fun drinks

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.

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!

Frosé

Frosé All Day!

If you know me well enough, you would know that the only thing I drink is rosé. 365 days a year I am sipping on rosé. So this summer I decided to spice things up and turn my favorite drink into my new favorite slurpee! Shake things up this summer and make your life a little pinker! Cheers from Brooklyn!!

Serves: 4-6 people

INGREDIENTS
Simple Syrup:

  • 1 Qt strawberries (halved), or watermelon (cubed)

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 cup water

FROSé:

  • 1btl rosé

  • 1 lemon, squeezed

  • 1/3 cup simple syrup

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a freezer safe container, pour the bottle of wine - and freeze for 6-24 hours.

  2. In a blender combine frozen rosé, lemon juice, simple syrup, and 1-2 cups of ice.

  3. Purée until smooth!

  4. Serve right away, or keep in freezer until ready to serve! Can be made a week in advance!

  5. Slurp Up!!