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    Vodka Lemonade

    Vodka Lemonade

     
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    CITRUS AND HERB VODKA TONIC


Ingredients:

Orange & Sage Vodka Tonic
1 sage large leaf (plus more to garnish)
3 oz. vodka
6 oz. Orange Pellegrino
2 orange slices
Lemon & Lavender Vodka Tonic
A few lavender flowers (plus more to garnish)
3 oz. vodka
6 oz. Lemon  Pellegrino
2 lemon slices



Directions:

To make Orange & Sage Vodka Tonic
Place one sage leaf and vodka in a glass. Muddle sage leaf. Place ice cubes in glass. Fill with Orange Pellegrino or with tonic water (if using the later, add 2 oz of fresh orange juice) and stir. Garnish with orange slices and remaining sage leaves.
To make Lemon & Lavender Vodka Tonic
Place lavender flowers and vodka in a glass. Muddle lavender. Place ice cubes in glass. Fill with Lemon Pellegrino or with tonic water (if using the later, add 2 oz of lemon juice) and stir. Garnish with lemon slices and lavender.




A few notes:
Both variations can be made using plain tonic water and then flavored with at least  2 oz. (or more according to personal preference) of fresh squeezed citrus juice. I used Pellegrino for ease of preparation and because I prefer it over plain tonic for this drink.  
To use  lavender flower, simply pull the flower out of the pod. A little goes along way, so sip and taste as you prepare the drink. Same thing holds true for the sage - sip and taste as you prepare it.

    CITRUS AND HERB VODKA TONIC

    Ingredients:

    Orange & Sage Vodka Tonic

    • 1 sage large leaf (plus more to garnish)
    • 3 oz. vodka
    • 6 oz. Orange Pellegrino
    • 2 orange slices

    Lemon & Lavender Vodka Tonic

    • A few lavender flowers (plus more to garnish)
    • 3 oz. vodka
    • 6 oz. Lemon  Pellegrino
    • 2 lemon slices

    Directions:

    To make Orange & Sage Vodka Tonic

    1. Place one sage leaf and vodka in a glass. Muddle sage leaf. Place ice cubes in glass. Fill with Orange Pellegrino or with tonic water (if using the later, add 2 oz of fresh orange juice) and stir. Garnish with orange slices and remaining sage leaves.

    To make Lemon & Lavender Vodka Tonic

    1. Place lavender flowers and vodka in a glass. Muddle lavender. Place ice cubes in glass. Fill with Lemon Pellegrino or with tonic water (if using the later, add 2 oz of lemon juice) and stir. Garnish with lemon slices and lavender.

    A few notes:

    1. Both variations can be made using plain tonic water and then flavored with at least  2 oz. (or more according to personal preference) of fresh squeezed citrus juice. I used Pellegrino for ease of preparation and because I prefer it over plain tonic for this drink.  
    2. To use  lavender flower, simply pull the flower out of the pod. A little goes along way, so sip and taste as you prepare the drink. Same thing holds true for the sage - sip and taste as you prepare it.
     
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    INGREDIENTS



1 cup sugar
2 cups grated English cucumber (about 1 cucumber), plus cucumber wedges, for garnish
9 ounces vodka, chilled
12 ounces cranberry juice (no sugar added)
1/2 cup fresh lime juice (from about 4 limes)
Ice, for serving


DIRECTIONS


STEP 1
Bring sugar and 1 cup water to a boil in a small pot. Reduce heat, and simmer, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, stir in grated cucumber, and let cool. Pour through a fine sieve into a bowl or large glass measuring cup, and discard solids (you should have 2 cups syrup). Cucumber syrup can be refrigerated up to 3 days.



STEP 2
Combine cucumber syrup, vodka, and cranberry and lime juices in a 2-quart pitcher. Cocktail can be refrigerated up to 8 hours. Serve over ice, and garnish with cucumber wedges.

    INGREDIENTS

    • 1 cup sugar
    • 2 cups grated English cucumber (about 1 cucumber), plus cucumber wedges, for garnish
    • 9 ounces vodka, chilled
    • 12 ounces cranberry juice (no sugar added)
    • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice (from about 4 limes)
    • Ice, for serving

    DIRECTIONS

    1. STEP 1

      Bring sugar and 1 cup water to a boil in a small pot. Reduce heat, and simmer, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, stir in grated cucumber, and let cool. Pour through a fine sieve into a bowl or large glass measuring cup, and discard solids (you should have 2 cups syrup). Cucumber syrup can be refrigerated up to 3 days.

    2. STEP 2

      Combine cucumber syrup, vodka, and cranberry and lime juices in a 2-quart pitcher. Cocktail can be refrigerated up to 8 hours. Serve over ice, and garnish with cucumber wedges.

     
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  12. Champagne Sangria
 
Ingredients
1- 750 ml bottle of Champagne or sparkling wine such as Prosecco
1/2 cup pear vodka
1/3 cup lime juice
1/3 cup simple syrup
1 Anjou pear diced
1 White nectarine diced
1 cup strawberries diced
Sugar for the rim
Instructions
Dice nectarine, pear, and strawberries and add to a large pitcher.
Add pear vodka, lime juice, simple syrup and stir. Keep chilled in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.
Just before serving stir in 1 bottle of Champagne or sparkling wine.
Rim glasses with granulated sugar (options) and pour sangria. Enjoy!


Tip: Simple syrup can be made by combining equal parts sugar and water in a sauce pan and lightly simmering just until sugar is dissolved. Store in the refrigerator.
Have a good Saturday!
    Champagne Sangria
     
    Ingredients
    • 1- 750 ml bottle of Champagne or sparkling wine such as Prosecco
    • 1/2 cup pear vodka
    • 1/3 cup lime juice
    • 1/3 cup simple syrup
    • 1 Anjou pear diced
    • 1 White nectarine diced
    • 1 cup strawberries diced
    • Sugar for the rim
    Instructions
    1. Dice nectarine, pear, and strawberries and add to a large pitcher.
    2. Add pear vodka, lime juice, simple syrup and stir. Keep chilled in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.
    3. Just before serving stir in 1 bottle of Champagne or sparkling wine.
    4. Rim glasses with granulated sugar (options) and pour sangria. Enjoy!

    Tip: Simple syrup can be made by combining equal parts sugar and water in a sauce pan and lightly simmering just until sugar is dissolved. Store in the refrigerator.

    Have a good Saturday!

     
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    Cucumber Gin Fizz
What you’ll need:• 2 oz. Hendricks Gin• 1/2 oz. St. Germain Elderflower• 3/4 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice• 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup• 1 Cucumber Wheel (1″ thick and skinned)• Top with Soda Water
How to: • Muddle cucumber in the bottom of a mixing tin• Add ice and remaining ingredients except soda water• Shake and strain over ice in a collins glass and top with soda• Garnish with three cucumber spears in a fan

    Cucumber Gin Fizz

    What you’ll need:
    • 2 oz. Hendricks Gin
    • 1/2 oz. St. Germain Elderflower
    • 3/4 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
    • 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
    • 1 Cucumber Wheel (1″ thick and skinned)
    • Top with Soda Water

    How to: 
    • Muddle cucumber in the bottom of a mixing tin
    • Add ice and remaining ingredients except soda water
    • Shake and strain over ice in a collins glass and top with soda
    • Garnish with three cucumber spears in a fan

    (Source: weddingblogbythebreakers.com)

     
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