Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Fundraiser: Here's to Summer Cocktails!

It’s my favorite time of the year!  But when the heat is sweltering, there’s nothing better than a nice, cool cocktail by the pool.  Serve these summery Saffron59 favorites at your next BBQ or just for yourself!

At a recent Cetana fundraiser to raise money for the educational future of Burma, our Burma Rise cocktail was a hit:

Recipe: Burma Rise
½ cup vodka
¼ cup lime juice
¼ cup ginger infused simple syrup
¼ cup pomegranate juice
½ cup club soda
Muddled Thai basil leaves

Mix all ingredients except club soda and Thai Basil into a pitcher and stir to mix.  To serve, pour into glass of ice and add 3-4 leaves per glass of Thai Basil and top off with club soda.

Blood Orange Sangria

Here’s an unusual use for Earl Grey tea and gin:

-Earl Grey MarTEAni
1 1/2 ounces Earl Gray Gin Infusion (see below for recipe)
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 ounce simple syrup
1 lemon twist, for garnish

Fill a cocktail shaker two-thirds full of ice and add the gin infusion, lemon juice, simple syrup.  Shake for approximately 15 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add lemon twist.

Earl Grey Gin Infusion
1/4 cup loose Earl Grey tea leaves
1 liter gin

Add tea leaves to the bottle of gin.
Replace cap and shake well.  Allow the tea to steep in the gin for 2 hours; strain gently to remove the tea leaves. Do not press the tea leaves to extract excess gin -- this can make the infusion bitter.
One of our most popular summer drinks contain fresh seasonal blood orange.  It’s colorful and refreshing:

-Blood Orange Sangria
2 cups sliced strawberries
2 cups apple juice
2/3 cup Triple Sec (orange-flavored liqueur)
1/2 cup sugar
4 whole cloves
3 seedless blood oranges, each cut into 16 wedges
2 (750-milliliter) bottles fruity red wine
2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
1 lemon, cut into 8 wedges
1 lime, cut into 8 wedges

Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher, and stir until sugar dissolves.  Cover and chill 8 hours or overnight.  Discard cloves and cinnamon sticks.  Pour sangria into individual glasses, including the fruit.