Well guys, we made it. It's officially summer (!!!!!!) We dream of those three sweet words all winter long and while it can start to feel come February that the best time of the year will never arrive, it comes and it's better than we even remember. Summer kinda feels like crossing a finish line with the gold medal being tan lines, grass stained feet and cocktails with cute umbrellas and mint leaves hanging off the edge. I keep telling myself that I should probably start trying to cross finish lines that involve running shoes and perspiration but I keep getting caught up in food which makes me thirsty and then things like this blog post and its contents comes about.
Blog, meet cocktails. Cocktails, meet my blog. Oh wait - you've met before? A thousand times you say? My apologies, carry on.
The thing about summer cocktails is that they should look [and taste] like summer in a cup. What's that look and taste like you ask? Well, a lot like this.
Vibrant fun colors, tropical tastes of exotic fruits and of course - a little bit of alcohol doesn't hurt either ;) When I saw these bottles of Alizé I knew they were just the ticket for what I had in mind. With a bottle of Gold Passion [made with French Vodka and exotic passion fruit] and Bleu Passion [also made with French Vodka with an infusion of passion fruit, cherries and ginger] in hand I was ready to go. The best part? You can simply pour over ice and serve or you can add some of your favorite ingredients to make a cocktail your guests won't stop talking about! I decided to get a little creative with mine because of things like YOLO and why not so here we have it. Two easy peasy recipes that you can make with Alizé that will have you believing the sun really did rise and set in your cup. Just a couple items to note - Alizé can be found nationwide and when it comes to measurements below, an ounce is equal to a standard shot.
3 oz Alizé Gold Passion
2/3 oz Aged Rum
6 Mint Leaves
1/3 oz Lime Juice
3 oz Ginger Beer
In a glass, lightly press the mint. Add the remaining ingredients, fill with crushed ice and stir. Garnish with mint sprig.
1 oz Alizé Bleu Passion
1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
Splash of Club Soda
In a glass combine Alize Bleu Passion and pineapple juice. Fill with crushed ice and top off with a splash of club soda.
[photos by tina herschberger photography // taste testing by me ;)]
I knew these were good when even my husband drank some behind my back and later informed me that he did so and thought it was delicious. At the pool, on the boat, in our backyard or heck, just dressing up our kitchen counters with their awesome colors - I'll be drinkin' Alizé all summer long baby.
Life's more fun in color - what's in your cup this summer? Be sure to check out Alizé for more recipes and other fun products [available in 3 flavors - Gold Passion, Red Passion, Bleu Passion] to fill up your glass. Bottoms up!
This post was sponsored on behalf of Alizé Passion. All opinions stated are my own.