Beat the Heat (Part One)

The summer is here and with it, brutal South Texas heat. Your choice in drinks will waver towards refreshing to help ward off the hot weather. Sure, ice cold beer is an easy choice, but if you want to get creative, it is a great time to experiment. I found six drink recipes that will hit the spot as you melt. I will bring you three of them this week and the other three next week.

Lime Aperol Spritz

(The Italians, especially in Milan, love this refresher)

>>3-1/2 oz Prosecco or sparkling wine of your choice

>>2-1/2 oz Aperol (similar to Campari. If you like bitter sweet things, it can be used for lots of cocktails)

>>Splashes of soda water to taste

>>Lime wedges

Add all ingredients in a tall glass over ice, squeeze lime to taste and stir very gently. Add lime wedges/slices as garnish. Very refreshing.

The Siesta

>>1-1/2 oz white tequila (I like Dulce Vida)

>>1/2 oz Campari (these bitter sweet liqueurs make for refreshing drinks)

>>1/2 oz fresh squeezed grapefruit juice

>>1/2 oz simple syrup

>>2 dashes angostura bitters

Add all ingredients into a shaker of ice and shake well. Strain into a martini glass or over ice in a rocks glass.

Watermelon Agua Fresca

(This is simply a Mexican favorite with vodka or rum added)

>>1/2 seedless watermelon

>>Fresh squeezed juice from 4 limes (plus slices for garnish)

>>3/4 cup sugar (or to taste)

>>1 cup mint leaves (plus a few sprigs for garnish)

>>4 cups soda water (I use Topo Chico)

>>Vodka or white rum.

Cut up the watermelon and blend in a blender or food processor until smooth, You may have to do this in batches. Transfer all of it to a large bowl or pitcher. Add the lime juice, sugar and mint. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Cover and let stand for about an hour. Pour through a sieve or strainer (press down on the solids for maximum goodness) into a large pitcher, top with the soda water and add the lime slice and mint garnishes. Then in tall glasses of ice, add your vodka or white rum and top off with the Aqua Fresca.