Limoncello Lemonade, that is.
When life give you lemons, then make Limoncello.”
Limoncello Lemonade, that is.
I have a few cocktails here that I wanted to share with you.
These are for spring and summer and to be served with fresh herbs grown from your very own garden. Some as a garnish and other’s with the herbs infused into the drink. I’ll be adding more cocktail’s in the future but here are a few for now.
Julie’s Apple Julep
If you are a Kentucky Derby fan.
Our Garden Mojitos
Mother’s Day Limoncello Cocktail
But first I want to start here…..
I love lemons, and I love lemonade, and I love alcohol…..
So, Limoncello Lemonade it is!
Just a nice cocktail to have outside by your very own potting bench. 🙂
I just eyeball this but I use an entire bottle of any brand of Limoncello liquor, a 2 liter bottle of lemon/lime sparkling water, about a cup of 100% organic lemon juice from Italy. It’s a volcanic lemon juice. Then I add various lemon flavored waters depending on what I find at the store. Pour in some sugar just to get rid of all the tartness.
Sliced lemons and limes with some fresh lemon balm herb as a garnish.
Mason jars with lids and straws were perfect for this.
Our Limoncello Lemonade
Put On Ice
It was Perfect for our Easter Refreshment Outside
Me, gathering mint from my herb garden for our mojitos.
My original Herb Garden link above. And my new Herb Garden Here:
The mint is an herb and a cancer killer. The berries are loaded with anti-oxidents and very good for you.
I love spring here in Florida as it is always the perfect temperature to be outside. Not too hot, not too cool, just right. So we do tend to spend a lot of time outside, last night was no different. Mojitos in the garden with our own mint and some farmer’s market blackberries that I picked up on Saturday. Notice the pretty floral headband that I have around my glass? It is a child’s headband that I picked up at the Dollar Tree, I thought it was cute but I would never use it if we had children here. It was just me and Gordon so I placed it on the glass to distinguish which one was mine. I do think that if a child were here and saw that it might tempt the child to drink it. So I don’t recommend making alcoholic drinks look “fun” when children are around.
In both photos top, you can see our mint. In the photo top left in back of our little table you can see our spearmint, that mint was used in our mojitos. In the photo top right, we have a big pot full of chocolate mint, great in drinks and desserts. The old black metal chair belonged to my great-grandfather. I think at one point it was red because red paint is showing through. It’s old and rusty but I love it.
Mojitos aren’t that hard to make. Just buy a ready made mix and add a good rum, some herbs and some berries. We’re using a Shellback brand rum here.
When a Mojito ready made mix is good then there is no reason to go to a lot of trouble and create one yourself.
A Perfect Hibiscus
Mother’s Day Cocktail
Limoncello is a lemon liqueur imported from Italy. It can be a bit pricey but this was a special occasion…..
To create this cocktail we just chilled a bottle of Limoncello, (I do not have the bottle pictured here), then we added some lemon-lime sparkling water, and the last of our Italian volanic lemon juice (pictured above with a sprig of our lemon tree leaves from our backyard coming out of it). I sliced a few limes and lemons and added them to the pitcher, as well as some sprigs of our new lemon thyme herbs.
I like using the Italian Volcano 100% organic lemon juice because it has an excellent taste. Made from the organic Sicilian lemons that grow near Mt. Etna Volcano in Italy.
Shh……. That’s our secret ingredient.
Looks Very Pretty and Summery
Not to mention, refreshing.
I also added some basil to the drink. Not just for decoration, be sure to eat it as well..
Our Cucumber Herbal Lime Cocktail
Ingredients: Makes 2 Drinks
~5 Tbsp. Mint Sauce
8 Ice Cubes
4 Shots Cucumber Mint Vodka
4 Tbsp. Lime Juice Concentrate
~ 1 Cup Lemon Lime Sparkling Water
Small Cucumber – sliced into wedges
Place enough Mint Sauce into a small bowl to coat the top of each glass, then dip the top of each glass into the Mint Sauce.
Add eight ice cubes and four shots of the Cucumber Mint Vodka into the shaker.
Add one Tbsp. of Mint Sauce and four Tbsp. of the Lime Juice Concentrate to the shaker. Place the lid on the Shaker and shake the mixture until it becomes too cold to handle.
Pour the mixture evenly into each glass then top each glass with Lemon Lime Sparkling Water.
Lemon/Lime Sparkling Water
Cucumbers and Herbs
Garnish each glass with some sprigs of Mint and Rosemary, then add a wedge of cucumber!
Lemon/Lime Limoncello Cocktails
Blueberries, lemons, limes and mint. I am extending my ‘green and yellow’ into the inside of my house as well with this ‘afternoon delight.’ My lovely lemon tile serving tray that my cousin Susan gave me many years ago. A Sunday afternoon reward for a very hard week of work, work, work.
750 ml. Liquore al Limone Costa del Sole Limoncello Liquer, chilled.
2-3 cups sparkling water, chilled.
About a pint of fresh blueberries.
Sprigs of fresh mint.
Slices of fresh lemon and lime to add to pitcher.