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Watermelon, Lime and Ginger Juice.

Home Crafted Cocktails

We have gone out for drinks more often than usual this summer. We made a vow to get out more, and not be such home bodies all the time. We’ve enjoyed some fun times with friends, and frankly spent A LOT of money, often on drinks that taste ‘virgin.’ Six of us ordered margaritas one night and at $12 each, it felt like $60 worth of lemonade. That’s enough to convince me to have guests and serve home crafted cocktails myself. As if I need an excuse.

When my daughter turned 21 last week, she wanted to have a cocktail party (she is the last of her friends to turn 21) so we put our heads together and created a drink menu that gave us a good bang for the buck.  She chose three interesting and delicious drinks. One requires muddling, and no, you don’t need to go buy a muddler – a wooden spoon works perfectly well. Early in the day I made the simple syrup and put it in the fridge.

Simple Syrup
2 Cup sugar
2 Cups water
Bring to a boil and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Chill.

Gingerful Watermelon Cocktail
Juice one sugar baby watermelon with three peeled limes and a one inch knob of ginger.
Mix three parts juice to one part vodka
Serve over ice
Garnish with fresh mint.

Deep Green Sea
Juice one small cucumber with 1/2 lb baby kale and 1/2 lb baby arugula. 
In a shaker, combine:
juice from about 1/3 lemon
1 shot vodka
1.5 to 2  shots  green juice
1 shot simple syrup
Shake and strain. Serve on the rocks with a wedge of lemon. 

Raspberry Mojito
Muddle 5 fresh raspberries with about 6 fresh mint leaves.
Add 1 shot simple syrup
and 1 shot white rum
Add ice and top with club soda.
Garnish with a couple fresh raspberries.

The exact measurements are not important - experiment and use more or less of the various ingredients to suit your personal taste.

Cheers!