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Elderflower Spritz

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Ingredients
-.5 oz St. Germain Elderflower liqueur
-.5 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
-cava
Directions
For the Elderflower Spritz recipe I chose to use cava because it’s not quite as sweet as prosecco. Cava and champagne have a similar taste; however, cava is usually better priced and it never disappoints! I put my drink in a small wine glass but you can prepare this cocktail in a champagne flute or a casablanca champagne coupe. I used a standard 1.5 oz shot glass to measure out my lemon juice and St. Germain liqueur and poured them in the glass first. If you prefer a more floral flavor feel free to add 1 oz. of St. Germain. If you prefer more lemon then add 1 oz. of lemon juice. Top the drink off with cava and garnish with some lemon slices! Enjoy!

Grapefruit Moscow Mule

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Serves 2
Ingredients
-12 oz. ginger beer- 6 oz. per drink (goslings or fever tree)
-3 limes
-6 oz. Deep Eddy’s Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka
-optional: mint leaves or lavender sprig for garnish
Directions
There are two different ways I like to add lime to a moscow mule. 1) Begin by cutting the limes into wedges. Either squeeze the lime juice out with your fingers, or use a muddler to press the juice out. 2) Use a hand held lime squeezer to press the juice out. No. 2 is my favorite way just because it seems to really press the most juice out of the limes. If you prefer a less lime-y moscow mule then I’d go with method no. 1. After adding the lime juice in each copper mug pour ~3 oz. of Deep Eddy’s ruby red vodka. Fill each copper mug with ice all the way to the brim. Then top with ~6 oz. of ginger beer, or until it reaches the brim of the mug. Give each drink a quick stir and enjoy!

French 75

I am not much of a mixed drink kinda gal… but I discovered this drink a few years ago and it has been one of my go-to’s when out on the town. It’s light, tart, and refreshing- oh, and not too sweet! I can’t stand mixed drinks that are so sweet that you wake up with a headache the next day. What I love is that it’s pretty simple to recreate at home.

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Ingredients
-1 oz. gin or cognac
-1 oz. fresh lemon juice
-a pinch of sugar
-brut champagne

Directions
Begin by adding 1 oz of fresh squeezed lemon juice and gin or cognac. Then drop a pinch of sugar into the glass and top with champagne. If you want to be fancy then garnish it with a lemon twist. Prost!

Blackberry Mint Julep

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I won’t lie, the only reason I really wanted to make juleps was for the gorgeous julep cups. My boyfriend Dylan bought me these cups for graduation so naturally I made him be my guinea pig to try out this new cocktail- he also doubled as a good blog post model, as did Bonnie (his adorable golden)! After studying a few different recipes and trying out a couple I threw together my version of a mint julep. Needless to say, this isn’t your traditional julep because the flavors aren’t as intense due to the club soda, but that’s my what I prefer in a drink. I love my herbs- being the mint- and fruit forward flavors are always refreshing so that’s what I aimed for. The blackberries add an This recipe makes 1 blackberry mint julep!

Ingredients
-2 oz. bourbon or gin
-1 oz. mint simple syrup
-8 mint leaves
-5 blackberries
-3 oz. club soda
-1 spring of mint & 1 blackberry: garnish (optional)

Ingredients (mint simple syrup)
-1/4 cup sugar
-1/2 water
-6 springs of mint leaves

Directions
In a small saucepan combine sugar, water, and 8 mint sprigs and bring to a boil. As the mixture simmers turn the leaves in the sugar water with a rubber spatula to better infuse the flavors. Once all the sugar is dissolved remove from heat and set pan aside. Meanwhile add 5 blackberries and 8 mint leaves to a mint julep cup and muddle them well. Then add 2 ounces of bourbon or gin (whichever you prefer), and top with crushed ice. Lastly, add a splash of club soda and use a cocktail stirring spoon to bring all the flavors together. Relax and enjoy!

Mango Cayenne Margarita

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Ingredients
-1/4 cup silver tequila
-2 oz. triple sec
-1 juice of 1 lime
-1 and 1/3 cup mango juice
-1/4 tsp sugar
-1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

Ingredients (cayenne-sugar rim)
-1/8 cup sugar
-1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
-1 lime wedge

Directions
In a cocktails shaker, combine tequila, triple sec, lime juice, mango juice, sugar, cayenne pepper, and a handful of ice. Fill a saucer dish sugar and a little cayenne pepper and mix well. Take one wedge of lime and rub it around the rim of your cocktail glasses (do this to two glasses). Turn your glasses over and coat the rim with the sugar-cayenne mixture. Fill both glasses with ice and then pour the cayenne mango margarita into the glasses. Prost!