Mito, bartender at The Golden Oak Restaurant in Morgan Hill
3 ounces of Courvoisier
1 1/2 ounces of Fra Angelico

Step 1: Pour ingredients into a shaker with ice.
Step 2: Shake well, then strain into martini glass and serve with a twist of lemon.

What it tastes like: A hazelnut drink that's dangerous from the first sip.

The Daiquiri

Courtesy of Mitch Bakich
2 ounces of light rum
Juice from half a lime (about 1/2 ounce)
3/4 ounce of simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water boiled together)

Step 1: In a cocktail shaker, mix the rum, lime juice and simple syrup.
Step 2: Shake and strain into a pre-chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lime twist or lime wheel. Serve.

What it tastes like: Perfectly sweetened limeade with a kick.

Blackberry Martini

Courtesy of Jennifer Morgan from Rosy's at the Beach in Morgan Hill
4 ounces vodka
1/2 ounce Triple Sec
1/2 ounce Midori
1 ounce cranberry juice
Fresh or frozen blackberries

Step 1: Mix all ingredients except blackberries together in shaker with ice. Then mash up blackberries in your fingers and add to alcohol mixture.
Step 2: Shake vigorously and strain into chilled martini glass. Serve.

What it tastes like: The semi-sweet, semi-tart filling for a blackberry pie with a kick.

via Freelance News

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