As the temperature rises and the sun shines brighter, there's no better way to cool off and unwind than with a refreshing summer cocktail. Whether you're lounging by the pool or hosting a backyard gathering, these three cocktails are sure to elevate your summer experience. Join us as we share our favorite summer concoctions, from a classic Sidecar infused with Basil Hayden to a delightful White Sangria made with local wine from "The Winery at Wolf Creek" and a timeless favorite, Fish House Punch.
1. Sidecar with a Twist of Basil Hayden:
A classic cocktail with a modern twist, the Sidecar is a perfect blend of sophistication and refreshment. To give it a unique twist, we love using Basil Hayden, a smooth and flavorful bourbon. Combine 2 parts Basil Hayden, 1 part lemon juice, and 1 part orange liqueur in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon and enjoy the smooth, citrusy flavors that will transport you to a summer paradise.
2. White Sangria Bursting with Local Flavors:
Sangria is a quintessential summer drink, and we love putting a local twist on this classic. Instead of using traditional red wine, we opt for the white sangria made with the delicious local wine from "The Winery at Wolf Creek." Start by combining 1 bottle of crisp white wine, 1 cup of peach schnapps, 1/2 cup of orange juice, and a variety of sliced fruits such as peaches, oranges, and berries. Let the mixture chill in the refrigerator for a few hours to allow the flavors to meld together. Serve over ice and garnish with fresh mint for a delightful burst of summer flavors.
SPECIAL RECIPE: FROM "A Story & A Cocktail"
Fish House Punch: A Timeless Summer Favorite: Made Popular by Cato Alexander
Dating back to the 18th century, Fish House Punch remains a beloved summer staple. This rum-based punch is perfect for entertaining a crowd. Combine 1 cup of dark rum, 1/2 cup of brandy, 1/4 cup of peach liqueur, 1/4 cup of lemon juice, and 3 cups of cold water in a large punch bowl. Stir well, adding ice to keep it chilled. For an extra touch, garnish with lemon slices and a sprinkle of nutmeg. This classic punch will transport you to a breezy beachside retreat, making it a true summer delight.
This summer, elevate your cocktail game with these refreshing and flavor-packed concoctions. Whether you're enjoying a Sidecar with a twist of Basil Hayden, sipping on a white sangria bursting with local flavors from "The Winery at Wolf Creek," or indulging in the timeless Fish House Punch, these cocktails are sure to quench your thirst and add a touch of sophistication to your summer gatherings. So sit back, relax, and let these delicious libations transport you to a paradise of summer flavors. Cheers to a memorable and refreshing summer!