Red Wine Mules

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. red wine
  • 2 oz. vodka
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Ice
  • 1 can ginger beer
  • 2 lime rounds, for serving

Directions

  1. Divide wine, vodka, and lime juice between two glasses. Top with ice and ginger beer. Garnish with lime round and serve.

Cranberry Mimosas

Ingredients

  • 1 lime, halved
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 c. sweetened cranberry juice
  • 1 bottle champagne
  • 12 fresh cranberries
  • 4 small sprigs fresh rosemary

Directions

  1. Rub rims of champagne flutes with lime and dip in sugar. Pour 1/4 cup cranberry juice into each glass and top with champagne.
  2. Use a toothpick to poke a hole through cranberries. Thread rosemary skewer through cranberries and garnish mimosas.

Pineapple Mint Punch

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 quarts pineapple juice
  • 1 liter gin
  • 1 liter club soda
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • Ice, for serving

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and ½ cup water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the sugar dissolves, 1 to 2 minutes; let cool.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the sugar syrup, pineapple juice, gin, club soda, lime juice, and mint. Serve over ice.

Iced Green Tea With Ginger and Mint

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces ginger, unpeeled and sliced
  • 1 cup mint leaves
  • 6 green-tea bags
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan over high heat, combine the ginger and 6 cups of water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add the mint and tea bags. Cover and let steep for 15 minutes.
  2. Strain the liquid into a large pitcher or other container. Add the honey and lemon juice; stir.

The Gold Rush

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce honey syrup*
  • Lemon twist, for garnish

Directions

  1. Combine the bourbon, lemon juice, and honey syrup in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously until well-chilled. Strain into an ice-filled old fashioned glass and garnish with a lemon twist.
    Tip:
    *To make honey syrup, combine 1 cup boiling water and 1 cup honey. Stir to combine, then let cool. This yields enough for 8 drinks and will keep, refrigerated, for 5 days.

Honeydew, Cucumber, and Mint Cooler

Ingredients

  • 1 honeydew melon (about 4 pounds), peeled and chopped
  • 1 English cucumber, 1/2 chopped and 1/2 thinly sliced
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice (from about 8 limes), plus 1 lime, thinly sliced, for serving
  • Splash of gin (optional)

Directions

  1. Puree the melon, chopped cucumber, and mint in a blender until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a large pitcher.
  2. Add the lime juice and sliced cucumber. Chill for 30 minutes or up to 12 hours. Stir well before serving. Serve over ice, garnished with lime slices. Add a splash of gin, if desired.