Saturday Sip: The West Coast

It’s 80 degrees, low humidity, and not a cloud in the sky. Your friends are coming over to lounge by the pool and expect to be quenched. Instead of opting for bottled varieties, why not make your own tipper? They’re much more satisfying than a sugared down bottle of soda and way more classy than wine coolers or god forbid, Beer!

I like to experiment with my food. Complimenting tastes and textures is a hobby of mine when I’m in the kitchen.

The rules stay the same when I’m mixing up a cocktail or baking
for an occasion. It has to taste great, and look pretty! (Also requirements for the future husband)

This spin on the cape cod, a traditional summer drink with cranberry juice, vodka, and citrus is one that I know you will love, and a drink you’ll be making all summer long!

I named it ‘The West Coast.’ It’s lime juice, pomegranate juice, and an infused cucumber syrup with the best quality gin make this drink memorable and festive. Perfect for graduation parties (college graduations,) birthday parties, 4th of July, and any other reason to drink! πŸ˜‰

You will need a large pitcher. I like the skinny tall varieties with a stir stick.

Cut up on cucumber into slices.

Bring one cup of sugar and one cup of water to a boil until sugar dissolves and mixture gets syrupy. This is your simple syrup. If you want a strong cucumber flavor add your cucumber in while it’s being boiled down. If you prefer a subtle cucumber flavor, add the cucumber as soon as it becomes syrupy and you turn off the heat. Once the mixture has completely cooled remove the cucumber by straining your simple syrup into a Pyrex pour pitcher. You should has close to a cup of syrup.

In your large pitcher, add 1 1/4cups of Hendrick’s Gin. Do not use that bottom shelf shit!! Splurge on the best of the best for this concoction. To that add 1 1/2 cups of POM Pomegranate Juice, your cooled syrup, and the juice of 4-5 limes. Stir it up and chill it until the guests arrive!

You can serve this in iced Weck Jars, in highball glasses, or in Tom Collins glasses. If your albeit on the trashy side, plastic chinet will do the trick. These drinks are strong enough that nearly everyone will enjoy your poolside or summer party entertaining! Garnish with fresh mint, and place them on a napkin lined tray. Seersucker napkins would be perfect to serve these with as well!

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