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May 24, 2011 / erostositko

Summer Drink Recipes

This is a wooden muddler.

This weekend is the “unofficial” start of summer, so it has me thinking about my favorite summer drink recipes. First of all, if you don’t already have one, buy a muddler. What’s a muddler, you ask? A muddler is a bartender’s tool used to mash — or muddle — fruits, herbs, and/or spices in the bottom of a glass to release their flavor, and you can get one for $5 and up at a kitchen store. 

For the first two drinks, you can skip the booze and still have a refreshing alcohol-free drink by adding a splash more of club soda. I often wondered about the difference between club soda and seltzer water. Essentially, they are the same thing, but sometimes club soda contains sodium, so look for a sodium-free version. Hopefully, after this weekend, I will have some drink photos to post!
Berry Mint Lemonade

-¼ cup fresh berries (raspberries, blackberries and/or strawberries)

-Handful fresh mint

-3 oz. vodka

-6 oz. sparkling lemonade (or club soda and lemonade mix)

In a tall glass, muddle the berries and mint leaves. Add ice, then vodka and lemonade. Stir with a long spoon and garnish with a mint leaf and lemon slice.


Cucumber Crush

-5 thin slices of cucumber

-2 thin slices of lime

-3 oz. gin

-6 oz. club soda or seltzer

-Squeeze of fresh lime juice

In a tall glass, muddle the cucumber and lime slices. Add ice, then gin, club soda, and lime juice. Stir with a long spoon and garnish with a lime slice.



-1 can (12 oz.) frozen limeaid

-1 cup (8 oz.) tequila

-2 bottles of Corona beer

In a large pitcher, mix all ingredients and serve over ice. Salt-rimmed glasses optional. 



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  1. Mary / May 25 2011 12:01 pm

    The berry mint lemonade sounds good to me. I’ll have to try it.

  2. maribeth / Jun 14 2011 5:36 am

    Hello, It is certainly hard to beat a Gin and Tonic with plenty of limes….I grow plenty of mint for Fresh Mojitos and I use a wooden spoon end so I see that I need a new tool. Can’t wait for the new drinks. mb.

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