Sparking Strawberry Lemonade 1 1/2 cups chopped strawberries 2 Tbsp. sugar 2 Tbsp. water 1 cup boiling water 1/2 cup sugar 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 4 cups cold sparkling water or club soda 2 packages strawberry Pop Rocks, optional
BLUE HAWAIIAN 2 ounces pineapple juice, 1 1⁄2 ounces vodka, 3⁄4 ounce blue Curaçao liqueur, 1⁄2 ounce fresh lime juice, 1⁄2 ounce simple syrup, Splash of half-and-half, Pineapple leaf and lime wheel. Combine in shaker with ice, shake, Strain into tall glass filled with crushed ice. (Or combine everything in a blender cup. Add 3⁄4 cup of crushed ice and flash blend for 5 seconds. Pour into cocktail glass.) Garnish with the pineapple leaf and lime wheel.
Champagne Limoncello Cocktails: 8 (3 x 1/2-inch) lemon rind strips; 8 tablespoons Limoncello; 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice;1 (750-milliliter) bottle brut Champagne, chilled. Roll up each strip of lemon rind; place 1 into each of 8 Champagne flutes. Add 1 tablespoon liqueur and 1/2 teaspoon juice to each glass. Divide Champagne evenly among glasses. Serve immediately.
Lemon Drop Martini 1 1/2 ounces vodka (use a good-quality vodka) 1/2 ounce orange liqueur (Triple Sec, Grand Marnier, Cointreau, etc.) 1 teaspoon superfine sugar or to taste* 3/4 ounce freshly-squeezed lemon juice Ice cubes Superfine sugar for dipping Twisted peel of lemon