Move over Mojito!

Chances are, most of your friends could spin off exactly what you drink when you go out for cocktails.  You know, the Long Islands, Cosmos & Cuba Libres of the world?  And chances are they probably came about because your hangout of choice was too loud to request (or shout) anything else more innovative.  Why not shake it up (pun intended), and try something new this summer?  I’m sharing three innovative recipes from major US cities where I’ve had the pleasure to live, work & play!

BOSTON | MA

Back Bay Blueberry Cosmo

Ingredients:

2 ounces Ocean Spray® Blueberry Juice Cocktail, chilled 

1 1/2 ounces vodka

1/2 ounce orange liqueur

1/2 ounce lime juice

1/4 teaspoon vermouth, if desired
blueberry_cosmoDirections:
In a shaker filled halfway with ice, combine all ingredients and shake well. Strain mixture into a chilled stemless martini glass. Garnish with a skewer of blueberries.
Makes 1 serving.

Photo Credit:

Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.

NEW YORK CITY | NY

South Street Seaport Cucumber Martini

Ingredients:

2 oz. Square One® Organic Cucumber Vodka

1 oz. Chartreuse® Liqueur

1/2 oz. Luxardo® maraschino liquor

1/2 oz. organic agave nectar

Splash of orange bitters

4 leaves of fresh basil, cut into thin strips

4 thinly sliced and peeled cucumber slices oceanavenue_cucumber-martini

Directions:

Place all ingredients into a shaker and add crushed ice. Shake vigorously for 1 minute, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a cucumber slice.

Makes 1 serving.


MIAMI | FL

Biscayne Bay Blood Orange & Ginger Martini

Ingredients:

2 ounces Blood Orange Puree

1 ½ ounces Absolut™ Ruby Red Vodka

1/2 ounce Rose’s™ Lime Juice

Lemon juice from 1 wedge of lemon

Add fresh ginger paste (to taste)

blood_martinis_300Directions:
In a shaker filled halfway with ice, combine all ingredients and shake well. Strain mixture into a chilled martini glass.

Makes 1 serving.

  

 

There you have it, three fantastic recipes sure to please you and your guests. So why wait?  Turn your backyard into the new party venue this weekend with these great cocktails!