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
- In a tall collins glass, muddle the berries and mint with lime juice and simple syrup.
- Add rum, top with crushed ice, and splash with soda water. Stir.
- 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)
- Muddle the strawberries in a shaker.
- Add bourbon, lemon juice, orange juice, simple syrup, and ice to shaker.
- Shake, and then strain over a rocks glass with fresh ice in it.
- Garnish with a strawberry. Yum!
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
♥2 sprigs of rosemary
♥2 blackberries for garnish
- 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.
- Shake, and then strain into a tall collins glass with fresh ice.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Mix wine, apple, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries, and brandy into a pitcher. Chill for at least an hour.
- Pour in lemon lime soda and enjoy!
1 ½ ounces of gin
¾ ounce of simple syrup
½ ounce of lemon juice
♥4 cherries, pitted
♥One cherry for garnish
One lemon wedge for garnish
- In a collins glass, muddle the blueberries and cherries in the lemon juice and simple syrup.
- Add gin and ice, and stir briefly.
- Top with club soda, and then garnish with lemon and cherry.