Everyone loves summer, and with the first official weekend of summer approaching, it is time to break out those blenders and shakers! Simple Solutions Diva has gathered some favorites together for your cocktail menu consideration!


Mojito Cocktail (Photo Credit: Liquor.com)
Mojito Cocktail (Photo Credit: Liquor.com)
  • 6 Mint leaves
  • .75 oz Simple syrup (one part water, one part sugar, boiled until thickened. Cool for use)
  • .75 oz Fresh lime juice
  • 1.5 oz White rum
  • 1.5 oz Club soda
  • Mint Sprig Garnish

In a shaker, lightly muddle the mint. Add the simple syrup, lime juice and rum, and fill with ice. Shake well and pour (unstrained) into a highball glass. Top with the club soda and garnish with a mint sprig.

Recipe Credit: Liquor.com


Margaritas By The Pitcher

Margaritas By The Pitcher (Photo Credit: Liquor.com)
Margaritas By The Pitcher (Photo Credit: Liquor.com)
  • 10 oz Fresh lime juice
  • 14 oz Cointreau (orange flavored liquor)
  • 3.5 oz Agave syrup or simple syrup
  • 22 oz Tequila
  • Lime Wedge Garnish

For this recipe you need a 52-ounce pitcher. First, add the fresh lime juice and then the Cointreau. Have a taste—it should still be a bit tart. You can add a little more Cointreau but not much.

Adjust the sweetness with a little agave syrup (two parts agave nectar, one part water) or simple syrup (one part sugar, one part water) but don’t use more Cointreau, which would change the balance of the drink.

Add the tequila and taste. The mixture should still be intense, because you haven’t added any ice yet.

When a guest wants a drink, pour 3 ounces of the mix into a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a stemmed Margarita or cocktail glass with a half-salted rim or a rocks glass filled with fresh ice.

Garnish with a thin wheel of lime. If you have a large shaker or a gallon jar with a screw-top you can shake a whole bunch of drinks at the same time.

Recipe Credit: Liquor.com


Strawberry Sangria

Strawberry Sangria (Adapted from Fraîche restaurant) Photo Credit: Carlos Chavez / Los Angeles Times
Strawberry Sangria (Adapted from Fraîche restaurant) Photo Credit: Carlos Chavez / Los Angeles Times
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 16 ripe strawberries, cut in half
  • 1/2 teaspoon aged balsamic vinegar
  • 4 ounces Grand Marnier
  • 4 ounces premium vodka
  • 8 ounces California Pinot Noir

Combine the lime juice and sugar in a small heavy-bottom saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, then immediately reduce the heat to very low and simmer about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Divide the strawberries among 4 old-fashioned glasses. Sprinkle equal amounts of balsamic vinegar over them (it’ll be just a few drops in each, about one-eighth teaspoon). Divide the Grand Marnier among them, and muddle the ingredients in each glass.

Fill each glass about two-thirds full with ice, then pour equal amounts vodka over the ice in each. Add one-half ounce of the simmered lime juice to each glass. Pour equal amounts of the wine into each glass, then stir gently and serve.

Recipe Credit: Recipe Adapted by LA Times from bar chef Albert Trummer at Fraîche.


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