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When I had the opportunity to work with Absolut Vodka, I thought — absolutely! They sent over photos and recipes for 8 gorgeous specialty drinks (with links to those recipes) for me to showcase here. After reading their descriptions, I realized I needed to step up my cocktail game. So today, not only do you get the secrets to their festive libations, I’m also including the recipe for my Absolut Melon Baller – a light and quenching alternative to the standard brunch-time Mimosa or Bloody!
Looking for the perfect cocktails for your summer soiree, wedding cocktail hour, or backyard gathering? These cocktails were selected to be conversation starters for your guests as they mingle. Create your unique spin by adding a different garnish, decorated glass or slight ingredient change as you name the sips to fit your setting. Check out the tips for easy serving, too!
Cosmopolitan or Pink Pearl
This rosy-hued citrus cocktail, usually served in a martini glass, is said to have originated in San Francisco in 1980. Make its non-alcoholic match, the pink pearl for all your guests to enjoy. If you want to prepare this drink before a party, combine all the ingredients together in a pitcher. When you are ready to serve, add in ice, stir, and strain into your glasses. Garnish with orange zest, slices, or your favorite citrus fruit. See the Cosmopolitan recipe.
Looking to avoid pink decor and drinks at your party? No worries! Serve up the White Cosmo using white cranberry juice instead of red. See the White Cosmopolitan recipe.
A tall Tequila Sunrise is sure to refresh your guests. Mix your tequila and orange juice ahead of time so all the bartending crew has to do is pour over ice and float some grenadine on top for the iconic look. Garnish with a skewer of fresh summer berries or a sprig of fresh herbs for a truly seasonal look. See the Tequila Sunrise recipe.
A Watermelon Martini couldn?t be easier and taste more like summer. Muddle your melons an hour before your guests arrive and store in the fridge. When you?re ready to say, ?Cheers!? add vodka, simple syrup, and ice. Stir, strain, and sip! Garnish with fresh mint, a slice of lime, or a mini melon triangle. See the Watermelon Martini recipe.
A drink that doubles as an adult dessert is right up our alley. Make this after dinner cocktail the morning of your event. Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher or container and store in the fridge. Before serving this creamy brandy egg ?tail, shake with ice and strain into glasses. Grate some dark chocolate on the top of the cocktail for a suave appearance. See the recipe for a St. Germain.
Spiked with a sweet aperitif, one sip of this Wedding Bells drink will have all your guests saying ?Cheers!? to the happy couple. Make a large batch in preparation for the party. When you are ready to serve the drink, shake with ice, strain and sip away. See the Wedding Bells recipe.
A gin, cognac, and sweet vermouth cocktail with a dash of bitters is sure to get the party started. Measure out a pitcher of the drink before your party, stir with ice before serving and pour into chilled cocktail glasses. See the recipe for a Tin Wedding.
Faux Kir Royale
A sparkling drink, no alcohol needed, is made simply elegant with a muddled black currant. Muddle your currant berries and simple syrup before the gathering and strain into flutes and top with sparkling grape juice before serving. See the Faux Kir Royale recipe.
Who Needs a Mimosa, when you can have a Melon Baller!
- 3 cups cantaloupe cut into chunks
- 1/2 cup cantaloupe juice
- 1/2 ounce Triple Sec
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 1.5 ounces Absolut Vodka
- 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary leaves
- cantaloupe fresh, either cut into squares or scooped into rounds using a melon baller
- rosemary sprigs
Add the chunks of cantaloupe to a blender and pulse until the fruit is completely pureed. Pour the cantaloupe puree through a fine mesh sieve, pressing on the solids. It should yield about 2 cups of fresh juice - enough for 4 cocktails. Discard solids.
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the rosemary until it's bruised and fragrant. Add the cantaloupe juice, triple sec, simple syrup and vodka. Add ice, secure the top of the shaker and shake vigorously. Pour into a glass (removing the bruised rosemary leaves if desired). Garnish with a fresh sprig of rosemary and cantaloupe. Serve.
I actually speared the melon ball with the rosemary -- I stripped off the leaves from the bottom 2/3 of the sprig and used it as a skewer for the fruit.