Posts Tagged ‘Summer Cocktails’

Cocktail Hour: Gin & Tonic


G & T ingredients

In my opinion, no Beach Week would be complete with out a recipe for the perfect Gin & Tonic. Sweet, citrusy and a little bit woodsy from the spices in the gin, a cold G & T says summertime like no other cocktail  I know. My father-in-law happens to make the best G & T’s around and I took pictures of his super secret process.

You’re welcome.


G & T supplies

First cut a lime into 1/4 inch rounds. Fill a glass with ice. Only use the best ingredients. Juicy limes, Bombay Sapphire Gin and Schweppes tonic water (Richard likes the mini bottles of tonic best.)


Gin pour


Pour the glass 1/3 full of Bombay Saphire gin. The golden ration is 1/3 Gin to 2/3 Tonic.


Tonic Water Pour

Now add the tonic water, fill up the rest of the glass.


LIme Cut

Cut each lime round in half and squeeze one lime half into the drink.


Lime Squeeze

Yep, lime squeeze close up. I actually like mine with one more lime half squeezed in but it’s a matter of taste.


Stir with the knife

Now here is the super secret part that makes these G & T’s so great. Stir the lime into the drink with the knife used to cut the limes. Brilliant.


RTH with G & T

Done. Now take yours out to the porch and enjoy.

Thanks Richie!



Fresh Watermelon Margaritas


Hi friends, we redeveloped our most requested summer drink for The Daily Meal!

Watermelon Margaritas

Our antidote to the post-holiday blues, a margarita that’s just different enough to make any long Thursday feel like the start of a four-day weekend.  We’ve been making these for four years and we still can’t think of a better way to sample summer melons.  When they are perfectly in season, you don’t need the agave, your juice will be sweet enough as is.  Now, where’s the pool?


Watermelon Margaritas with a squeeze of lime

Fresh Watermelon Margaritas
make 1 big pitcher

8 cups fresh chopped organic watermelon, about 1 small seedless
1-1/2 cups premium white tequila
Juice of 5 organic limes, about 2/3 cup
½ cup Triple Sec or Cointreau
2 tablespoons organic agave syrup, to taste

Kosher salt for the rims

Lime wedges and watermelon triangles for garnish

Purée the watermelon cubes in a blender or food processor until smooth. Strain into a pitcher and then add the fresh lime juice, tequila, triple sec and a pinch of salt. Test for sweetness, adding agave syrup if the watermelon juice is not sweet enough. Chill for at least one hour before serving. Mixture will separate so mix well before serving over ice in glasses with salted rims.


Watermelon Margaritas