Margaritas, Moonshine, Martinis & More!

Celebrate tonight or any night of the week with a cool summer cocktail. 
-PJ Gach

Strawberry Fields - McGahs Pub lede imageThe stars are twinkling at you as the night’s breeze ruffles your hair while you sip on cool, tangy cocktail. Do you hear the surf in the distance, or is it the tree branches swaying with the wind? Is it that you're at rooftop party, looking for a basil martini, peach moonshine, or the perfect margarita?

Summer brings us the best cocktail-sipping weather, so try one of these 10 terrific cocktails. Remember to drink responsibly---it’s not nice to upchuck on someone’s shoes. Especially, if they’re really cute shoes.

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Sex on the Moon
Courtesy of McGah's Pub & Pianos, Danville CA

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1.5 oz. Ole Smoky Peach Moonshine 
½ oz. 100 proof cherry juice 
Equal parts pineapple juice and Sprite 
Combine ingredients in a mason jar and garnish with an orange slice and an Ole Smoky 100 proof cherry. 

Chopin Lemon Basil Martini

2 oz. Chopin Rye Vodka (but feel free to try Potato or Wheat) 
1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice 
1/2 oz. Simple Syrup* 
4-5 Basil Leaves 
Place all the ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake it up. The ice will bruise the basil leaves and release the basil oils. Serve in a chilled Martini glass.

* For a variation, infuse your simple syrup with basil and only use 2 basil leaves in the shaker. Simmer 1/2 cup basil to every 1 cup of simple syrup on medium heat until sugar is fully dissolved.  Cool and pour through a fine sieve before using.

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Summertime Sipper

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1 ½ parts Skinnygirl™ Meyer Lemon Vodka 
Splash of DeKuyper Triple Sec 
Splash of diet lemon-lime soda 
Raspberries and lemon slice for garnish 
Mix vodka and triple sec in a glass with ice. Top with a splash of diet lemon-lime soda. Garnish with raspberries and a lemon.

Summer Spice

Ciroc summer spice cocktail
1.5 oz. Cîroc Red Berry 
.75 oz. lime juice 
5 basil leaves 
1 piece of jalapeño 
3 dashes of celery bitters 
Muddle 4 basil leaves, celery bitters and jalapeño. Add simple syrup, lime juice and Cîroc Red Berry. Pack with ice and give it a good long, hard shake in a jigger. Double strain into an old fashion glass with ice. Garnish with the last basil leaf.

Strawberry Fields 
This is provided by Ashlee Fox, partner/manager of McGah’s Pub & Pianos in Danville, CA.

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1 ½ oz. Grey Goose La Poire 
½ oz. Cointreau 
½ oz. agave nectar 
½ squeeze of lemon 
½ oz. fresh strawberry puree 
2 fresh basil leaves (muddle) 
In a rocks glass, muddle together basil leaves, strabwberry puree, agave nectar and lemon juice.  Add ice, Grey Goose La Poire Vodka, and Cointreau and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a lemon slice.

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Tamarind Margarita
Courtesy of Komali, Dallas TX
Voted Best Margarita in Dallas” Dallas Modern Luxury and Southwest Cointreau Competition”

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1.5 oz. Casa Noble Reposado 
.5 oz. Cointreau 
Splash Fresh Tamarind Puree 
3 oz. Fresh Lime Juice 
Orange pepper rime and Lime Garnish  
Prepare margarita glass with the orange pepper rime, pour the ingredients into a cocktail jigger or shaker, shake, then pour into glass. Garnish with lime.

Sun-Kissed Spritzer

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2 parts Skinnygirl™ Tangerine Vodka  
1 1/2 parts lime soda water  
Squirt of fresh lime 
Squirt of fresh lemon 
Squirt of fresh grapefruit 
Slice of lemon for garnish 
Mix all ingredients and pour over ice. Garnish with a slice of lemon and enjoy!

Martini Madre

1.5 oz. Cîroc Amaretto 
1 oz. cranberry juice 
.5 oz. triple sec 
.25 oz. honey 
.5 oz. lemon 
Fill shaker full of ice. Add all the ingredients, shake well and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Poolside Prosecco Punch

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2 parts Skinnygirl™ Prosecco 
2 parts limeade 
Lime wheels for garnish (optional) 
 Add all ingredients into a stemless wine glass and stir. Garnish with a lime wheel (optional).

Red Berry Sangria 
(Pitcher Recipe)

10 oz. Cîroc Red Berry 
10 oz. Rose Wine 
5 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice 
5 oz. Simple Syrup 
20 oz. Berry Tea 
Stir over ice in 64 oz. pitcher

(Single Cocktail) 
1 oz. Cîroc Red Berry 
1 oz. Rose Wine 
.5 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice 
.5 oz. Simple Syrup 
2 oz. Berry Tea 
Stir over ice in Wine glass

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