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Splashy Summer Cocktails

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We all know what a cocktail is — it is cold, sweet, sweet-sour, fruity, icy, alcoholic, plain, simple, fancy, icy, decorative, not decorative, colorful, cold — the list goes on.

While some terms that grew up around the cocktail culture have taken on a slight taint of the out-of-date, the actual drink, the cocktail, is still going strong. Especially considering that the term originated sometime between 1795 and the first decade in the 1800s, according to “The Dictionary of American Food and Drink” by John F. Mariani.

But enough about history. What can cocktails do for those of us in San Antonio now, as we suffer through the heat, wonder how many truckloads of ice it would take to cool off the pool and finally give up on our crispy lawns?

For one thing, a cocktail or two might cheer us up. (Funny how that works, since alcohol is a depressant.)  But it isn’t just about the alcohol, some might argue. A well-made cocktail is flavorful, fun and cool to put in your hand or even to against your fevered brow.  It brings a semblance of class to an occasion that you hope will transcend beer bash.

We offer today two recipes for colorful new summer cocktails courtesy of Roaring Fork. If you don’t want to make your own, the bar at this restaurant will make them for you. While they are selling these as summery drinks now, they will also be available throughout the year. Roaring Fork is at 1806 N. Loop 1604 W.

If you make them at home, though, you don’t have to drive anywhere. And that’s a very good thing to consider, too. You can also play around with the amounts of each ingredient, to tailor the drink to your own tastes.

Pomegranate Pink Grapefruit

Pomegranate Pink Grapefruit

Pomegranate Pink Grapefruit

0.5 ounce El Jimador Blanco Tequila
0.6 ounce  Sun Orchard Margarita Mix
0.9 ounce Cointreau
0.5 ounce lime juice
0.5 ounce pink grapefruit juice
0.4 ounce pomegranate simple syrup
Lime wedges, for garnish

Fill shaker halfway with ice. Pour ingredients into shaker and shake. Dip glass in salt, if desired. Strain drink over ice and garnish with lime.

Makes 1 drink.

From Roaring Fork

Blakberi Madras

Blakberi Madras

Blakberi Madras

0.7 ounce  Stolichnaya Blakberi
1 ounce Chambord
1 ounce Cranberry Juice
1 ounce Orange Juice
Orange slice, for garnish

Fill shaker halfway with ice. Pour ingredients into shaker and shake well. Strain over ice into glass. Garnish with orange slice.

Makes 1 drink.

From Roaring Fork

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