What’s Cooking: Summer Cocktails

There is still time to enjoy a cold one in the beautiful hot weather and where better than at the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston. Summer cocktails are What’s Cooking.


Tropical Pineapple Press

Ingredients:

  • 3 each Lemon Wedges (cut a lemon into 6ths)
  • 3 each Pineapple Chunks (You can use chunks of canned pineapple for home or cut fresh.  Cubes should be about ½ inch by ½ think)
  • 1 oz Mango Puree (Mango juice will also work)
  • 3 oz Bacardi Mango Fusion Rum
  • 7 oz Lemonade (pick your favorite brand)
  • 7 oz Lemon-Lime Soda

 
Directions:

  1. Hard Rock uses a French Coffee press to make this drink, but for making at home you can use a 20 oz glass pitcher or other container.
  2. Add fruit and puree to the pitcher, and lightly muddle fruit in bottom to release the juices before adding liquid ingredients.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients and stir. Fill serving glasses with ice, and pour.
  4. The recipe can be made several hours in advance to allow the fruit to better incorporate into the mix.

 

Blues Berry Press

Ingredients:

  • 3 each Lemon Wedges (cut a lemon into 6ths)
  • 8 each Blueberries
  • 1 oz Blueberry Puree – See recipe below or purchase frozen blueberry puree
  • 3 oz Bacardi Wolfberry Rum
  • 7 oz Lemonade (pick your favorite brand)
  • 7 oz Lemon-Lime Soda

 
Blueberry Puree Recipe

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 tbsp  simple syrup
  • 2 tbsp water
  • Add everything to a blender and blend until very smooth.
  • Note: This makes about 3/4 cup of puree so depending on how many drinks you are making you will need to increase the recipe.

 
Directions:

  1. Hard Rock uses a French Coffee press to make this drink, but for making at home you can use a 20 oz glass pitcher or other container.
  2. Add fruit and puree to the pitcher, and lightly muddle fruit in bottom to release the juices before adding liquid ingredients.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients and stir.
  4. Fill serving glasses with ice, and pour.
  5. The recipe can be made several hours in advance to allow the fruit to better incorporate into the mix.

Watermelon Press

Ingredients:

  • 3 each Lemon Wedges
  • 2 – 3 each Strawberries (depending on size), hulled & quartered
  • 1 oz Watermelon Puree
  • To make Watermelon Puree – remove the seeds from watermelon and cut into chucks then place into a blender and blend until smooth.  You may need to add sugar if the watermelon is not sweet)
  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • 2 oz Bacardi Dragonberry Rum
  • 7 oz Lemonade (pick your favorite brand)
  • 7 oz Lemon-Lime Soda

 
Directions:

  1. Hard Rock uses a French Coffee press to make this drink, but for making at home you can use a 20 oz glass pitcher or other container.
  2. Add fruit and puree to the pitcher, and lightly muddle fruit in bottom to release the juices before adding liquid ingredients.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients and stir. 
  4. Fill serving glasses with ice, and pour.
  5. The recipe can be made several hours in advance to allow the fruit to better incorporate into the mix.

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