Minty Watermelon Surfer

Minty Watermelon Surfer

Get on your surf board and let this watermelon splash you!

This is a fun, summery drink, made with one of my favorite summer fruits, watermelon! For this recipe, I use a watermelon into two different ways — juiced and cubed. I let the cubed watermelon be soaked up for a while so that when you pop in these spiked up watermelon cubes, they will give you an irresistibly refreshing burst.

It’s a simple, fun drink, perfect for the 4th of July and all summer long!

Total Time: 15 minutes
Makes: 1 large pitcher

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 watermelon

  • 1 bunch mint

  • 1 1/2 cup vodka

  • 3 limes, juiced

  • Sparkling water or club soda to top it off

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut the half of a whole watermelon. Scoop out the meat of the halved watermelon into a blender. Blend it until it’s juiced. Cube the other half of watermelon. Put it aside.

  2. In a large pitcher, muddle mint first. Add ice and pour vodka, watermelon juice, lime juice, and stir.

  3. Add chunks of cubed watermelon to the pitcher and mix it all together.

  4. Pour the drink into an iced glass, and finish it off with more fresh mint and a little bit of sparkling water. Finish with a bottle of sparkling water.

Rosewater Spritz

Rosewater Spritz

This is my take on a traditional vodka soda with my Middle Eastern flare (of course). I decided to turn up the volume by adding rosewater, which brings its signature floral notes to the drink. Juiced lemon makes the drink even more refreshing. It’s time to get your summer groove on with this rosewater spritz in your hand!

Total Time: 5 minutes
Makes: 1 large pitcher

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1.5 cup vodka

  • 2 tbsp rosewater

  • 3 lemons juiced

  • 1 liter sparkling water or club soda

  • Ice

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a large iced pitcher pour vodka, rosewater, lemon juice and mix

  2. Finish with a bottle of sparkling water.

  3. Serve on ice with a few slices of lemon, and of course a paper straw!

  4. Happy Spritz Season - now go sip away!

Blackberry Basil Soda

Blackberry Basil Soda

Here is a fun, spring drink for your next brunch or backyard party since it’s finally getting warm to sit outside. The basil brings the freshness and herbaceous flavors to the drink while blackberries give this drink such a cool, deep purple color.

If vodka is not your thing, you can replace with gin, or even tequila. Have fun with this drink! Play with different ingredients like lemon or lime to add a burst of zing. Basil is not your thing? Make thyme or rosemary simple syrup instead. Possibilities are limitless!

Total Time: 15 minutes
Makes: 1 pitcher

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 pints blackberries

  • 1 bunch of basil

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 cup vodka (or gin)

  • lime-flavored sparkling water

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Put blackberries in a blender with 2 cups of water until it becomes a juice consistency. Set that aside.

  2. Make basil simple syrup by boiling 1 cup of sugar, basil, and 1 cup of water in a pot until everything is dissolved for 5-7 minutes.

  3. Combine 2 cups of blackberry juice, 1/2 cup of basil simple syrup, vodka, and sparkling water in a pitcher. Mix it well. Garnish the drink with extra basil and blackberries.

Warming Moroccan Lemon Tea

Warming Moroccan Lemon Tea

While walking the streets of Beirut during my recent trip to Lebanon, I saw an old man, sipping on a Moroccan tea. I stopped by a little bodega and asked the guy how to make one. And I was pleasantly surprised to see how easy it was to make it. It was as simple as steeping fresh spearmint in hot water, so say no to buy prepackaged tea bags!

This tea is soothing for the soul, and a touch of lemon adds just a right amount of zing to the drink. Naturally decaffeinated, and absolutely tasty. It’s a perfect way to end your long day with a hot cup of tea.

Total Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4 - 6

INGREDIENTS

  • 1L water

  • 2 bunch of spearmint

  • 1 lemon, sliced

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Boil water.

  2. When ready, pour over mint in a tea pot. Let it steep for 8 minutes or longer, if desired for a darker, stronger flavor.

