Have you ever wondered what the best cocktails are for entertaining your friends? Earth Gear has – and we thought we would bring the best cocktail recipes to you.
But first we need to understand where these wonderful drinks come from. The word “Cocktail” is symbolic of relaxing and enjoying time with friends. The combination of two or more spirits with an associated non-alcohol liquid form a refreshing drink. They can knock you off your stool in the right quantities, however for most people who drink in moderation, they are simply a delicious way to kick back after a long week.
There doesn’t seem to be any historic time records to identify when the first cocktail was invented, however in 1862 a professor by the name of Jerry Thomas wrote “The Bon Vivant’s Companion” otherwise known as How to Mix Drink. It is the first book to provide information on recipes for punches, sours, slings, cobblers, shrubs, toddies, flips, and a variety of other mixed drinks. The Cocktail differs from what is known as the Highball as it is distinguished as a drink which contains only one spirit and a carbonated soda.
Today the world of Cocktails is vast. Mixologists around the world are constantly inventing new cocktail creations from a wide variety of spirits and juices. So much so that the International Bartenders Association is hosting the World Cocktail Championship in Copenhagen this October. These competitions in the past have been the public launch of many of our favorite cocktails such as the B52, the Barracuda, and the Lemon Drop Martini.
Mixologists today have taken the creation of cocktails to another level giving birth to a new version of Mixology known as Molecular Mixology. This involves the use of tools more commonly used in Molecular Biology to assist them in taking the cocktail to a higher level. One such piece of equipment is the Vacuum Sealer, a device for combining and infusing ingredients in a vacuum and thus preserving their flavors and enhancing the finished product. It is commonly used in the making of the “Smoked Old Fashioned” cocktail which includes flavorings from non-edible substances, such as tobacco and leather. However, this might not be the type of cocktail you would serve to your friends while sitting around the pool or before serving dinner. Earth Gear has found 20 of the most refreshingly delicious cocktails from the top food & beverage blogs for enjoying the summer months with friends and family. Please follow the links provided to view the complete recipe as well as others that these incredibly talented bloggers have curated.
Tropical Strawberry Hibiscus Rum Smash The bottom layer of this stunning cocktail is a combination of mint, lime, mango juice, coconut water, and rum. The top red layer is hibiscus tea. All of these flavors work well together to make the most tropical creation. View the complete recipe: Half Baked Harvest
Tarragon Gin & Tonic These spring green tarragon gin and tonics have soft notes of tarragon melding with herbaceous gin and are sharpened by quinine and celery bitters. This classic gin and tonic is bitter, sweet, aromatic and tangy. View the complete recipe: The Bojon Gourmet
Verdant Lady Cocktail A strong yet refreshing cocktail shaken with gin, green Chartreuse, and lime and served up. View the complete recipe: The Bojon Gourmet
Strawberry Thyme Sparkler The perfect cocktail for the warm days of summer. This drink marries the sweetness of summer fruits with the earthiness of fresh, fragrant herbs. View the complete recipe: Glitter Guide
Sparkling Citrus, Lime, Lillet & Prosecco Punch Fresh citrus juice, Lillet Rosé and prosecco make a pretty punch with notes of floral, sweet, and bitter to please all palates. This drink gets sweetness from Lillet, blood orange, and tangerine, tartness from grapefruit and lemon. View the complete recipe: The Bojon Gourmet
Grapefruit & Mint Mojito This grapefruit & mint mojito cocktail is light and refreshing and the perfect way to celebrate the weekend. View the complete recipe: Made from Scratch
Hibiscus Ginger Palomas These Palomas are floral and tart and gets a kick from fresh ginger and vibrant hibiscus. They go down great with warm tortilla chips and salsa. This paloma gets its pretty pink hue from dried hibiscus flowers and a floral kick from freshly grated ginger. View the complete recipe: The Bojon Gourmet
Rosemary, Pomegranate & Grilled Meyer Lemon Vodka Sparklers The lemons’ sweet juices caramelize from the heat of the grill, adding bitter-sweet depth. It pairs beautifully with fresh pomegranate juice, which also has flowery/sweet/tart/bitter tastes. Rosemary simple syrup adds a bit of piney depth, and the drink is punctuated by clean flavor of vodka and a bit of fizzy water. View the complete recipe: The Bojon Gourmet
Rhubarb, Thyme, Grapefruit & Mint Mojito this grapefruit & mint mojito cocktail is so light and refreshing. It’s the perfect way to celebrate this Thirsty Thursday. Cheers to you and yours! View the complete recipe: Top With Cinnamon
Frida’s Mule Cocktail Frida’s Mule! A spin on the Moscow Mule. The main ingredient here is jalapeño infused mezcal, which has a delicious smoky taste with a touch of heat. That plus some lime juice and ginger beer make it the ultimate hot-summer-day cocktail. View the complete recipe: West Elm Blog
Basil Plum Pimm’s Cup The classic Pimm’s Cup cocktail gets a summery twist from fresh plums and basil. View the complete recipe: The Bojon Gourmet
Apricot Orange Blossom Syrup Looking to make a mocktail? This syrup is wonderful with sparkling water as a homemade soda. It’s even great over vanilla ice cream! View the complete recipe: This Mess is Ours
Summer Sangria Cool off this summer with a nice chilled glass of sangria full of ripe peaches and a batch of blueberries. Try out this easy recipe that is sweet, crisp, refreshing and perfect for enjoying those long summer days. View the complete recipe: evermineOCCASIONS
Strawberry Basil Lemonade This cocktail is a refreshing blend of homemade lemonade that gets fresh strawberries and basil pureed into the mixture. Add vodka or gin or enjoy it non-alcoholic. View the complete recipe: What’s Gaby Cooking
Spring Sangria This easy-to-make beverage is a perfect signature drink for an outdoor party. View the complete recipe: evermineOCCASIONS
Frozen Watermelon Rose Sangria Slushies This fun big batch cocktail is the perfect drink to make all summer long. It’s one of those drinks that everyone can love, plus it’s also the easiest thing to make. View the complete recipe: Half Baked Harvest
Strawberry Melon Elderflower Pimm’s Cup This cocktail has delicious layers of cucumbers, strawberries, melon balls, and lemon slices. View the complete recipe: Half Baked Harvest
Delicious Cherry Cocktail The main ingredient of this cocktail is cachaca. Cachaca is a Brazilian spirit distilled from sugarcane. It’s similar to rum in that both are distillates derived from sugar, but most rums are traditionally distilled from a sugarcane byproduct like molasses whereas cachaca is distilled directly from fermented sugarcane juice. View the complete recipe: The Glitter Guide
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