Being at the beach sipping on a refreshing drink is at the top of many people’s list of ways to relax and unwind. While getting to the beach may not be doable right now, whipping up a delicious beach cocktail is, thanks to Beach Cocktails: Favorite Surfside Sips and Bar Snacks from Oxmoor House. Mint Julep Iced Tea, anyone?
Mint Julep Iced Tea
Beach Cocktails: Favorite Surfside Sips and Bar Snacks is short on fluff and full of recipes, starting with simple sugar recipes that help sweeten all kinds of cocktails. There’s even a recipe for Grenadine, which is made without corn syrup like its commercial counterpart.
Bits and pieces of history of ingredients that make some of our favorite drinks delicious, such as bitters and shrubs. Information about popular libations is included as well throughout the 288-page “cook” book. The 125 recipes in the book are divided into the following sections:
- In the Mix
- Tiki Bar Classics
- High Spirits
- Foam and Froth
- Warm Sips
- Happy Hour
- Bar Snacks
From classic favorites to more modern libations, there’s a drink for landlubbers and sailors alike, such as El Diablo, Caipirinha, The Drunken Soldier, Caribbean Rum Swizzle, Key Lime Gimlet, Tangerine Toddy, Acapulco, Bushwacker, Hot Buttered Rum, Seaside Sunrise, and Peach Fuzzies.
Non-alcoholic (mocktail) recipes include Watermelon Agua Fresca, Sailboat Lemonade, Lemon-Lime Slush, Florida Spritzer, Fruited Mint Tea, Aloha Punch, Pom-Berry Shake, Mint-Chocolate Shake, and more.
To complete the beachy theme, bar snack recipes include Almond-Stuffed Dates, Buttery Deviled Eggs, Avocado Salsa Verde, Mango-Lime Salsa, Maine Crab Cakes with Lime Mayo, Ceviche Verde, Coconut Unfried Shrimp, plus a few more tasty temptations.
Beautiful full-color photos of enticing drinks and beaches fill the pages of Beach Cocktails: Favorite Surfside Sips and Bar Snacks. So even when you can’t escape to the beach, at least you can take a visual journey through the pages of the book to a happy place.
Mint Julep Iced Tea
- 8 fresh mint leaves
- 1 lemon sliced
- 1 lime sliced
- 1 cup 8 ounces bourbon
- 3 cups 24 ounces cold sweetened tea
- Garnishes: fresh mint sprigs lemon and lime slices
Combine the first 3 ingredients in a 2-quart pitcher. Crush with a spoon until mint is bruised. Stir in bourbon and tea. Serve over ice. Garnish, if desired.
Recipe from Beach Cocktails: Favorite Surfside Sips and Bar Snacks, copyright 2017. Posted with permission.
Look for Beach Cocktails: Favorite Surfside Sips and Bar Snacks at your local bookstore or purchase it online at Amazon.com.