{ Sippin’ on Summer Cocktails }

So after an amazing weekend celebrating Mr. and Mrs. Nagy I thought it would be fitting to cheers to them once more…what’s another drink at this point 😉

summer cocktails

 

Now that summer is officially here, it is time to embrace the sunshine. What better way to enjoy to summer sun than with a quenching cocktail or mocktail while you lounge by the pool.

Cheers to summer. 

Blueberry Lime Margarita

INGREDIENTS
2 cups ice
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup blueberry nectar
1/4 cup seltzer
2 tablespoons frozen limeade
1 tablespoon lime juice
3 ounces tequila, optional
1 lime wedge
Coarse salt

PREPARATION
Combine ice, blueberries, blueberry nectar, seltzer, limeade, lime juice and tequila, if using, in a blender and blend until smooth. Rub rim of 2 glasses with lime wedge and dip in salt. Divide the margarita between the prepared glasses and serve.

Nutrition Bonus: Potassium, vitamin C, phytochemicals

Rosemary Infused Cucumber Lemonade

INGREDIENTS
3 large cucumbers
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary, plus 4 sprigs for garnish
1 cup water
1/2 cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons agave syrup, (see Note)

PREPARATION
Cut 12 thin slices of cucumber for garnish.
Peel and chop the rest of the cucumber; transfer to a food processor, add rosemary and puree. Pour the puree through a fine-mesh strainer set over a medium bowl or large measuring cup. Press on the solids to extract all the juice. Add water, lemon juice and agave syrup to the cucumber juice; stir until the agave is dissolved. Divide among 4 ice-filled glasses. Garnish with cucumber slices and rosemary sprigs.

Note: Agave syrup or nectar is the naturally sweet juice extracted from the agave plant. It has a lower glycemic index than table sugar, but is even sweeter.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C

Mangojito

INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon fresh mint, plus more for garnish
1 tablespoon agave nectar
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 ounces mango nectar (such as Looza)
1½ ounces white rum
1 cup ice
Club soda
Mango slice for garish

PREPARATION
Muddle the mint leaves with the agave nectar in a cocktail shaker. Add the lime and mango juices, rum, and ice. Cover and shake well. Strain the mojito into a tall glass, and fill with club soda. Garnish with mint and a slice of ripe mango, if desired.

Nutritional Bonus: Vitamins A and C from the fresh Mango and Lime

Sparkling Sangria

INGREDIENTS
1 cup cherries, pitted and halved
1 cup blueberries
1 cup raspberries
1 cup quartered small strawberries
1/2 cup chopped nectarine (about 1)
1/3 cup brandy
1 cup apricot nectar, chilled
1 (750-milliliter) bottle champagne or prosecco

PREPARATION
Combine the first 6 ingredients in a large pitcher, and chill for at least 2 hours. Stir in 1 cup nectar and sparkling wine. Serve immediately.

NUTRITION BONUS:  Vitamin A, C, B6,

As always, you can make any of the above drinks without the alcohol. Don’t forget to prepare the cocktails using fresh summer produce. Cheers and enjoy a delipsch day.

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