  3. Garnish with sugar cubes and lemon slices.

Cucumber Thyme Fizz

Cucumber Thyme Fizz

Cucumber juice has just started being on my radar. Not only is it refreshing, but it's bright in flavors when you add some lime juice in; the cucumber flavors really come through! This is a perfect drink for summer, or fall, in fact, any season!! Have some fun with it and use vodka or gin. Enjoy!

Photos by Lauren Zaser

Serves: 6-8 people

INGREDIENTS

Thyme Simple Syrup:

  • 1/4 bunch thyme, fresh

  • 2 cup sugar

  • 2 cup water

Cucumber Thyme Fizz:

  • 4 cucumbers, peeled

  • 1 cups thyme simple syrup

  • 1/2 cup lime juice, fresh squeezed

  • 1 cup vodka or gin

  • 1 bottle (25.3 oz.) sparkling water

INSTRUCTIONS

Thyme Simple Syrup:

  1. In a small pot combine sugar, water, and thyme.

  2. Cook until all the sugar has dissolved about 10 minutes.

  3. Let cool.

Cucumber Thyme Fizz:

  1. Slice cucumbers and blend for 2 minutes.

  2. Strain the cucumber juice.

  3. In a large pitcher or a serving bowl, combine strained cucumber juice, thyme simple syrup, fresh squeezed lime juice, alcohol, and sparkling water.

  4. Stir all the ingredients until well combined.

  5. Serve in a large glass over ice, and garnish with sliced cucumber or cucumber peels.

  6. Cheers!

Watermelon Splash

Watermelon Splash

Watermelon is my favorite fruit period. So why not blend it and add vodka to it and slurp it all summer long!! This is your refreshing way into summer happiness. Serve it in the watermelon bowl, or in pitcher this is what you need to be making for your next party! 

Happy Summer :)

Now go make a splash!

Total Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 1 Pitcher

Watermelon Splash:

  • 3 Cups Fresh Watermelon juice

  • 1 Cup Basil simple syrup

  • 1/2 Cup Lime Juice

  • 1 cup Vodka or Gin

Basil Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup of sugar

  • 1 cup of water

  • 1 cup of fresh basil

INSTRUCTIONS

Basil Simple Syrup:

  1. In a small pot, combine sugar, water, and basil.

  2. Cook until all the sugar has dissolved about 10 minutes.

  3. Place the syrup in a blender, and blend until green and smooth.

  4. Let cool.

Fresh Watermelon Juice:

  1. Slice a seedless watermelon in half.

  2. Scoop out flesh into a food processor, for 2-3 minutes.

    • you can discard the rind, or use it as a serving bowl.

  3. Strain juice,

Watermelon Splash:

  1. In a pitcher, add the watermelon juice, simple syrup, vodka, and lime juice, stir until well combined.

  2. Pour into watermelon bowl, or a glass - on ice.

  3. Garnish with edible flowers, or watermelon wedge.

Cheers!

Chocolate Negroni

Chocolate Negroni

A dark powerful drink to start your night off right! A Negroni is an aperitif that is normally served straight up in a rocks glass. I added some chocolate bitters, and shaved chocolate to garnish the drink and make it sweeter for your loved one this Valentine's Day! Doesn't matter if your going out or staying in this is the exact drink you need to start your night off correctly!

Photos by Jessica Marx

Total Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 2 drinks

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz Gin

  • 2 oz Campari

  • 2 oz Vermouth

  • 6 to 8 dashes Chocolate bitters

  • Shaved Chocolate, for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

1. In a large shaker start by adding the ice, then combining the gin, campari, vermouth, and chocolate bitters.
2. Stir until well combined, and chilled. 
3. Strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube. 
4. Garnish with chocolate shaving
5. Cheers!

Cranberry Lime Fizz

Cranberry Lime Fizz

Here's a festive drink to help you ring in the New Year! Wishing you a positive and cheerful year from my kitchen to yours! 

Photos by Jessica Marx

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingridients:

  • 1 cup fresh cranberry

  • 2 lime, wedged

  • 1 btl champagne or prosecco

INSTRUCTIONS

1.    Place a handful of cranberry, and 2 slices of lime in glass. 

2.   Pour champagne, and enjoy!

P.S. Time will macerate the cranberry and lime flavor into the champagne. You can infuse the drink in advance in a pitcher to let the cranberry soak the flavor.