Summer is almost over, but there are a still a few more weeks to sneak in some summer cocktails before the weather gets colder. For the season, celebrity caterer Andrea Corral, the founder and CEO of Elegant Affairs, developed a few refreshing cocktails to help finish the season in style.
She’s been developing catered events for more than 20 years, and has served people like Billy Joel, Jimmy Fallon, and Liam Neeson — so she knows her stuff. Check out some of her summer cocktail recipes below, and whip up a few for your favorite local celebrities this weekend.
French Rosé Sangria
1 Bottle Lillette Rosé Wine
3 oz. Grand Marnier
5 oz. Club soda
2 oz. Fresh Raspberries
1 Spring Mint
Edible Flower Petals for Garnish
Directions:Pour each of the above into a tall bar glass or cocktail shaker. Shake with ice, pour into a cocktail or martini glass, and serve.
2 oz. Gin
½ oz. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
½ oz. Fresh Squeezed Grapefruit Juice
1 oz. Simple Syrup
3 oz. of Pellegrino Sparkling Water
Directions: Rim glass with grapefruit wedge and dip into salt and grapefruit zest mixture.
Add Gin, lemon juice, grapefruit juice and simple syrup to a martini shaker with ice, shake well, and strain into glass. Add Pellegrino sparkling water and stir. Garnish with grapefruit zest and mint leaves.
Citrus-Basil Spiked Sweet Tea
8 cups water
7 black tea bags
1 1/2 cups sugar
Juice from 2 lemons
Juice from 2 oranges
1 cup high proof golden rum
Lots of fresh basil leaves, left intact
Directions: Bring half of the water to boil and add your tea bags. Steep them for about 5 minutes, and remove. Add the sugar and stir the tea until it’s dissolved. Transfer the tea to a pitcher and stir in your lemon and orange juice and the rum. Add some fresh basil leaves and chill in the fridge until ready to serve. Serve in a tall glass over ice with fresh orange and lemon wedges with fresh basil leaves.
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 oz. raspberry vodka
1/2 teaspoon simple syrup
Directions: Pour the lemon juice, vodka, and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake well, strain into a champagne flute and top with champagne and garnish with a raspberry
Spicy Strawberry Moji-tea
4 oz. Tea & Honey Strawberry Acai Tea
1 oz Tanteo Jalapeno Tequila
Directions: Muddle mint and strawberries in the bottom of a shaker. Add the Lipton Tea & Honey Iced Tea, tequila and ice in a shaker. Shake and strain into a glass. Top with Prosecco and serve.