Alas, the dog days of summer are coming to a close, and Labor Day Weekend is upon us. Enjoy this last glorious weekend with help from your friends at SVEDKA Vodka, Kim Crawford Wines and Ruffino Wines. Whether you’re hosting that final BBQ or bringing the gang together for a night of entertaining, these cocktails are sure to keep the party cool!
SVEDKA’s Berry Summer Sipper
1¾ parts SVEDKA Vodka
¾ part lemonade
½ part triple sec
1 part cranberry juice
Juice of 6 whole limes
12 cups ice
Whole blueberries & sliced strawberries
Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl. Add 5-6 cups of ice, stir, and garnish with blueberries and sliced strawberries. As the party continues add more ice and fruit as needed. Yields 25-30 servings.
SVEDKA’s Summer Curtain Call
1½ parts SVEDKA Cucumber Lime
¾ part simple syrup
¾ part fresh lime juice
1 strawberry (top removed)
Muddle strawberry in a cocktail shaker, add remaining ingredients, and fill with ice. Shake well and fine strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice. Garnish with strawberries and a cucumber slice.
KIM CRAWFORD Wine’s Summer Sunset
750 ml of grapefruit juice
750 ml (1 bottle) Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
Pour juice and wine into a shallow plastic container, cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer.
Using a fork, stir the mixture every 30 minutes, breaking up the ice until granita is frozen (about 3 hours).
Scoop into chilled coupe glasses.
Garnish with edible flowers and serve with a dessert spoon.
KIM CRAWFORD Wine’s Labor of Love
1 seedless cucumber, thinly sliced
1 lime thinly sliced
Fresh mint leaves
1/4 cup of lime juice
1/4 cup of honey
1 bottle of Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
1 liter bottle carbonated water, chilled
In a large pitcher, combine cucumber, lime slices and 12 mint leaves in a large pitcher. In a small bowl, stir together lime juice and honey until combined. Pour over cucumber mixer, add wine, stirring gently. Cover and chill for at least two hours. (Recipe makes a batch. For single serving, use parts;1 oz = 1 part).
KIM CRAWFORD Wine’s Summer Smash
2 parts Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
3-4 pieces lemon wedge
Pinch of mint
.75 parts simple syrup
Muddle Mint, lemon and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a mint sprig.
Ruffino Wines’s La Vita Ruffino
1 ½ part fresh grapefruit juice
1 part Campari
¾ part honey syrup (2:1 honey to water)
Garnish: Grapefruit slice
Build cocktail in a high ball glass with ice. Garnish with a grapefruit slice