Summer Cocktails

July 25, 2018

The Best Summer Cocktails

We at Ivan Estrada Properties like to work hard and play hard.  With the summer heatwave, we decided we would share each of our favorite summer cocktails!  Get your mixers ready!


Ivan Estrada

Blackberry Thyme Margarita

“I love a summery twist on the classic margarita”

Ingredients:

BLACKBERRY SIMPLE SYRUP:

6 oz. fresh blackberries

1 cup water

3/4 cup sugar

BLACKBERRY JUICE:

6 oz. fresh blackberries

4 sprigs of fresh thyme, leaves removed

1 cup water

THYME BLACKBERRY MARGARITA RECIPE

1 cup grand marnier

1 cup blackberry simple syrup

2 cups of tequila

1 1/2 cups of fresh lime juice

1 1/2 cups of blackberry juice

extra fresh thyme leaves for garnish on top

Directions:

  1. For the Blackberry Simple Syrup: add 6 oz. of fresh blackberries, water, and sugar to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Using a fork or wooden spoon, smash the blackberries. Let simmer for 2-3 more minutes. Strain the mixture so as to remove the blackberry seeds. Place blackberry simple syrup in the refrigerator to cool.
  2. For the Blackberry Juice: add 6 oz. of fresh blackberries and fresh thyme leaves to a food processor. Blend until pureed. Add water to the mixture. Blend more until combined. Pour mixture through a mesh strainer and press juice through. Set aside.
  3. To a pitcher add, Grand Marnier, 1 cup blackberry simple syrup, tequila, fresh lime juice, 1 1/2 cups of blackberry juice. Stir.

Pour mixture over ice and garnish with fresh thyme leaves (stronger encouraged to enhance the thyme flavor)


Nick Ialacci

Jalapeño Paloma

“I love this drink because its spicy, smoky and just a little bit salty”

Ingredients:

2 oz jalapeño simple syrup recipe follows

1 oz lime juice

4 oz mezcal

4 oz grapefruit juice

4 oz club soda

Kosher salt

Grapefruit wedge and jalapeño slices for garnish

Ice/cocktail shaker

Jalapeño Simple Syrup

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 water

2 jalapeños coarsely chopped

Directions:

Jalapeño Simple Syrup: Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature, about 15 mins. Strain and reserve.

Paloma: Pour some salt onto a plate, then rub the edges of two tumblers with a grapefruit slice and dip into salt. Fill the glasses with ice.

Combine all the ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously and pour into two glasses. Garnish with grapefruit and jalapeño slices.


Erica DeBear

Summer Mary

“A summer makeover of the Bloody Mary is my go-to!”

Ingredients:

2 oz Vodka

Cherry tomatoes

Fresh basil

Seltzer

Ice

Fresh Pepper

Directions:

Pour vodka a third of the way up an ice-filled highball glass. Squeeze a few cherry tomatoes over the ice, then drop them in. Top with seltzer, and tuck in some fresh basil sprigs (and grind in fresh pepper, if you want Mary to be a little spicy!).


Dan Chory

Cucumber Mojito

“My favorite drink to have while lounging by the pool”

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. Rum

.75 oz. lime juice

.75 oz. simple syrup

fresh mint leaves

fresh cucumbers

club soda

 

Directions:

In a highball glass, lightly press on mint leaves with muddler. Add rest of the ingredients except club soda. Add ice and transfer into a shaker and shake. Add club soda and pour back in highball glass. Garnish with mint leaves.

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