Refreshing Fruity Cocktails

Watermelon Paloma

Picture and Recipe Courtesy Watermelon Board

 Ingredients

  • 3 ounces silver tequila
  • 1/4 cup grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 cup cubed watermelon
  • 1 cup watermelon juice, frozen in ice cube tray (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • varied amount club soda
  • varied amount kosher salt
  • sprigs mint or basil for garnish
  • two wedges watermelon for garnish

 Instructions

  1. Pour a generous amount of salt on a small plate. Line the rims of two glasses with lime juice and gently dip the rims into the salt. Combine the silver tequila, grapefruit juice, watermelon, and agave in a cocktail shaker. Use a muddler to mash the watermelon with the rest of the ingredients. Add ice and shake vigorously for 10 seconds.
  2. Carefully add ice cubes of choice to the glass and, using a strainer, pour the tequila mixture over the ice. Top with club soda and garnish with mint or basil and a small watermelon wedge.

Southern Sangria

Recipe courtesy of the SC Peach Council

  • 4 (750 MILLILITER) BOTTLES RED WINE
  • 1 1/4 CUPS WHITE SUGAR OR MEASURED SUGAR SUBSTITUTE EQUIVALENT
  • 2 GRANNY SMITH APPLES – PEELED, CORED AND SLICED
  • 4 SLICED FRESH SOUTH CAROLINA PEACHES
  • 2 BANANAS, PEELED AND SLICED
  • 2 CINNAMON STICKS, CRUSHED
  • 3 LITERS LEMON-LIME FLAVORED (REGULAR OR DIET) CARBONATED BEVERAGE

In a large pitcher, combine red wine, sugar, apples, peaches, bananas and cinnamon sticks. Refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight. When you’re ready to serve, stir in the lemon-lime soda. Serves 48.

Sunny Beer Cocktail

I thought I had invented this one myself, but turns out, I also found it online. There it’s called a Shandy or Brass Monkey, but I creatively call it Sunny Beer Cocktail. It’s great if you love beer and are trying to cut down on beer calories.

4 oz. Trop50 Orange Juice (25 cals)

4 oz. Light Beer (about 30 cals)

Orange slices for garnish

Pour the OJ over ice, then top off with 4 oz of beer. You’ll love it!

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