With Memorial Day, the unofficial kick off to summer right around the corner, I have a book to share and giveaway if you’re dreaming of white sandy beaches, tiki bars and umbrella drinks:
*Beach Cocktails: Favorite Surfside Sips and Bar Snacks (Oxmoor House, May 2017) by the Editors of Coastal Living, is a full-color book packed with 125 thirst-quenching cocktails that will transport you to the world’s most tropical locales – with or without a plane ticket.
Over the last 20 years Coastal Living has provided readers with the best of seaside life, and now with Beach Cocktails they serve up delicious cocktail recipes alongside beautifully photographed coastal scenery to delight the casual reader, mixologist, or guest alike.
Complete with beautifully photographed scenic shots of the globe’s best beaches and coasts, this book is in an encyclopedia of tiki bar classics, high spirits, foamy and frothy sips and much more. As you flip through the book you’ll learn the origin stories and key ingredients of these famous libations as well as the 411 on stocking your bar with proper spirits, mixers, tools and glassware. And to make sure you can indulge in more than one of these elixirs, the final chapter serves up recipes for favorite bar snacks, like mango- lime salsa, ceviche verde, glazed honey-garlic chicken wings and more.
Help yourself to a margarita in celebration of Cinco De Mayo! Here’s a fun tip: Freeze margaritas in an ice-cream maker for extra slushiness!
Serves 6 to 8
3 cups (24 ounces) sugar
6 cups (48 ounces) water
1 cup (8 ounces) silver tequila
1 cup (8 ounces) orange liqueur (such as triple sec)
2 tablespoons lime zest
2 cups (16 ounces) fresh lime juice (about 16 limes)
Garnish: lime slices
Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan over medium-high. Cook, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, and cool completely; set aside. Combine the tequila, liqueur, lime zest, lime juice, and reserved simple syrup. Pour the mixture into a 4-quart container, and freeze 3 hours, stirring every 30 minutes to break up large ice crystals. Garnish, if desired.
The 143rd Kentucky Derby and Run for the Roses is Saturday, May 6th. The iconic Mint Julep’s combination of bourbon, sugar, and fresh mint makes for a sipper that’s as refreshing on a shoreline at sunset as it is at Churchill Downs—no horses required.
Fresh mint sprig
1 tablespoon (1⁄2 ounce) *Mint Simple Syrup
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) bourbon
Garnishes: powdered sugar, fresh mint sprig
Muddle the mint sprig and syrup in the bottom and against the sides of a chilled julep cup to extract the oils. Fill cup with crushed ice, and top off with bourbon. Garnish, if desired.
My favorite fiesta cocktail is a Cucumber Margarita, so I loved the Cucumber Mint Julep for a refreshing variation on the classic Mint Julep. I used a mandoline to make a thin ribbon of cucumber to skewer for a garnish.
Cucumber Mint Julep Variation : Muddle a thin ribbon of cucumber with mint sprig, and use equal parts Cucumber Simple Syrup and Mint Simple Syrup.
*For simple syrup: Mix 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water, bring to boil until sugar dissolves, allow to cool and chill until ready to use. For mint simple syrup, add 1 1/2 cups mint leaves to water sugar mixture. Let stand 30 minutes, strain and chill. For cucumber simple syrup; peel and coarsely chop an English cucumber. Combine cooled syrup and cucumber in food processor, process until blended. Steep 1 hour; strain. Store in refrigerator up to 5 days.
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For a chance to win a copy of Beach Cocktails, leave a comment and tell me your coastal cocktail or what beach destination floats your boat. ;)
This giveaway is open to those living in the continental US. A winner will be chosen May 12th.
Excerpted from Beach Cocktails by the Editors of Coastal Living. Copyright © 2017 Oxmoor House. Reprinted with permission from Time Inc. Books, a division of Time Inc. New York, NY. All rights reserved.
*Thank you to Time Inc. Books for providing a copy of Beach Cocktails.
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.