Add a fresh twist to cocktail hour. Use local ingredients fresh from your local Sullivan Catskills Farmers Market! These 6 simple cocktail recipes combine the best of the summer season – in a glass. Or, make it a mocktail! Just exclude the alcohol for a refreshing treat the entire family can enjoy.

Look for the ♥ symbol…it means you can find the ingredients at your farmers market!

Black and Blue Mojito

3 blackberries (plus a few extra for garnish)
10 blueberries (plus a few extra for garnish)
10 mint leaves
1 ounce of lime juice
1 ounce of simple syrup
2 ounces of rum
Splash of soda water
Mint sprig

  1. In a tall collins glass, muddle the berries and mint with lime juice and simple syrup.
  2. Add rum, top with crushed ice, and splash with soda water. Stir.
  3. Garnish with mint sprig and the extra berries.

Kentucky Rose (Catskills Style)

2 ounces bourbon
1 ounce of lemon juice
1 ounce of orange juice
½ ounce simple syrup
♥3 muddled strawberries (plus one extra cut in half for a garnish)

  1. Muddle the strawberries in a shaker.
  2. Add bourbon, lemon juice, orange juice, simple syrup, and ice to shaker.
  3. Shake, and then strain over a rocks glass with fresh ice in it.
  4. Garnish with a strawberry. Yum!

Blackberry Shrub

1.5 ounces of vodka
½ ounce of Creole Shrubb (or any orange liqueur)
½ ounce of homemade blackberry shrubb syrup*
¼ ounce of fresh lemon juice
Ginger beer
2 sprigs of rosemary
2 blackberries for garnish

  1. In a shaker with ice, add the leaves from one sprig of rosemary, and the rest of the ingredients except for the ginger beer and garnishes.
  2. Shake, and then strain into a tall collins glass with fresh ice.
  3. Top with the ginger beer, and then garnish with the rosemary and blackberries.

*Homemade Blackberry Shrubb 

This sweet yet slightly sour syrup is non-alcoholic. It can be used to top fresh fruit or cheeses, too!

In a saucepan, boil 2 cups of water, 1 cup of sugar and 1½ cups of blackberries until reduced to 2 cups. Strain out the berries. (Reserve whole berries and freeze them for garnish.) Put berry syrup back into pan. Add 1 cup of balsamic vinegar and simmer on medium-low for 20 minutes. Cool and store in a squeeze bottle.

Farm Fresh Bloody Mary

(makes a large pitcher, 12-14 drinks)

♥5 pounds of ripe/slightly overripe tomatoes
♥1 large shallot
♥4 large garlic cloves, finely diced
♥2 tablespoons of fresh horseradish root, peeled and finely grated
3 teaspoons of hot sauce
3 tablespoons of lemon juice
2 tablespoons of lime juice
3 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce
♥6 sprigs of fresh thyme, leaves stripped from the branch (plus 14 sprigs for garnish)
Salt and pepper
♥Celery
Vodka

  1. Put tomato and shallot into a food processor, and blitz until smooth. Once liquid, push the mixture through a medium mesh strainer into a large pitcher, and chill in fridge.
  2. When ready to drink, add garlic, horseradish, hot sauce, lemon juice, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, and thyme to pitcher. Mix thoroughly, and add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Pour a shot of vodka into drinking glasses with ice, and then pour mixture over top. Garnish with celery or a sprig of thyme!

Sweet Summer Sangria

(makes a large pitcher, 10-12 drinks)

1 bottle of mild red wine, chilled
1 apple, cubed
1 cup of strawberries, sliced
1 cup of blueberries
1 cup of raspberries
1 cup of blackberries
1 cup of cherries, pitted and sliced
¾ cup brandy
2 cups lemon lime soda

  1. Mix wine, apple, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries, and brandy into a pitcher. Chill for at least an hour.
  2. Pour in lemon lime soda and enjoy!

American Collins

1 ½ ounces of gin
¾ ounce of simple syrup
½ ounce of lemon juice
♥4 cherries, pitted
♥8 blueberries
Club soda
♥One cherry for garnish
One lemon wedge for garnish

  1. In a collins glass, muddle the blueberries and cherries in the lemon juice and simple syrup.
  2. Add gin and ice, and stir briefly.
  3. Top with club soda, and then garnish with lemon and cherry.

Recipe Sources

https://www.thespruce.com/american-collins-cocktail-760054
https://www.thespruce.com/fabulous-and-fresh-blueberry-cocktails-4121356
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/233301/easy-berry-sangria/
http://www.npr.org/2014/05/07/310112878/its-time-to-toast-farm-to-table-cocktails
http://www.farmstarliving.com/cocktaildetails.php?Id=7410