We’ve got all seen them on TV or while setting in a restaurant, these drinks that just look like summertime. They have a refreshing, thirst-quenching look that makes them very appealing to the eye and the majority of the ones I’ve tried have the identical appeal to the taste buds. What makes them that summer look and allure? I feel it’s the fresh fruit and green blossoms floating in the liquid. So what exactly does it take to make those summer drink recipes for your next summer gathering or easy cookout?
An ingredient in many drink recipes is easy syrup. Make your very own simple syrup and spice it up with fresh herbs. Just like infusing herbs with oil or vinegar you can infuse them into easy syrup. It’s quick and simple to make and your spiced easy syrup cannot only be used on your favorite summer drink recipes but it may also be used to sweeten tea.
Simple syrup recipe (with spice):
- 2 cups sugar (or baking quality artificial sweetener)
- 2 cups of water
- Herb of selection (1 cup Basil or Mint or Lemon Verbena or 3 sprigs Rosemary are only some of the choices)
Tip: Use fewer blossoms should you choose ones with a more effective taste, such as Rosemary.
Combine the herbs and sugar; utilize a muddler to smash the herb into the sugar. This releases the oils from the herbs and gives the syrup taste. In a saucepan, combine the water and sugar/herb mix, bring to a boil and stir till the sugar has dissolved. Allow the syrup to cool and then strain. Your simple syrup is now able to be refrigerated and stored for about a month.
Most summer beverage recipes can be produced with or without alcohol, therefore the recipes may be employed to meet all of your guests. The classic recipes for several of the drinks call for alcohol but I have tried a lot of them without and they are still quite tasty. Have you ever tried a non-alcoholic Mojito? It’s actually simply sparkling mint limeade and is very yummy. You can adjust any of those recipes by not adding or omitting the alcohol.
- 2 cups lemon juice (approx. 15 lemons if squeezing refreshing )
- 2 cups Basil Simple Syrup
- Water or sparkling water to taste (start with 2 cups and add more if needed)
Blend ingredients and refrigerate. Serve over ice and garnish with basil leaves and a lemon twist.
- 6 tablespoons lime juice (approx. 1 teaspoon if squeezing refreshing )
- 8 big mint leaves
- 4 Tablespoons sugar
- 2-3 ounce of light rum
- Club soda
In a glass, combine the mint leaves, sugar and lime juice with a muddler. (Mint easy syrup can be used in place of the sugar and mint leaves-start with 4 Tablespoons and add more until desired sweetness) Add ice, rum, club soda and garnish with fresh mint leaves.
Tip: Change your mojitos with the addition of fruit. Blend a fresh fruit puree (strawberries, melon, etc.) by simply using a food processor to reduce the fruit to the pulp, strain out any of bigger pieces of fruit that remain. Mix the fruit puree in with all the other ingredients before adding the club soda.
- 3-4 Tablespoons Simple Syrup infused with your selection of an herb (see recipe)
- Fresh herbs depart or sprigs for garnish
- Splash of lemon juice
- Sparkling water or club soda
Fill glasses with ice; include lemon juice, simple syrup and club soda (or sparkling water) and stir fry. Add fresh herbs for garnish.
So now you know what to do to wow your visitors with appealing and tasty summer drink recipes. Get creative and make a few of your very own by combining a few of these recipes and suggestions with a number of your own.