valley & co. entertaining :: 5 cocktails to make at home

The weekend is here again! During quarantine we’ve really been focusing on savoring the weekends as true weekends – no work to be done, just time spent baking, playing outdoors, being in our garden, and watching movies in the afternoon. Nighttime cocktails in the garden have been a staple as well! It’s all part of a ritual – we have nothing but time for right now and as most of our spring and summer weekends are generally spent bringing to life our weddings and client parties, we’re savoring the slow. So here are 5 cocktails to make at home this weekend – to celebrate the weekend! You can make a mocktail version of any of these – these are all from past real events of ours and they’re sure to please!


1. Classic Margarita via Ina Garten
1 lime, halved | Kosher salt |  1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (5 limes)| 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 lemon) | 1 cup Triple Sec | 1 cup white tequila | 2 cups ice, plus extra for serving

If you like margaritas served in a glass with salt, rub the outside rims of 6 glasses with a cut lime and dip each glass lightly into a plate of kosher salt.

Combine the lime juice, lemon juice, Triple Sec, tequila, and ice in a blender and puree. Place extra ice in a cocktail shaker. Fill with margarita mix, shake well, and strain into glasses.

5 summer drinks to make this weekend by Aleah and Nick Valley

2. Blackberry and Ginger Splash from Salish Lodge & Spa

2 bottles of Ginger beer | 2 oz. Vodka (optional) | Pureed blackberries |Rosemary | Ice

Puree blackberries by putting them in a blender until smooth – strain through a mesh sieve

Add crushed ice to a highball glass and add vodka, pour over ginger beer and top with blackberries. Garnish with rosemary and a blackberry
5 summer drinks to make this weekend by Aleah and Nick Valley

3.Blood Orange Sparkler
1 bottle of champagne | blood orange juice | orange juice| sparkling water

Pour 1/2 oz. of blood orange juice into a chilled champagne glass. Add 1 oz. orange juice. Top with champagne and a splash of sparkling water. Garnish with a blood orange wedge.5 summer drinks to make this weekend by Aleah and Nick Valley

4. Rosemary Moscow Mule
Two parts good vodka | 3 parts ginger beer (or ginger ale) | dash of lime juice (or more to your liking) | rosemary sprig | ice

Pour ingredients over ice and stir. Adorn with a sprig of rosemary.
You can pre-chill the mugs in the freezer for an extra chilly cocktail.

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5. Blackberry Smash

Blackberries | 1 oz. vodka | lemon-flavored sparkling water | lemon

Muddle blackberries in the bottom of a glass and top with 1 oz. vodka and sparking water (lemon flavored). Top with a squeeze of lemon juice

 

Cheers, friend! Leave a link to your favorite cocktail recipe below!