Signature Cocktail Friday ~ Blue Ocean

Looking for something Blue?

Nothing says blue like  a Blue Ocean Signature Cocktail!

Blue-Ocean-cocktail

This is the classic tropical cocktail, a spectacular bright blue, a hint of sweet and sour and a it has a bit of a kick.  Perfectly suited to sipping by the pool or on the beach as the sun goes down.  It also has that color that make it perfect to dress up with paper umbrellas, wax flowers or wedges of fruit on the side.  You really can’t over dress this drink.  The recipe is easy to scale up but do be careful as it is pretty strong.  You could also lower the alcohol a bit by increasing the amount of grapefruit juice, but you would want to also increase the syrup to balance the sweet and sour elements.  You may also want to add a little more blue curacao.  This would allow you to fill a small brandy balloon that you could savor as you unwind.

Ingredients:

1 oz. vodka

1/2 oz. blue curacao

1/3 oz. grapefruit juice

1-2 splashes simple syrup

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice; shake, then strain and serve either straight up in a martini glass or over ice. Garnish with an orange slice & tropical flowe

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Fast Drink

Blueberry Limoncello Cooler

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Ingredients:
– 1 500ml bottle of limoncello
– 1 cup sparkling water (or tonic water), chilled
– 1 cup fresh blueberries
– Mint sprigs for garnish
– Crushed ice

Steps:
(1) In a large pitcher, combined the limoncello, sparkling water, and blueberries, and give it all a good stir.
(2) Fill a highball or other drinking glass with ice, then fill to the brim with the limoncello mixture.
(3) Garnish with a mint sprig and enjoy immediately.

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Dark Chocolate Bourbon Cherry Soda Floats

Ingredients:

1 pint of dark chocolate ice cream
4 ounces of bourbon
2 bottles of cherry soda

Directions:

Fill glasses with ice cream.

Pour in 1-2 shots of bourbon (or lots more).

Pour in soda.

Drink. Enjoy!

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Signature Cocktail Friday ~ Frozen Cherry Mojitos

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Frozen Cherry Mojitos

1 pound bag frozen pitted cherries
3 cups crushed ice, plus extra to serve if desired
1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves
1 cup white rum
Lime Simple Syrup, recipe follows
Lime wedges and fresh cherries, for garnish

Lime Simple Syrup

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
3 limes, juiced and zested

Directions:

1. Place the frozen cherries, ice, mint, rum, and lime simple syrup in a blender. Blend until smooth.
2. Pour the mixture into chilled glasses and top with crushed ice. Garnish with lime wedges and cherries.

Lime Simple Syrup

In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, water, lime juice, and lime zest over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the syrup to cool to room temperature minutes before using. If making in advance, store in a sealed container within the refrigerator.

Notes:

– Not a fan of rum, give vodka a try. Not a fan of alcohol period? These were incredibly delicious without the alcohol.
– Recipe adapted from Giada De Laurentiis

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Friday Signature Cocktail Day ~ Blackberry Mint Margarita

Tomorrow, is a special day.

It is not often that the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo share the same day!

We know I love a good Signature Cocktail… so I had to find a drink that married Mint and Margarita, to honor both!

Presenting: The Blackberry Mint Margarita!!

8 blackberries, 2 skewered on a pick
Ice
10 mint leaves
1 1/2 oz tequila
1 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz simple syrup


Directions:
Muddle six of the blackberries in a cocktail shaker.

Add the ice, mint, tequila, lime juice and simple syrup.  Shake well.  Fill a rocks glass with ice cubes.  Strain the drink into the glass.  Or, if you don’t mind it a bit “chunky” just pour it in.  Top with the berries skewered on the pick.  Toast the one you love and enjoy.

adapted from Food and Wine, originally from the Hungry Cat

Photo and Recipe via Kate’s Kitchen food and wine.com

Signature Cocktail Friday ~ The Pink Bikini

It was love at first sight!!  A coconut filled with a pink tropical libation.  Presentation as always indicated is a BIG plus, this cocktail delivers from the glass (lack thereof) and the color it is sure to wow!

Amp up the cool factor, serve frozen!

Coastal Living Magazine featured this recipe, ok so this is one of 15 Coconut Recipes.

Ingredients

  • 1 (1.75-liter) bottle raspberry lemonade (we used Simply Lemonade) $
  • 1 3/4 cups coconut rum
  • 1 cup amaretto liqueur

Preparation

  1. Combine raspberry lemonade, coconut rum, and amaretto liqueur in a large pitcher. Stir well, and serve over ice.

Julia Rutland, Coastal Living
APRIL 2010

Signature Cocktail Friday ~ Raspberry Sorbet Bellini

A Signature Cocktail with Sorbet, great for cooling guests at a  destination wedding

Raspberry Sorbet Bellini
Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial champagne
1/2 oz. Belvedere Black Raspberry vodka
1 scoop of softened raspberry sorbetFrom “101 Champagne Cocktails” by Kim Haasarud

Summer Cocktails Recipes – Fun Summer Cocktail Drink Recipes – Marie Claire