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25 Perfect Summer Cocktails

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Putting in our bar cabinet last year basically created a self-fulfilling prophecy that we would become known for making cool cocktails when we’re hosting and cultivate quite a large collection of spirits and liqueurs.

Tip for Growing Your Home Bar: Add 1 bottle a month to your grocery list. Buy what's currently on sale. You'll quickly start a nice collection and be able to fill in the holes when making speciality drinks.

With summer coming up and hopefully many warm afternoons and evenings in the garden ahead, I’ve gather a list from across the web (read: Pinterest) of cocktails we should all add to our list to make this season. So instead of warming up with 25 Fall Cocktails, let’s cool off and daydream about being on holiday on a beach instead.

BUBBLY COCKTAILS

Rosé Spritzer from The Sweetest Occasion

Which one would you try first?

Cardamom Coconut Gin Fizz

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Next up in the Cocktail of the Month series is one that I’m really excited about, especially with the weather warming up. I first made it a couple of months ago when we had some friends over for dinner. I was making masala lamb and wanted to find a cocktail that would go nicely with the dinner. After doing some research, I found this drink from Cooking with Books. I wanted something that would have some of the same flavours from Indian food (cardamom and coconut) but was made in a refreshing way to balance the heat that is sometimes found in the cuisine. Granted, what we made wasn’t spicy by any means, but it was still a great compliment to our menu.

CARDAMOM COCONUT GIN FIZZ

  • 2 ounces coconut water

  • 1 1/2 ounce gin

  • 1/2 ounce elder flower liqueur (St. Germain)

  • 1/2 ounce cardamom simple syrup (recipe below)

  • splash of lemon juice

  • tonic water

  • star anise, to garnish

DIRECTIONS

Add coconut water, gin, elder flower liqueur, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until chilled.

Pour into a high ball glass filled with ice. Top with a splash (or squeeze) of lemon juice and tonic water.

Garnish with one star anise.

RECIPE NOTES

If you’re not a fan of gin, you can substitute vodka instead.

Coconut water can be quite syrupy, so combined with the elder flower liqueur and cardamom simple syrup, it can be quite thick. If you’re worried about the balance, only add 1 ounce of coconut water and add more tonic water instead.

CARDAMOM SIMPLE SYRUP

  • 1 cup cool water

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 2 Tablespoons cardamom pods

Add the ingredients to a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil, then turn down and simmer for 7 minutes. Cool at room temperature for 30 minutes, strain, then chill for 1 hour before using. Store in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to 1 month.

ALL ABOUT SIMPLE SYRUP

I’ve been obsessed with simple syrups over the last couple of months. It’s such a simple way to add a burst of flavour to your drink. A true simple syrup is one part cool water and one part sugar, but you can flavour them with anything you want. I’ve made more complex simple syrups (like my gingerbread iteration), but the one-to-one ratio is a great place to start. You can double or half the recipe easily depending on how much you want to make. However, you can store simple syrup in a sealed container (I use Mason jars) in the refrigerator for some time.

WHAT MAKES THIS A FIZZ COCKTAIL

I’ll admit that I used to think any fizzy cocktail, either with tonic water, soda water, or even prosecco or champagne was considered a fizz. But technically, in order to be considered a fizz, the cocktail needs these two defining features: acidic juice (lemon, lime, orange juice) and carbonated water (tonic or soda). A gin fizz is the most popular type and popular variations often include gin.

The fizz first appeared in the 1887 edition of Jerry Thomas's Bartender's Guide with six fizz recipes. It gained popularity in the States between 1900 and the 1940’s, particularly in New Orleans, Louisiana, where bartenders were employed specifically to make fizzes. It was included in the French cookbook L'Art Culinaire Francais, published in 1950, gaining popularity in Europe.

In the UK, the Buck’s Fizz is popular at Christmastime, which is a variant on a mimosa and still considered a fizz. (A Buck’s Fizz has two parts champagne, one part orange juice. A mimosa has equal parts champagne and orange juice.)

HOW TO SERVE THIS COCKTAIL

A gin fizz is traditionally served in a highball glass. (Also known as a collins glass or delmonico, which are actually slightly different, but interchangeable for a home bar.) A chilled glass is ideal, but the important thing is the increased volume from a smaller cocktail glass to between 10 to 16 ounces, depending on your glass. For a more traditional gin fizz (or a variant on the traditional cocktail), you’ll go heavy on the ice, but the increased volume is necessary for the larger portion of mixer (the tonic water).

CARDAMOM COCONUT MOCKTAIL FIZZ

  • 2 ounces coconut water

  • 1/2 ounce elder flower cordial

  • 1/2 ounce cardamom simple syrup

  • dash of lemon juice

  • tonic water

  • star anise, to garnish

DIRECTIONS

Add coconut water, elder flower cordial, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until chilled.

Pour into a high ball glass filled with ice. Top with a splash (or squeeze) of lemon juice and tonic water.

Garnish with one star anise.

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7 Game of Thrones Inspired Cocktails

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The final season of Game of Thrones premieres in just over a month and I for one cannot wait! I’ve hosted three viewing parties over the years (in seasons three, four, and five), each being bigger and better than the last. Luke and I plan on having a viewing party for the final season (probably for the series finale) and we all know a Drake party isn’t complete without a festival cocktail.

This month, instead of a Cocktail of the Month, I’m sharing seven in the name of the most powerful number in Westeros. Check out these amazing and mouth-watering drinks from around the web that would be perfect for a viewing party during the final season.

This post may contain spoilers for Game of Thrones through season seven.

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WILDFIRE

Wildfire is beautiful, but dangerous. The cocktail is beautiful, but delicious. A sweet combination of vodka and rum with some midori for colour, drink it in remembrance of the Battle of Blackwater Bay and the explosion of the Great Sept.

Game of Thrones Cocktail - The Prince That Was Promised - A Tipsy Giraffe

THE PRINCE THAT WAS PROMISED

A bourbon-based cocktail in honour of the prophecy that has motivated Melisandre’s actions throughout the series, first believing The Prince that was Promised to be Stannis, then believing it to be Jon. Don’t forget the Lightbringer garnish!

Game of Thrones Cocktail - The Lioness - Buzzfeed

THE LIONESS

Toast Queen Cersei with a combination of whiskey and—what else—red wine. Donning the colours of her house, Cersei might just be the proudest Lannister.

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THE LORD COMMANDER

Step up your gin and soda game in the name of The Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. Whether it’s in honour of Jeor Mormont, Jon Snow, or Eddison Tollett, these men deserve your respect.

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THE WHITE WALKER

Of course you can’t forget the ultimate villains of the show, the White Walkers. Instead of sacrificing baby boys, simply whip up a batch of these rum-based cocktails with blue curaçao to match their piercing blue eyes.

Game of Thrones Cocktail - The Bloody Bastard - Buzzfeed

THE BLOODY BASTARD

A tequila-based cocktail with a garnish that will make your skin crawl. Ramsay may be the worst character to ever hit our screens, but this cocktail is definitely a crowd pleaser.

Game of Thrones Cocktail - Drogon's Breath - My Recipes

DROGON’S BREATH

Become a dragon tamer with this cocktail, mixing gin, rum, wine and Aperol in the name of Daenerys’ chosen dragon, Drogon.

There are only six episodes remaining of the series, so I’m hoping to make one of these a week, doubling up for the finale and our big viewing party!

For more cocktail recipes and watch party ideas, check out How to Throw a Game of Thrones Viewing Party!

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