As we continue with a little summer break here at With Two Spoons, we’re highlighting recipes from our archives. This week we are talking Cocktail Time! Read on for Simple Summer Drinks perfect for lazy weekends at the lake, evenings on the porch, or a socially distanced driveway gathering. Cheers!
01. The Hugo Spritz. This lovely, light drink was a new discovery for me in the summer of 2018. I was on a beach in Croatia and the charming British girl in the beach chair next to me kept ordering them. I finally asked her what they were and decided to try one and fell in love. The spritz is often made with elderflower syrup, mint, and prosecco. We up the cocktail ante by mixing ours with St. Germain elderflower liquor. Add some fresh lime and a good dash of prosecco and you’re all set for the perfect afternoon in the Mediterranean. Or, in 2020, your own backyard (thanks for nothing, coronavirus).
02. Skinny Chili Lime Margaritas. Freshen up your taco tuesday drinks with these lighter margaritas made with no added sugar. We tested this recipe at a legendary cabin weekend last spring and I’ve been in love with them ever since. Be sure to – Ina style – use good tequila. It makes all the difference.
03. Sparkling Grapefruit & Gin Cocktail. I love a little bitterness in my cocktails and this sparkling grapefruit and gin cocktail is just the ticket. This drink is a little riff on the classic French 75. It’s refreshing and potent so sip slowly!
04. Lavender Lemonade Tonic. Another recipe we developed and tested while up at Lane’s cabin, this is the ultimate refreshing summer drink. Made with fresh lemonade (though you could easily sub store bought), vodka, and culinary lavender this drink is perfect for lazy afternoons on the water or evenings entertaining. It can easily be scaled up and mixed mostly ahead of time, adding the tonic just before serving.
What are your favorite simple summer drinks? We’d love to hear all about them! Let us know in the comments, via email, or on any of our social media channels. Happy hour is here!