I’ll admit it. The minute the calendar reads “March” and the temperature starts with a “7” my head is filled with thoughts of sandals, bright nail color and the need to throw an indoor / outdoor fete. The food is always fun to consider, but I like to start with the cocktails.
Here are a few I’m planning on trying out on my friends and family:
Courtesy of The Knot
2 parts Grey Goose vodka
1/2 part mango puree
1/2 part pineapple juice
Splash of sour mix
Mix ingredients in shaker. Shake well over ice and strain into a martini glass.
Via Martha Stewart LivingServes 8
2 cups sugar
12 sprigs fresh thyme, plus more for garnish
4 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice, about 24 lemons
2 cups vodka (I love Tito’s Handmade Vodka)
1. In a small saucepan, combine 2 cups water with the sugar and thyme; bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat; let cool to room temperature.
2. Pour mixture through a fine sieve into a large glass measuring cup; discard thyme. You should have 2 cups syrup. Cover with plastic; chill.
3. In a large serving pitcher, stir together lemon juice, vodka, and chilled syrup; garnish with thyme. Divide evenly among eight tumblers filled with ice; serve immediately.
Do you have a favorite warm-weather cocktail? Or, better yet, a SIGNATURE one?