Summer Archives – LUSHWORTHY

I’m sure the pumpkin-obsessed are just counting down the days until fall starts. In only a matter of weeks, you’ll be able to sip on your pumpkin-nutmeg chai latte while nibbling on a pumpkin-brown butter cookie, with zero guilt. In all honesty though, who says you have to wait until September 22 to indulge in all things pumpkin? Absolutely no one! There are some amazing, pumpkin cocktails out there that are still summer-friendly. To hold you over before fall, I’ve gone ahead and compiled a list of the best, so you can live your pumpkin-loving life to the fullest. Cheers!

Pumpkin Pie White Russian – It only makes sense to start off with a cocktail I made for Lushworthy almost two years ago. Although it was created smack dab in the middle of fall, it’s still a great, dessert-y cocktail to enjoy as late summer nears. [Recipe – Lushworthy.com]

Smashing Pumpkin – Rum is my absolute favorite spring/summer spirit, and this cocktail is made using just that. With the addition of homemade lemon-pumpkin soda, the Smashing Pumpkin is one of few pumpkin cocktails that’s also refreshing. [Recipe – Liquor.com]

Summer is slowly beginning to rear its lovely head and since we still have a few weeks left until the season begins that gives you plenty of time to revamp your list of summer cocktails. Sure a margarita or cran and vodka are refreshing during those sweltering months, but it’s nice to incorporate a new cocktail every now and then. A great way to add a little “oomph” to your summer cocktails is by creating your own infused vodkas. It might sound like quite the feat, but it’s actually pretty simple. To get you ready for summer EFFEN Vodka has provided these drink recipes for cocktails that are made using lavender and strawberry infused vodka. And you can find directions on how to infuse EFFEN Vodka under the drink recipe. Happy infusing!

Side Note: I just noticed how awesome that garnish on the “EFFEN Summer Punch” is! Before reading the directions I actually thought it was a piece of grapefruit.

EFFEN Lavender Breeze (Pictured Above)

INGREDIENTS

1 ½ parts Lavender infused EFFEN® Vodka

1 part Lime Juice

1 part Simple Syrup

3 Fresh Blueberries

DIRECTIONS

In a mixing glass, muddle fresh blueberries. Add remaining ingredients and shake with ice.  Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with lavender.

EFFEN® Vodka Lavender Infusion:  Infuse 4 ounces dried lavender with 16 ounces EFFEN Vodka for 4-7 days.

I’m sorry folks but I only saw the beach a total of five days this summer, it’s entirely too hot in Atlanta, and I can’t wait to wear my boots so quite frankly I’m over summer. SO over it. But what I’m not over are those delightfully refreshing cocktails that are so present during the summer months. I’m a huge fan of summery drinks so I’ll be drinking them all year long, but if you happen to switch up your drinks to match the season then feel free to savor the last days of summer with one of these cocktails from Belvedere Vodka. (Recipes are all created by Belvedere Head of Mixology Claire Smith)

Belvedere Five-O Punch

INGREDIENTS

1.5 Litres (50oz) Belvedere Pure 50 oz Hawaii tea blend 10 oz Spiced syrup (mild in flavour: cinnamon, cloves and star anise) 20 oz Lemon Juice 20 oz Ginger ale Zest of 2 Lemons

Zest of 1 Grapefruit