Memorial weekend comes so fast after the spring event season and I don’t know about you, but while I am so ready to relax, I don’t have the creative energy to spend a whole afternoon creating special cocktails. I just want to kick back and sip!
These are some fun ideas that will get your party going with VERY little effort and BIG flavor. Plus most of these cocktails are refreshing and are not super boozy.
My go to…Start with your favorite bottle of mineral water—I use Topo Chico—and swig out about 2 ounces, then pour in a shot of a good reposado tequila. Top with lime and, boom, you’ve got a portable, dry refreshing cocktail, clocking in at about 100 calories! It’s also 12oz of water, so you’ll stay hydrated!! Topo also comes inplastic screwcap bottles, so you can do the same if you are pool-side or onaboat!
If you are not as worried about calories as I am, and you need some caffeine, the Cuba Libre is a fantastic summer sipper! Use Mexican Coca Cola, good rum and a lime (250 calories). You can get creative and use spiced or berry flavored rums if you like that sort of thing.
Then there is the Gin & Tonic. It’s having a resurgence, so says the blog-o-sphere. Regardless, I LOVE a good G&T, but I usually only drink one, maybe two… tonic gets to be a little too sweet for me. The thing about the G&T today is that, with all the different gin profiles out there now, you can experience so many different flavors. The ingredient to which I hold strict is that I use really good tonic, like Fever Tree (90 calories) or the Liber & Co Spiced Tonic Concentrate. This ensures that no matter what gin I use, the sweet component of the tonic is of good quality and therefore eases the opportunity for a sun-drenched-alcohol-aided headache! Nobody wants those!
And lastly, for those of you who want to get a little creative, try a Cointreau Rickey (190 calories). Cointreau is an orange flavored, 80 proof spirit, made from the zest of sweet and bitter oranges. That’s what gives it balance! You don’t need to measure the Rickey too closely, so you will almost never mess this up. 2 oz of Cointreau, 1 oz Lime Juice and 4 oz Club Soda is an easy combo. And if you like fruit, add some muddled berries, cucumber slices and mint leaves. Think of it like an alternative to Sangria. In fact, this would be a great cocktail to make in pitchers if you have a crowd.
Thirsty yet? I am. See you at the pool…Cheers!