Got to thinking, what fun concoction can I whip up easily with what I already have in my fridge? Strawberries, basil, mint, lemon, cantaloupes, fresh peaches, ripe mangoes - ambrosia just waiting for a few ice cubes and a beautiful cocktail glass!
Here's a few summer cocktail recipes to try out this weekend! I love this time of year - my kitchen is full of farmer's market fresh veggies, herbs and summer fruit...
1. Fresh Strawberry-Basil Mojito
Sort of like a traditional mojito, using basil leaves rather than mint. Mint would work too, if you are not a fan of basil. Personally, I have both growing on my deck. Recipe is for 1 cocktail.
- 2 Basil Leaves - sliced
- 3 strawberries - sliced
- 1.5 oz light rum
- 1 oz. simply syrup or agave nectar
- 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
- club soda and ice
Muddle basil leaves and strawberries with syrup at the bottom of the glass. Add the liquid ingredients, give a quick stir and add ice. Looks so yummy and refreshing!
2. Mango Mint Dacquiri
- 1/2 cup freshly cut mango (frozen will work too)
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 1/2 cup rum
- 3 sprigs mint leaves
- 3 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 tablespoons agave nectar
Whirl all ingredients in your blender until smooth, garnish with a slice of lime and a fresh mint leaf.
3. Skinny Cantaloupe Sorbet Cocktail
Looks super easy, and could be made with any fresh summer fruit - peaches, honeydew melons, maybe blackberries or strawberries too!