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Your Weekend Cocktails: June 29 - July 1

Stephen Brown

This weekend we’re getting a jump-start on the Independence Day celebrations. So without further ado, here’s some red, white and blue cocktails for your sipping pleasure.

 

Friday Happy Hour: Red

This Friday we’re turning the traditional Italian Bellini on its ear, using a summer seasonal favorite, cherries. Cherry-Meyer Lemon Bellinis are a simple and refreshing addition to any summertime soiree, a plus now that lil’ Debby has gone off to soak another coast. Cheers!

 Cherry-Meyer Lemon Bellini

Cherry-Meyer Lemon Bellini

  • ½ pound of pitted cherries (2 cups)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 oz. fresh squeezed Meyer lemon juice
  • 1 ½ bottle of brut Champagne (or Prosecco)

Puree cherries in a food processor. Pass the puree through a fine strainer, pushing on the solid mash—this should give you a ½ cup of cherry juice. Put cherry juice in a small saucepan and stir in sugar. Bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve sugar. Refrigerate until chilled.

   In a large pitcher, stir cherry and Meyer lemon juice together. Slowly pour in Champagne. Serve in a Champagne flute over ice.


 

 

An IBA Official Cocktail, the White Lady is a classic evening sip for the sophisticate. Known by many names (Delilah, Chelsea Side-car, Lillian Forever), the White Lady is essentially a SidecarWhite Lady cocktail made with gin instead of brandy and some avian extras, an egg white. The egg white gives the drink that frothy texture and white appearance, though means a bit more elbow grease is needed on the shaker.

 

White Lady

  • 2 oz. Plymouth Gin
  • ½ oz. Cointreau
  • ½ oz. lemon juice
  • 1 egg white 

Add all ingredients in a shaking tin over cracked ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


 Blue Lagoon cocktail

Sunday Funday: and Blue!

Wrapping the Red, White and Blue festivities is the Blue Lagoon, an adult version of lemonade with an aqua hue.

 

Blue Lagoon

 

Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. Add vodka and Curaçao and top with lemonade; stir well. Garnish with an orange slice or get fancy with a lemon twist.

 

 


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Your Weekend Cocktails for June 29 - July 1 - Red, White and Blue cocktails


 

Tools of the Trade

Become a master mixologist, or at least look like one, with the tools that make the trade.

Your Weekend Cocktails - Tools to Make a Pro - Williams-Sonoma

 

  • Muddler: This little tenderizing stick is a godsend and a must for any home bar. If fruity cocktails are in your future, the muddler is the only way to unlock fruits’ flavor.
  • Handheld Citrus Juicer: Nothing beats freshly squeezed juice, but it can be a pain. Invest in a handheld citrus juicer; they are cheap and do the trick tout de suite.
  • Cocktail Shaker: Don’t be a chump stirring your martini like a noob; purchase a nice shaker and become a master home barkeep.
  • Jigger: This little apparati will make mixing the perfect drink as easy as pie. It's equipped with 1½ oz. and 1 oz. cups for perfectly measured pours every time.

*Pictured available at Williams-Sonoma

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