cocktails

Winesicles

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Bottlenotes suggests turning your favorite wine into an icy summer time treat in their Daily Sip. Cool off guests or enjoy after a nice summer meal, one thing’s for sure, these winesicles are sure to be the perfect addition to any hot, summer day!


Ingredients:
Any wine of your choosing (4 oz.) – suggested: Sauvignon Blanc or Merlot
Orangina (4 oz.)
Pineapple juice (4 oz.)
Juice of one lime
Juice of one lemon
Kit for making 3 oz. popsicles (readily available at
Bed Bath & Beyond or Target)

Instructions:
1. Pour the wine, Orangina and pineapple juice into a measuring cup.
2. Squeeze in lemon and lime juice to your taste. Mix well.
3. Pour the mixture into your popsicle molds. Place in the freezer until solid.

Summer Cocktails: Kiwi Mint Julep

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Mint Juleps are fine for the Kentucky Derby, and their tropical cousin the Mojito is fine for the beach, but where does one turn for a nice afternoon drink in the backyard? This Kiwi Mint Julep is exotic and fruity, but fresh enough to quench your lazy afternoon thirst.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 2 cups ice
  • 3 kiwi fruits, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons frozen limeade concentrate
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 3 ounces bourbon (optional)

Directions

  1. Dissolve sugar in hot water in a 1-cup measure; let cool slightly.
  2. Combine ice, kiwis, limeade, mint, the sugar mixture and bourbon, if using, in a blender.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Serve immediately.

Summer Cocktails: Pineapple & Mango Daiquiri

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This recipe seems simple, and it is. But because it uses fresh mangoes and fresh pineapple juice, it is so delicious and crisp. Use high-quality ingredients, including a top shelf golden rum, for best results. Go whip up a batch (it’s ready in about five minutes) and sip them on the porch this afternoon!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 small ripe mangoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1/2 mango, cut into slices with skin for garnish
  • 4 ounces best-quality golden rum
  • 4 cups fresh pineapple juice (from a 4 1/2-pound pineapple)
  • fresh tropical fruit, such as dragon fruit and star fruit, for garnish

Directions

  1. Puree mangoes, rum, and 1/2 cup water in a blender. Pour 2 ounces puree into each of six 12-ounce glasses. Fill glasses with ice, and top off with pineapple juice. Garnish with tropical fruit. Serves 6.

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