July 2011

High Spirits July 2011

Author: Krissy Cantelupe

Cool Cocktails for Hot Summer Nights

Oh my stars. July is here and it is hot, hot, hot! Time to head to the beach or lie on a float in a pool and, of course, enjoy a cold libation. Whether it is wine or one of these great summer cocktails, you will surely be cool and content.

Coconut Lemon Cream Pie Martini

  • 1 oz Smirnoff Citrus Vodka
  • 1 oz Smironff Coconut Vodka—BRAND NEW!!
  • 4 oz fat free half and half
  • Fresh lemon slice
  • Ice
  • Finely crumbled graham crackers

Place the crumbled graham crackers on a small plate. Take a martini glass and run the fresh lemon slice around the rim, then place the martini glass on the plate to line the rim of the glass with the graham cracker crumbs. In a martini shaker, place ice and both vodkas and shake lightly. Add the half and half, then shake until well chilled. Pour into the graham cracker lined martini glass and garnish with the lemon slice. Tastes like pie in a glass.

“Adult” Root Beer Float

  • 1 oz Root root beer liqueur
  • 1 oz Pinnacle Whipped Vodka
  • 5 oz Cream Soda (IBC is great)
  • Cherry
  • Ice

In a tall soda glass, combine ice and Root. Then add the Pinnacle Whipped vodka. Finally top with the cream soda. Serve with a straw and garnish with a cherry.

Red, White and Blue- Frozen

  • 1 oz Ursus Fruit Punch Vodka
  • 1 oz Ursus Blue Raspberry Vodka
  • 5 oz piña colada mix (Master Mix or TGIF is great)
  • Ice
  • Whipped cream
  • Cherry
  • Tall glass to layer

In a blender, mix the piña colada mix with ice until well blended and make sure it is not too liquid. In a tall glass, pour the Ursus Blue Raspberry, then the frozen piña colada, then top with the Ursus Fruit Punch. Garnish with a touch of whipped cream and a cherry on top.

Lazy Afternoon Wine Cocktail
(this recipe can be doubled or tripled to make a pitcher)

  • 2 oz dry white wine
**3 oz cranberry juice
  • 1 oz soda water
  • Fresh lime
  • Ice

In a martini shaker, shake the white wine with the cranberry juice until well-chilled. Pour over ice in a tall glass, then top with the soda water. Add a squeeze of fresh lime and serve with a straw. Delish!

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