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Cocktails By Season

by Yajush Sharma

 

People like to change their style, taste (and even attitude!) with the changing weather. Changing your drink with the changing weather can help your mind and body - It's like having a cold iced tea in the summer and hot espresso in the winter. So whether you’re hosting or wanting to switch up your go-to favorite, we have some cocktails to explore by season!

Summer Drinks

When days become warmer and longer, your body needs more hydration than usual. Our suggestion: avoid too much sugar! Too much sugar can make you feel dehydrated, which can lead to headaches and leave you lethargic the next day. 


Beat the heat with these two drinks

Bourbon Cider Cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 1 part of Bourbon
  • 1 tsp sugar (or honey!)
  • 2 parts hard cider
  • 2 dashes bitter
  • Orange slices and cherries

    Steps:

    • Take all the ingredients in a glass, mix them and stir, until the sugar or honey dissolves.
    • Add your Bourbon with crushed ice.
    • Garnish with orange slices and/or cherries.


      2) Mojito with Basil

      Ingredients:

      • 1 and a half ounces of Rum
      • Chilled seltzer water or soda
      • 1 teaspoon of sugar (or agave)
      • Juice from one lime
      • Fresh mint and basil 

        Steps:

        • Grab a tall rum glass, add sugar (or agave), fresh lime juice, mint, and basil: muddle.
        • Add your favorite Rum. 
        • Stir together with lots of ice (small cubes preferable!)
        • Top off with soda or seltzer. 
        • Garnish with mint or basil.

           

          Winter Drinks

          A warming and refreshing beverage is always a great idea especially when your body cannot afford to catch a cold (grandma’s old tale of rum and cognac killing the common cold works for us!) Whiskey, Rum, and Wine are amazing for winters garnished with favorites such as chocolate and whipped cream. Winter also means celebration as Christmas and New Year are almost impossible without pleasing liquors.

           1) Hot Buttered Rum With Cinnamon



          Ingredients:

          • 2 oz Spiced Rum
          • 1 Cinnamon stick
          • 1 pinch Cinnamon powder
          • 1 pinch Nutmeg powder
          • 1 pinch Clove powder
          • 2 tsp of sugar (or honey!)
          • 2 tbsp butter

            Steps:

            • Add sugar/honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove powder into a small saucepan with butter until butter is melted and fragrant.
            • Add your favorite Rum into a glass.
            • Pour saucepan liquid over Rum and stir.
            • Garnish with cinnamon sticks (add hot water to taste!)

               

              2) Christmas Sangria

              Ingredients:

              • 1 full bottle of Red Wine
              • 1 cup of cranberry or pomegranate juice
              • ¼ cup Sparkling Apple Cider
              • 1/2 cup Brandy
              • 2 tbsp of honey (or sugar)
              • Fresh cranberries 
              • Chopped green apple 

                Steps:

                • Pour red wine into a jug or your favorite glass serveware. 
                • Add juice, cider, liquor, honey, and fruit.
                • Refrigerate 2+ hours.
                • Pour and serve!

                   

                  Spring Cocktails

                  Spring is about hanging out with friends and enjoying the weather! Why not add some colorful and fresh cocktails to the mix?! Here are our suggestions.

                  1.Honey Rose Margarita

                  Ingredients :

                  • 1 tsp honey
                  • 2 tbsp lime juice
                  • 2 oz Blanco Tequila
                  • 1 oz of Cointreau
                  • 2 tbsp Rose Water
                  • Fresh rose leaves (optional)

                    Steps:

                    • Add honey, lime juice, tequila, Cointreau, and rose water in a shaker with ice and mix. 
                    • Pour over ice. 
                    • Garnish with rose petals.

                      2. Ginger Rum Cocktail

                      Ingredients:

                      • Ginger Syrup (you can make this fresh!)
                      • 2 tbsp sugar
                      • Fresh ginger
                      • ¾ cup of water
                      • Soda water (or ginger ale!)
                      • 2 oz Spiced Rum
                      • Lemon slices

                       Steps

                      • Heat sugar, water, and chopped ginger in a small saucepan until sugar dissolves and syrup reduces a bit, about 5 minutes. Let it sit until cool.
                      • Pour Rum over a glass of ice and add syrup to taste.
                      • Top off with soda water. Mix.
                      • Garnish with a lemon wedge.

                         

                        Fall Season Cocktails

                         When the days begin to cool down, you can go out in your favorite full sleeves or dark color and Pumpkin Spice lattes are back at Starbucks, you know it's the fall season! The best thing about fall seasons is the chilling nights and happy weather, which make it ideal for cocktails and drinks.

                         

                        1) The Harvest

                        Ingredients:

                        • 2 oz Cognac
                        • 1 tbsp Apple butter (or apple syrup!)
                        • 1 chopped apple (green, preferable)
                        • 2 tbsp sugar
                        • ¾ water (mix in a saucepan, reduce and cool)
                        • 0.5 oz Cinnamon syrup
                        • Apple slices (green, preferable)

                        Steps:

                        • Mix Cognac, apple butter, and cinnamon in a shaker with ice. Pour into a martini or coupe glass.

                        • Pour into a martini or coupe glass.
                        • Garnish with apple slices

                        2) Pumpkin Spice Martini

                        Ingredients

                        • 1 oz vanilla flavored Vodka
                        • 2 oz pumpkin spice Liqueur (i.e. Baileys)
                        • 1 pinch cinnamon
                        • 1 pinch nutmeg
                        • Coconut sugar (or turbinado!)
                        • Maple syrup (dark, preferable!)

                          Steps
                          • Add vodka, pumpkin spice liqueur and spices into a shaker with ice and mix together. 
                          • Pour maple syrup onto a plate and dip martini glass.
                          • Sprinkle coconut sugar onto the rim.
                          • Pour shaker liquid into glass and enjoy!

                           

                          Let us know how you’ve chosen to enjoy these fun new cocktails in the comment section below. Also, share with us your favorite seasonal drink you can’t live without!


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