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The Summer Cocktails You NEED to Try & The Barbecue Food to Pair Them With

Last updated July 01, 2019 by Tessa Bishop

For all our cocktail lovers, this one’s for you!

With summer in its midst and the 4th of July quickly approaching, we’ve concocted a list of our favorite summer cocktails that we think you should try.

1. Cucumber Lime Mojito

Mojito season is here! Add some cucumber and you’ve got quite the refreshing cocktail.

1 cup Rum
2 cups Cucumber Mint Lime Juice
Soda water
Fresh lime juice
1/2 Cucumber sliced in thin rounds
Handful of Mint Leaves

Instructions: Add the rum, mint, and cucumber to a glass or cocktail shaker. Smash it up with a cocktail muddler. Strain the rum into a new glass, add the cucumber lime juice and some more mint. Fill the glass with ice, top with club soda, and garnish with a few slices of cucumber and a sprig of mint.

Recommended Meat from Albertsons: Sausage. Who doesn’t love sausage fresh off the grill? Make a pitcher of cucumber lime mojitos and grill some sausages, because this is a pair you won’t want to miss.

2. Pineapple Jalapeño Margaritas

For those days when you need a lil’ kick of spice!

1.5oz Tequila
0.5oz Triple sec
1oz Pineapple Juice
1/2 Jalapeno sliced thin and de-seeded
Fresh pineapple for garnish
Tajin Chili salt

Instructions: Rim the glass with Tajin chili salt. Cut the core out and slice the jalapeño. Add jalapeño slices to the glass (for extra heat add the jalapeño seeds). Shake up the tequila, pineapple juice, and triple sec. Add to the glass. Garnish with pineapple and jalapeño as desired.

Recommended Meat from Albertsons: Kabobs - chicken, beef, or shrimp we love them all. Give them some extra flavor with a spicy margarita, you won’t regret it!

3. Gin Fiz

An easy cocktail, that looks great and tastes even better!

1.5oz Gin
Grapefruit Juice
Soda water
Fresh Rosemary for garnish
(cucumber addition was recommended)

Instructions: Mix gin and grapefruit juice. Top the drink off with tonic water and stir. Add fresh rosemary for garnish.

Recommended Meat from Albertsons: A burger. Both of these are classics and we are loving this innovative version of a Gin and Tonic.

4. Rosé Sangria

What more could you want? With this drink you can enjoy the best of both worlds- rosé and sangria.

2 cups Rosé

1 cup Svedka Rosé Vodka
0.5 cup St. Germain
Soda water
Frozen Berries
Lemon wheels for garnish

Instructions: Mix rosé, Svedka Vodka, and St. Germain. Add lemon flavored soda water. Throw in a few frozen berries and garnish with lemon wheels.

Recommended Meat from Albertsons: Salmon. Pink fish, meet pink wine.Together these will leave you feeling light, refreshed, and energized.

5. Nectar Apricot Whiskey Sour

An unusual twist on a fruity whiskey cocktail.

1.5oz Whiskey
1oz Nectar Apricot Juice
2oz Sour mix (Lemon juice, Lime juice, Orange juice, & Simple Syrup to taste)
0.5oz Simple Syrup (honey or regular)
Apricot sliver

Instructions: Combine whiskey and nectar apricot juice. Add in sour mix and your choice between simple syrup or honey. Garnish with an apricot sliver.

Recommended Meat from Albertsons: Steak. Steak and whiskey make for a delicious pairing. With this take on a whiskey sour, you’ll be craving a large piece of steak right from the grill.

The perfect holiday for barbecuing and celebrating is only a few days away. No better way to impress your friends and family at the BBQ than with these recipes and the freshest barbecue ingredients.

Boise Tip: Albertsons on Broadway and Albertsons Market Street have stocked fresh fruits, veggies, and meat for you to pick from! “Meat” us at the Market this Fourth of July and grab your fresh in-store made sausage, delicious local seasonings/sauces, ready-to-grill kabobs and burgers, or an ice-cold beer paired by our in-store experts – these stores have everything you need to make your Fourth of July barbecue the best on the block.

Albertsons on Broadway and Albertsons Market Street are your one-stop shop for your upcoming Fourth of July barbecue!

As ALWAYS, please drink responsibly and in moderation. Have fun this Fourth of July---don’t regret anything!

Disclaimer: This Blog was sponsored by Albertsons. Our opinions are our own.




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