I mentioned the other day how I feel that Memorial Day at the delta really kicks off the summer, but let’s be honest: that first cocktail in the sun, relaxing with friends and family is what it’s really all about. And even in a healthy life filled with nutritious foods and intense workouts, there is certainly room for splurges!
I enjoyed these two cocktails this weekend, and I really love their refreshing, summery flavors. Delta slammers are particularly tasty, but be warned: your guests (or you!) will want more than one!
- 10 ounces orange juice
- 10 ounces pineapple juice
- 7 ounces dark rum (Bacardi)
- 4 ounces coconut rum
- 1.5 ounces apricot brandy
Measure all ingredients in a large pitcher and stir or shake. Serve over lots of ice and garnish with an orange or pineapple slice. It’s great to make a big batch (triple the recipe) at the beginning of the weekend to enjoy over a few days—if it lasts that long!
- ½ lemon, with rind, cut into two or three slices
- 14 mint leaves
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 shots Bacardi light rum
- Club soda
Add the lemon slices, mint leaves, sugar, and rum to a glass. Then muddle everything up by stirring and gently mashing the mint and lemon. Fill the cup with ice, then pour club soda to the top of the cup. Garnish with lemon slices or mint leaves.
The lemonito is particularly refreshing and evokes that involuntary “ahhhh” sound. Don’t be ashamed; embrace it, and love your summer.