(Photo courtesy CP Palace)
This is the first of many blog posts this month where I will attempt to, responsibly (!!), help you create some fantastic summer cocktails to wow your friends with! Chefs from around the country have contributed their recipes and pictures to make this posting possible and for that, I thank them all.
What better way to cool down and shake off that DC humidity that with a refreshing lemonade or iced tea? Skip the Arnold Palmer combo, and go for the Bangkok Swing--a homemade ginger lemon iced tea mixed with Absolut Citron and Southern Comfort. (created by Aulie Bunyarataphan of Bangkok Joes, Washington DC)
Start by making Ginger-Lemon Iced Tea
3 black or Lipton Teabags
1 medium size fresh ginger root, crushed and cut into chunks (about ¾ cup)
8 cups water
1 cups sugar
½ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
Lemon wedges and/or slices fresh ginger root for garnish
Bring the water, tea bags and ginger to a gentle boil. Simmer for 15 minutes. Add sugar and lemon juice, stir until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and strain into bowl or pitcher.
(Yields: Approximately 8 cups)
Cover and refrigerate until chilled through, at least 2 to 3 hours.
Then, fill tall glasses with ice and add:
2 oz. Absolute Citron
2 oz. Southern Comfort
Fill to the top with Ginger-Lemon Iced Tea
Garnish with a lemon wedge and slice of fresh ginger.
Monumental Mojito -In a large glass, fresh fruit: raspberries, blackberries, blueberries muddled with frsh mint and lime, mixed with house fruit-infused spirit (Vodka) with a splash of Framboise
Occasions Caterers suggests these awesome summer sangrias –
Rosé and Melon Sangria - A dry Rosé is blended with three colors of melon balls. Infused with Lemon Verbena and served very cold over Ice.
Red Wine Sangria - Traditional blend of robust Red Wine fortified with a touch of Plum Brandy and blended with fresh citrus juices, red berries and plums. Served chilled.
Summer White Wine Sangria with white peaches - Dry White Wine blended with white peaches. Spiked with Crème de Pêche and served chilled.
Rosé Sangaria with grapes and grape fruit - Fruity Rosé Wine blended with grapefruit and cranberry juices and Tequila. Served very cold with frozen green grapes and pink grapefruit wedges.
served at Acadiana, 901 New York Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20001
This drink is named after Lake Pontchartrain, the country’s second largest salt-water lake. Its south short forms the northern boundary of New Orleans. This rum punch would be sure to keep you cool and refreshed on the shores of this southern lake.
1.5 ounces Gosling’s Black Seal Rum
.5 ounce house-made ginger syrup
.5 ounce lime juice
1 ounce blackberry purée
Mix ingredients in blender filled with ice and blend until smooth. Pour into glass, creating a swirled effect with additional blackberry purée. (To create the swirl, drizzle blackberry purée in chilled martini glass.) Garnish with 1-2 fresh blackberries.