The Panache and Promises crew has some bad news for you all: the end of summer will be here soon. The kids are going back to school and pretty soon you’ll be swapping out your cute tank tops for cozy sweaters. Cherish these last sweaty weeks with a refreshing summer party and a few signature vodka cocktails. These colorful and fruity drinks are among some of my favorite summer refreshers. Buy up Schnucks’ supply of fresh fruit before the season ends and grab your friends and family for a fun patio get-together complete with Volstead, Shaken Lemonade, and Russian Spring Punch cocktails.
4 fresh strawberries (+1 for garnish)
¾ oz of simple syrup
¾ oz of vodka
¾ oz of St. German Elderflower Liqueur
¾ oz of lemon juice
This one is so easy: equal parts of everything! Start with muddling your berries with the simple syrup. Then add the rest of your ingredients and some ice and shake it! Strain and pour, and add your last strawberry for garnish. Sweet (and strong)!
2 rosemary sprigs
1 lemon wheel
2 oz vodka
¼ oz of rosemary syrup
2 oz of lemon juice
2 oz of club soda
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of water
1 sprig of rosemary
(Combine all in a saucepan and stir until the sugar dissolves. Simmer. Remove from heat. Steep the rosemary sprig for 30 minutes and then remove it from the syrup. Let the syrup cool before using.)
This cocktail requires a little more work but it has more flavor than basic boozy lemonade. Put the rosemary and lemon wheel in a glass. Add ice, vodka, rosemary syrup, and lemon juice. Shake them all together and top with club soda. Viola!
Russian Spring Punch
¾ oz vodka
½ oz lemon juice
½ oz simple syrup
¼ oz crème de cassis (black currant liqueur)
Dry sparkling wine
Pansy flower for garnish
This one’s steps are simple: combine all the ingredients with 2 ice cubes and garnish with a pansy flower (or whatever else you have growing in your yard). Ok, I know the name of the drink has “spring” in it, but this unique cocktail is delicious in all of the summer months too. And it’s so pretty!
Celebrate what’s left of the heat with these specialty cocktails. Expose your crowd to some new flavors and the definition of “specialty.” The more unique liqueurs like “crème de cassis” and “German elderflower liqueur” can be purchased at Total Wine. Cheers to boozy summer nights! *Clink*
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