Low Alcohol Cocktails Are Trending, Here Are 3 Recipes for Your Next Party
Sweet sweet summertime: the sun is out, the grill is fired up, the drinks are flowing. Whether you're hosting a BBQ with friends, an al fresco dinner party or weekend aperitivo, you need cocktails that are refreshing, thoughtful and, most importantly, lower in alcohol so you can knock a few back without getting knocked out. We recently called on Drew Lazor, author of Session Cocktails: Low-Alcohol Drinks for Any Occasion, to get his favorite low ABV recipes to enjoy with friends on those cherished long summer days.
Reprinted with permission from Session Cocktails: Low-Alcohol Drinks for Any Occasion by Drew Lazor and the Editors of PUNCH, copyright © 2018. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House.
Glass: Collins | Garnish: Grapefruit Twist | Ingredients: 1 ounce Suze, 1 ounce blanc vermouth (preferably Dolin blanc), 1 ounce lime juice, ¾ ounce simple syrup, Soda water
Combine the Suze, vermouth, lime juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add a small piece of ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a collins glass over a spear of ice. Top with soda water, then garnish with the grapefruit twist.
Glass: Collins | Garnish: Cucumber ribbon, lime wheel | Ingredients: 3 ounces sauvignon blanc, 2 ounces fresh watermelon juice, ½ ounce elderflower liqueur (preferably St-Germain), 1 teaspoon agave syrup (recipe follows).
TO MAKE THE AGAVE SYRUP: Put ½ cup agave nectar and ¼ cup hot water in a heatproof container and stir to combine. Let cool completely before storing in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
Pour all the ingredients into a collins glass filled with ice, then garnish with the cucumber ribbon and lime wheel.
Glass: Rocks | Garnish: Lime wedge, small basil sprig | Ingredients: 3 basil leaves, 2 lime wedges, 2 ounces blanc vermouth (preferably Martini bianco)
Combine the basil leaves and lime wedges in a rocks glass and use a muddler to lightly crush them together. Add the vermouth, top up with crushed ice, and swizzle to mix. Garnish with the lime wedge and basil sprig.
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