Kim Haasarud shows us some new tropical drink options we can make right at home with some of the world's most exotic fruits!
Drink 1: Guava Basil Cooler
1 ½ ounces reposado tequila
1 ½ ounces guava nectar
1 ½ ounces ruby red grapefruit juice
½ ounce St. Germain Elderflower liquer
½ ounce fresh lime juice
½ ounce simple syrup
1 basil leaf, plus 1 leaf for garnish
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Pour contents into a tall Collins glass. Top with additional ice and garnish with basil leaf.
Drink 2: Dragon's Breath
2 ripe strawberries hulled and cut in half; leave one half for garnish
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 ounce simple syrup
2 ounces SKYY Dragon Fruit
1/8 teaspoon Sambal (a spicy chili paste)
In a mixing glass, muddle the strawberries with the lemon juice and simple syrup. Add the SKYY Dragon Fruit and Sambal. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Double-strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a half-strawberry.
Drink 3: Homemade Ginger Beer
1 part ginger juice, freshly extracted (or you can use store-bought ginger juice)
2 parts lemon juice
3 parts simple syrup (sugar water)
(Mix. Bottle and refrigerate.)
Mix this Ginger Syrup with club soda for your very own ginger beer! Feel free to add your own spices like ground cardamom or bitters if desired.
Tropical twist on a classic cocktail, the Madras (normally vodka, orange juice and cranberry juice is VERY easy and simple to make - only 3 ingredients.
1 bottle of Cruzan Mango Rum
3 liters of Clementine Juice
2 cups of cranberry juice (or half a bottle)
Garnish: Floating orange wheels
If available, feel free to chop up some fresh mango too
Simply pour into glasses and garnish with additional orange wheel.
Lime in da Coconut
Akin to a Coconut Limeade, but it also has coconut water which has lots of potassium. This drink looks great in an Infusion jar!
1 bottle of Cruzan Coconut rum
3 bottles of Simply Limeade
1 liter of coconut water
Combine the ingredients in a large container with lime wheels. Pour into iced glasses and garnish with a lime wheel.
TIP: While I am all about hand-squeezing fresh juices, these are some quick tips to get the most freshness out of a drink for a large group without having to dig too deep in your pocketbook.
Simply Limeade - fresh lime juice, sugar, water. It's just a like a sour mix, but even better than the sour mixes you find at most bars. They also make a Simply Lemonade and Simply Orange Juice which are great cocktail mixes.
Clementine Juice - recently hit the market. I love fresh Clementine juice, but to squeeze them - it would take about 5 of those to make one drink. Best to buy this in the liter size and cheaper.