Recipes: Summer Drinks

summer-drinks

michelada

Michelada

Ingredients

– 1 can mexican lager (Tecate, Dos Equis, etc.)
– 2 oz clamato juice
– 1 oz tequila
– 1 oz lime juice
– dash worcestershire sauce
– as much hot sauce as you like (Tapatio is our favorite)
– chile salt and lime slices for garnish

Directions

Salt the rim of a pint glass then fill with ice. Add the clamato, tequila, lime juice, worcestershire and hot sauce. Fill the remainder of the glass with the beer. Stir. Garnish with lime slice.

limoncello

Limoncello

Ingredients

– 10 lemons, just the zest
– 1 (750 mL) bottle high-proof pure grain alcohol (we used 190 proof everclear)
– 3 cups water
– 2 cups sugar

Directions

Scrub the lemons thoroughly. Using a microplane, zest the lemons. Be careful to get only the zest and none of the bitter white pith. This should yield 1.5-2 cups of zest. Place the zest in a gallon glass jar. Pour the bottle of alcohol into the jar and seal with a lid. Stash your jar away in a cool dark place for at least 3 weeks (or up to six weeks if steeping with lower proof vodka). After the waiting period, combine the water and sugar in a pot and bring to a boil. Stir to dissolve sugar. Let the syrup cool to room temperature before adding to the alcohol. Give everything a good stir, and let it sit another week. The longer it sits, the more rounded the flavor. Strain the limoncello through a strainer lined with cheesecloth. Store the limoncello in your freezer.

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Limoncello Moscato

– 2 oz Limoncello
– 6 oz Moscato, chilled

Directions

Pour the moscato into a martini glass. Pour the limoncello on top.

la-dona-margarita

La Doña Margarita

Ingredients

– 3 oz tequila blanco
– 1 oz Cointreau
– 1.5 oz lime juice
– .5 oz honey syrup*
– 2-4 drops arbol chile tincture*

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake. Pour over ice in a margarita glass.

*Honey Syrup: Equal parts honey and hot water. Dissolve the honey into the hot water. Let cool.

*Arbol Chile Tincture

– 20 arbol chiles
– 1 3/4 C everclear

Combine ingredients in a pint sized mason jar. Place lid on jar. Let sit two weeks, shaking vigorously for 5-10 seconds every day.

watermelon-agua-fresca

Watermelon Agua Fresca

Ingredients

– 12 C seedless watermelon, cubed
– 2 C water
– 2 limes, juiced
– 2 lime, sliced
– 4 sprigs fresh mint
– 1 C simple syrup (equal parts hot water and sugar. stir to dissolve sugar.)
– White Rum (optional)

Directions

Working in batches, combine the watermelon and water in the blender and puree until smooth. If your prefer a thicker consistency, pour the puree straight into a pitcher. For a smoother consistency, strain through a fine mesh strainer before placing in the pitcher. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Refrigerate for a few hours before serving. Add an ounce or two of white rum to individual glasses and stir to combine, if desired.

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