Do you have a "go-to" recipe source for summer cocktails?
I've got a pantry, fridge, liquor cabinet and herb garden stocked with what I'm sure are the makings for many different delightful summer coolers, but I have no idea how to combine them into a drink I'll really enjoy. I wish there was a website where I could enter my list of ingredients, click on "submit" and see recipe options that use all or some of my ingredients. If there were such a thing, for tonight I'd probably enter: limes, seltzer, mint, pineapple, agave nectar and tequila. Any suggestions? Thanks!
If you have rum, your fresh mint and limes will make a great mojito. Basil, if you have it, also pairs well with many fruits (think strawberry basil, lemon basil, etc). Pineapple might go with tequila; obviously lime and agave nectar do. What other herbs do you have? Like JMF said, which liquors?
with what you have you can make variations on the margarita.
2 oz tequila
3/4 oz lime juice
to start with
then add 1 oz of a liqueur
maybe 1/2-3/4 oz agave syrup
a few chunks of pineapple or mint or both, muddle, shake on ice, and strain, either up or on the rocks. If you want to lighten it into highball, strain into an ice filled tall glass and top off with seltzer. Stick a big stalk of mint and a straw, so that your nose is right in the mint as you sip.
Okay... based on JMF and Tinnywatty's suggestions, for anyone who'd like to help me combine ingredients, here's a list (or partial list) of what's on hand. But I would like to request that you include approximate measurements or ratios for drink mixing. Thanks!
Liquors: Tequila (Blanco and reposado), Rum -- aged rum and citrus rum; Vodka; Gin; Limoncello; Cachaca; Cassis; Disaronno. Herbs: Mojito mint and pineapple mint; Genovese basil and African blue basil; Spice Islands Rosemary; Italian parsley; oregano. And I can get hold of most fruit, berries, veggies, chiles, etc.
Oh -- I should mention that I always have a good supply of Prosecco on hand.
I'm already looking forward to this. So... where do I begin?