Basil Blueberry Lemonade is a great summer drink with fresh herbs and fruit that taste like summer. A perfect summer drink it is light and refreshing and goes well with food. Mix pitchers of this for a summer brunch or get together, perfect! We tried it with Vodka, Rum and Gin. It worked equally well with all but Vodka was our favorite.
La Fleur d'Amour was created by San Francisco Mixologist Fleur Bailey who writes this about her drink. Don’t let the pretty feminine name of this cocktail fool you into thinking it will be a dainty treat. While the name means “The Flower of Love”, the idea in this sense is more of a passionate, fiery Cleopatra than a sweet Cinderella. Passion, power and spice are what this libation represents combining two of my greatest loves in a beverage, pear and ginger, and the marriage between them makes for an almighty potion. I always like to use fresh ingredients in my drinks and ginger provides that unmistakable fervor. La Fleur d’Amour is versatile enough you can drink it without the sparkling wine if you like a strong cocktail and appreciate the kick of ginger. It’s also a nice brunch alternative to a mimosa or Kir Royale if you use just a little of the mix in a glass of bubbly. A strong mimosa that is, this is one of those libations that go down as easy as lemonade, so keep that in mind before you’re responsible for your guests passing out for the afternoon. While there are variations of pear-flavored vodkas, it’s worthwhile to honor the French with this one because Grey Goose makes the cleanest, most delicate pear-flavored vodka than any other I’ve tried. They use the Anjou Pear that is cultivated in the Loire Valley, with water naturally filtered through Champagne limestone. They call theirs the “World’s Best Tasting Vodka”, and in this case I have to agree.
Lemonade Lush is a lemon twist on a margarita. Less on the lime side and more on the sour lemon side this drink is a great counterpoint to the traditional margarita.
Pink Lemonade is everything a good summer drink should be. Clean and crisp with a touch of raspberry liqueur makes this drink very drinkable on those hot summer days. A nice kick with the Citron flavored Vodka makes this a drink you should keep all the ingredients on hand for all summer long.
Long Island Iced Tea has disputed origins. However, numerous sources attribute the origin to one or both of two inventors in the 1970s or 1920s. The most believable is that Robert "Rosebud" Butt claims to have invented the drink as an entry in a contest to create a new mixed drink including Triple Sec, in 1972 while he worked at the Oak Beach Inn on Long Island, NY. Local rumors also ascribe the origin to either Butt or another bartender at the Old Beach Inn, Chris Bendicksen. It remains a kick sand in your face and get drunk kinda drink with 4 spirits and a cordial that make this drink about 22 proof when all is said and done. Back in the 20’s when many spirits were passed off as “tea” to avoid the stigma of drinking there were some similar drinks and even if they were a precursor to this drink it is more of a nod then a true twist on those drinks.
All drinks listed are: Basil Blueberry Lemonade, Guava Lime Cooler, Lemon Drop Martini, Pink Lemonade, Frozen Strawberry Lemonade, La Fleur dAmour, Lava Flow, Lemoncello Strawberry Lemonade, Lights Out, Little Italy, Long Island Iced Tea, Lump of Coal, Strawberry Thyme Lemonade, Cherry Limeade