Part of growing up is evolving past the stage of slamming back cheap booze just to catch a buzz. As you mature into adulthood your tastebuds and expectations from a drink will elevate! I’ve really enjoyed playing around with different flavor combinations over the past few years of hosting my friends. Here are a few of my favorite recipes that are tried-and-true! They receive the seal of approval every single time!
I took this recipe from the Smirnoff website and tweaked it just a little bit to give it the perfect flavor. This recipe is for a whole pitcher, not one glass.
-1 Magnum bottle of any kind of Pinot Noir
-1 regular sized bottle of mixing vodka (not expensive stuff like Grey Goose or Kettle One)
-1/2 a bottle of pomegranate schnapps
-1/2 a bottle of orange juice
-1/2 bottle of Cran-Pomegranate Juice
-1/3 bottle of Sprite (doesn’t need to be sprite, just any kind of lemon lime soda)
-3-4 oranges sliced thinly
-1 container of cut up strawberries
-1 container of blueberries
*Mix everything but the Sprite together and let it chill overnight. Add the Sprite in when you serve it. This recipe is very easy to half or double. It’s all about how strong you want it to be so make sure the alcohol ratios are done properly
Found this on Pinterest and absolutely loved it! This recipe is for one glass, but the ratios can be altered to make a pitcher
-2 oz Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
-Splash of Malibu Pineapple Rum
-2 oz of pineapple juice
-Splash of Blue Curacao
** Mix all together and shake lightly. Add a lime slice for garnish and enjoy!
Champagne Pink Lemonade
This drink is perfection for a girl’s night in.
The perfect combination of sweet and bubbly to please all the girls!
-1 Bottle of Champagne (whatever your favorite is)
-1/2 cup of Vodka (to make it sweeter use raspberry or vanilla. To make it stronger, add 1 cup or more depending on how strong you want it)
-1 can of pink lemonade concentrate (found in the frozen section)
-3 cups of ginger ale (or club soda)
-3-4 containers of raspberries/strawberries
**Stir everything together. Best made day of a party or event (don’t let it sit overnight or it loses the carbonation from champagne and soda). Garnish with lemon or lime wedges and enjoy!
Strawberry Basil Bourbon Lemonade
This drink is what my best friend lovingly calls the classy kids drink. Its so yummy yet sophisticated!! Perfect for serving your loved ones.
-1 container of strawberries
-1 cup of your preferred bourbon (Makers Mark, Knob Creek, or Woodford Reserve are good choices)
-2 cups of sugar
-2.5 cups of ice cold water
-1/2 cup of lemon juice
-1 oz of bitters
-handful of basil leaves and basil sprigs
**Blend together strawberries and 1/4 cup of water to make a purée. Boil together the strawberry purée and 1 3/4 cups of water. Add the sugar until it’s completely dissolved and a simple syrup has formed. In the pitcher, combine the strawberry sugar mixture, bourbon, lemon juice, rest of the water and bitters, and stir. Add the basil and stir again. Serve with a basil leaf for garnish. When making this as just one drink, muddle together the strawberries, water, sugar, and some of the basil. Then add the bourbon, lemon juice, bitters, and stir together. Garnish with basil leaf.
This recipe is one of my favorites. It definitely takes a little more time but is well worth it in the long run!
-2 cups of fresh (or frozen) blueberries
-4 cups of Vodka (Tito’s, Kettle One, Grey Goose, etc… use good vodka)
**Wash fresh blueberries thoroughly, mash them in the container you’re using to keep the drink in. This allows the blueberry juices to soak in the vodka. Pour the vodka in the container, so that the blueberries are completely submerged. However many blueberries you use, double that for the vodka. So if there are 2 cups of blueberries, you would use 4 cups of vodka or if there were 3 cups of blueberries, you would use 6 cups of vodka. Shake it up, place it in a cool dark place, let it sit there. Check on it every few hours. If any blueberries are floating, throw them away. Minimum two weeks of infusion, but tastes the best at 3-4 weeks. Then strain out the blueberries (coffee filter or cheesecloth) and serve! Preserve in the freezer. Tastes like juice, feels like vodka
I hope you enjoy these drinks as much as I have! I know the blueberry vodka takes some time, but in the end its totally worth it and will be a crowd favorite! Plus it doesn’t go bad! My absolute favorite is definitely the pomegranate sangria, but all of these drinks are super easy to make! ENJOY!!