Drinks to enjoy outdoors during the summer
Fresh carrot juice and ginger lend vibrant color and warm flavor to this innovative orange- flavored vodka martini recipe. Drink to your wellness with a touch of ginger for the perfect martini.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Ginger Simple Syrup
1 tablespoon McCormick Ginger, Ground
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 ounce carrot juice
1 ounce vodka
1/2 ounce Ginger Simple Syrup
1/2 ounce orange-flavored liqueur, such as Triple Sec
For the Ginger Simple Syrup, place ginger in center of a piece of cheesecloth. Tie tightly with long piece of string. Place ginger sachet, water and sugar in small saucepan on medium heat. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 3 minutes, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat. Cool slightly. Refrigerate overnight to blend flavor. Remove sachet. Store spiced syrup, covered, in the refrigerator. (Makes 8 ounces)
For the Carrot Ginger-tini, fill cocktail shaker two-thirds full with ice. Add carrot juice, vodka, Ginger Simple Syrup and orange-flavored liqueur; shake until well mixed and chilled. Strain into martini glass. Garnish with shaved carrot, if desired. Serve immediately.
Black Pepper Berry Shrub Cocktail
Cool it. With a refreshing shrub cocktail. (A what?) A shrub: Fruit-and-vinegar syrups added to boozy-based drinks or soda. The taste is complex but the prep is easy. Get pouring.
Prep time: 5 minutes
6 pickled berries, from DIY Black Pepper Berry Vinegar
2 teaspoons DIY Black Pepper Berry Vinegar,
1 teaspoon sugar
11/2 ounces vodka
1/2 cup seltzer water
Muddle the pickled berries, Black Pepper Berry Vinegar and sugar in beverage glass with a muddler or wooden spoon to crush the berries. Add vodka and seltzer water; stir gently.