Rosemary Lemonade

3 Refreshing Spring Cocktail Recipes

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As Spring approaches, it’s time to stretch our legs, get ready for gardening, and sit back to enjoy a few cocktails in the sun! We hope you enjoy the recipes below! Happy Spring!

#1 April Showers

Source: http://amorettiblog.com/drink-recipe-april-showers-vodka-blood-orange/

Add first four ingredients to a Collins glass rimmed in granulated sugar. Fill with ice, and enjoy!

Source:  http://amorettiblog.com/drink-recipe-april-showers-vodka-blood-orange/

#2 Watermelon Mojito

http://www.momontimeout.com/2012/08/watermelon-mojitos-recipe/

  •  (1 1/2 c) watermelon juice from a seedless watermelon
  • (1) bunch of mint
  • (1) lime
  • (1/2 c) simple syrup or (1 tablespoon) sugar
  • 3/4 c white rum
  • ice

Cut up about 1/4th of the watermelon and throw in the blender.  Blend on high speed until the watermelon is pureed.

Now we only want the liquid so pour the puree over a strainer (the finest mesh you have!) and press on the puree to extract as much of that yummy watermelon juice as possible.  I did this right over my glass measuring cup so I could see how much I was getting out.

Cut your lime into wedges and throw into a glass pitcher or large container.

Pull off a handful of mint leaves (about 1/3 of the bunch) and remove the tough stems before adding to the pitcher.

So now we have the mint leaves and the lime in a large pitcher or container…

Time to muddle!  Muddling is the process of releasing the essential oils and fruit juice (in this case lime juice) by gently bruising the lime and mint.  If you don’t have a muddler (I don’t!) just use a wood tool (not metal or plastic) with a flat edge to crush the mint and lime.  If you are using the sugar instead of simple syrup, add it in with the mint and lime wedges and muddle away!  Do not pulverize the leaves and lime – be gentle and lovingly extract all those delicious flavors.

Add in the simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar heated on low heat until dissolved), watermelon juice and rum and stir to combine.

If you are adverse to small pieces of mint in your drink you will want to strain again.  I left mine dirty.  Fill the pitcher the rest of the way with ice or fill up glasses with ice and pour over.  Top with a sprig of mint and get ready to relax and enjoy!  This recipe makes two generous servings or 3-4 regular size Mojitos.  I go with the generous serving size ;)

You can make all different flavors of mojitos following this basic recipe.  Just replace the watermelon juice with a different fruit juice to mix it up (pun intended)!

Source: http://www.momontimeout.com/2012/08/watermelon-mojitos-recipe/

#3 Rosemary Peppercorn Lemonade

  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup agave nectar
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 large sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 10 black peppercorns

Wrap rosemary and peppercorns in a clean dishtowel and hit hard with a flat, blunt object like a small pan to bruise.

Combine lemon juice, water and agave nectar in a large pitcher, then add rosemary and peppercorns.

Refrigerate until cold and serve over ice.

Source: http://www.foodrepublic.com/2012/09/08/rosemary-peppercorn-lemonade-recipe

Check out our cocktail menu at the Manor and stop by to see Michael for some deliciously refreshing Spring drinks!

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