It's actually feeling like summer in San Francisco! I pulled some of my favorite cocktails for hot weather that would be fabulous passed as guests enter the reception site on a hot day. Most are Southern inspired but be careful, they taste nothing like the alcohol they contain and can be dangerous!
Lemon Spiked Sweet Tea (from Martha Stewart)
Looks great in a mason jar, cooling on a hot day.
Serves 8 to 10
- 7 cups sweet tea
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 1/3 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 cup Bacardi 151 or other high-proof golden rum
- Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish
Lemon Drops on the Rocks (from Martha Stewart)
Taken from the lemon drop shot, served over ice.
Makes 6 cups; serves 12
- 3 cups vodka
- 2 1/4 cups fresh lemon juice (from 10 to 12 lemons)
- 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons superfine sugar
- Ice, for serving
- Thin lemon slices, halved, for garnish
South Side Fizz (from nola.com)
The country club favorite.
Makes 1 serving
- 2 ounces gin
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
- ¾ ounce sugar syrup (or to taste)
- Pinch of fresh mint
- Club soda
- Mint sprig for garnish
Mint Julep (from cocktailatlas.com)
My all-time favorite drink, served in mansions and at horse races throughout the South.
- 1 part Knob Creek Bourbon
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons water
- Finely crushed ice
- Fresh mint, washed and patted dry