Summer Entertaining Cocktails: Mint Julep and Grapefruit Sage Refresher

Sonoma Belle (Mocktail / Cocktail)

Serves 4-6    

INGREDIENTS

 The "Mint Julep" variety of mint is the best to use.

The "Mint Julep" variety of mint is the best to use.

2 cups + 1 Tbsp Ginger Beer
1 C Lemon Juice
1/4 C Sugar
3 Tbsp of Liber Pinot Noir vinegar (or other very light and fruity vinegar)
crushed ice
10 Mint Springs
8-12 oz Bourbon (Optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

Rinse mint leaves and remove any thick stems. Set aside. Put ginger ale in refrigerator to chill.

Add mint leaves to your cocktail shaker with a small amount of the Ginger Beer and muddle. In a large pitcher mix lemon juice, sugar, ginger beer, vinegar, and muddled mint.  Pour mixture into a Collins glass full of ice and top with a double-shot of Bourbon and a garnish of mint. Serve!

This works great as an alcohol-free mocktail or for  a mixed group of drinkers & non-drinkers. To make as a mocktail, simply skip the bourbon and the drink stands alone. 


Zesty Sage Refresher

Serves 2

 Image courtesy of  Vega

Image courtesy of Vega

INGREDIENTS

1 cup ice
2-4 sage leaves
1 cup grapefruit juice
1 tbsp of Liber Zinfandel vinegar (or other very light and fruity vinegar)
2 oz gin (Optional)
 

INSTRUCTIONS

In a cocktail shaker muddle sage leaves and then add ice, vinegar, gin (optional), and grapefruit juice. Shake well. Pour into highball glass, and garnish with a sage leaf. Enjoy!