Cocktails and Mocktails


Watermelon Agua Fresca

  • 4 c. watermelon, seeded and cubed
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • fresh mint leaves
  • limes or lemons


Puree watermelon and water in a blender until smooth. Add sugar, mixing until combined.

Fill a pitcher with ice. Pour mixture through a fine mesh sieve into pitcher.

Muddle 4 mint leaves at the bottom of a highball glass. Fill with ice.

If you’d like your drink to be alcoholic, add 1 ounce of vodka or silver tequila to your glass.


Watermelon Mojitos

  • 20 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 c. watermelon puree
  • 12 oz. light rum
  • 1/2 c. simple syrup
  • 6 T lime juice


Muddle the mint.

Add mashed mint, watermelon puree, rum, simple syrup and lime juice to a large pitcher. Stir to combine. Pour mixture into glasses filled with ice, and garnish with mint. (adapted from Barefoot Contessa)

Top with watermelon mixture. Garnish with a slice or wedge of lime or lemon.


Frozen Watermelon Daquiris

  • 4 c. frozen seedless watermelon cubes
  • 4 oz. light rum
  • 4 oz. lime juice
  • 2 T simple syrup


Add watermelon, run, lime juice and simple syrup to a blender; blend until smooth.


Perfect Paloma

  • Grapefruit slice
  • 2 shots blanco tequila
  • 2 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 oz. lime juice
  • Fresca


Place a slice of grapefruit at the bottom of a rocks glass. Fill with ice.

Add tequila, grapefruit juice and lime juice. Top with Fresca.

Note: if you want an even saltier sip, rub a grapefruit wedge along the rim of your glass before filling, then dip in salt.


Shrub Syrup

  • 1 c. blackberries
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 c. apple cider vinegar


Add berries and sugar to a bowl, stirring until berries are coated. Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours, allowing berries to macerate.

Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a separate bowl, pressing firmly. Scoop out any undissolved sugar from your original bowl and add it to the new bowl.

Gently whisk in vinegar.

Transfer to a sterile bottle. Shake vigorously and refrigerate. Let sit for a week, shaking occasionally. (adapted from Serious Eats)

Notes: This can be refrigerated for up to a year (yes, really.)


Blackberry Shrub Mocktail

  • Blackberries
  • Mint leaves
  • 2 oz. Shrub Syrup
  • Sparkling water


Muddle a few blackberries and mint leaves together at the bottom of a Collins or rocks glass. Fill with ice. Add syrup. Top with sparkling water. Stir gently.


Blackberry Shrub Cocktail

  • Blackberries
  • Mint leaves
  • 2 oz. Shrub Syrup
  • Sparkling water
  • 2 oz. vodka, gin or blackberry brandy


Prepare as above, adding 2 oz. of your chosen spirit after you add the syrup.

Note: Feel free to use a blackberry sparkling water for even more flavor!
Hate blackberries? You can use just about any berry with the Shrub Syrup recipe!