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Since Mum and my Aunt have been here, we have greatly enjoyed our nightly cocktail hours. Depending on the menu for the evening and our mood, I have measured and mixed, shaken and stirred different concoctions to sip along with our light conversations.

MARGARITA MARTINI

margarita martini

1 1/2 ounces tequila

1 1/2 ounces fresh lime juice

1 ounce simple syrup

1 1/2 ounces orange flavored liqueur

fresh mint for garnish

Combine the tequila, lime juice, simple syrup and orange flavored liqueur in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well, then strain into a martini glass and garnish with fresh mint.

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Sandra Lee

www.foodnetwork.com › Chefs & Hosts › Sandra Lee

STRAWBERRY FRENCH 75

mum and aunty marion at the lakehouse

strawberry french 75

Place 10 hulled strawberries and 5 ounces of simple syrup in a blender and blend thoroughly. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a pitcher, discarding solids. Add 10 ounces gin and 5 ounces chilled fresh lemon juice to pitcher, then slowly pour in 1 bottle of sparkling wine and stir to incorporate.

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from The Wall Street Journal, June 2015

www.wsj.com/public/page/magazine-food.html

POMEGRANATE MARGARITA

pomegranate margarita

5 1/4 cups pomegranate juice

1 cup fresh lime juice

3/4 cup tequila

1/3 cup sugar

5 tablespoons Cointreau

turbinado sugar for the rim

Divide pomegranate juice among ice-cube trays, freeze until solid. Puree juice cubes, lime juice, tequila, sugar and Cointreau in a blender until smooth.

Place turbinado sugar on a plate, place additional lime juice in a bowl. Dip rims of glasses in juice, then sugar.

Pour margaritas into glasses and serve.

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

www.marthastewart.com/

LES FIZZ

les fizz

1/2 ounce gin

1/2 ounce elderflower liqueur

sparkling wine, to fill

fresh strawberries

Pour the gin and elderflower liqueur into a flute, then fill to the top with champagne. Garnish with a strawberry.

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from USA WEEKEND, February 2013

www.usaweekend.com/section/FOOD04/Recipe-Archive

BLACKBERRY LIME AGUA FRESCA

blackberry lime agua fresca

Process 1 (12-ounce) package of fresh blackberries, 1 cup powdered sugar, and 1/2 cup fresh lime juice in a blender until smooth. Press mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a large pitcher. Discard pulp and seeds. Divide among coupes and top with sparkling wine.

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Southern Living, July 2013

www.southernliving.com/

 

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