Sunday, June 24, 2012

Summer Mint Cocktail Recipes

Today I wanted to share with you two cocktail recipes I like to make in the summertime. Both contain mint and vodka. Mint, because it adds a great flavor and smells wonderful. Vodka, because if there's a bottle of liquor at our house, it's probably vodka (my husband is Ukrainian, haha.)

For both cocktails, you will need a shaker, muddler, and a shot glass (for measuring).

The first is kind of a play on a mojito, using vodka instead of rum, and lemon instead of lime. 

For this drink you will need:

Fresh Mint
Ginger Beer, or lemon/lime soda, or both
Simple Syrup

To start, you take about 6 mint leaves (give or take a few depending on the size) and add them to your shaker. Pour in about a tablespoon of simple syrup. Muddle the mint and syrup for a good 30 seconds or so, making sure to bruise the leaves well. Then take two wedges of lemon, squeeze them into the shaker, then toss in. Muddle on the skin of the lemon a couple times to squeeze out the citrus. Add a handful of ice to the shaker and pour in a shot of vodka. Typical size of a shot is 1 & 1/2 ounces. Close your shaker and shake it all up. Take a regular glass, and instead of straining the contents of your shaker, just open the top and pour it all in. Add ice to fill up the rest of the cup. The next step is up to you. If you'd like more spice in your drink, only add ginger beer. If you want your cocktail to be sweeter, only add lemon/lime soda. For my cocktail, I find the perfect solution is equal parts of each. Give your drink a little stir, and voila! 

The mint and lemon wedges through the clear glass act as the garnish while making your drink smell amazing!

The second drink is similar to the Southside cocktail, but using vodka instead of gin and orange instead of lime.

For this drink you will need:

Triple Sec (or any orange liqueur) 
an Orange
Simple Syrup
Martini glass

Once again, add around 6 mint leaves to your shaker with a tablespoon of simple syrup, and muddle away. Once your mint leaves are good and muddled, add a slice of orange, and muddle again. Make sure to muddle on the rind. Add ice to your shaker. Now add 1 1/2 ounces of vodka, and about an ounce of tripe sec. (if you want a stronger martini, do 2 oz. vodka & 1 oz triple sec; if you want a sweeter martini, do 1 oz. vodka and 1 1/2 oz. triple sec) Close and shake all of the ingredients in your shaker. Strain into your martini glass, and voila! 

I garnished mine with a sprig of mint and a slice of orange. If you don't have martini glasses on hand, this drink would go great strained over ice in a regular glass as well.

*If you absolutely hate vodka; gin or rum would both work very well with the first cocktail. The second would work great with bourbon also.


<3 Lauren

1 comment:

  1. Oh I will definitely try those recipes! In just a couple of days I am meeting my best friend and we're going to spend the whole summer together. We are nuts about cocktail recipes and new ones are always welcomed :)