Sweet Mary and Joseph, Chicago wants to pretend it is July today. 85 degrees and sunny? I am not sure that is typical May weather for the Windy City, but rather than complaining about it, I am going to embrace it. Wasn’t I just in California and longer to be back there? Yes, I was. So, reminding myself of past wishes, I am going to enjoy this warm weather in May.
With summer rapidly approaching, everything from food to drinks begins to change. Hot dogs and brats. Hamburgers. Watermelon. Summer Shandies. Beer. No matter what I am consuming, my favorite part of summer is being able to be outside enjoying company of friends and family, listening to music and soaking up the summer sun. Music is key. My motto during the summer:
Drop Beats Not Bombs!
I recently teamed up with Absolut Elyx to come up with summer cocktails to enjoy in their one of a kind copper drinkware. As previously mentioned on Instagram earlier, this is the week of all things Absolut Elyx! This first cocktail was inspired by my summer motto – Drop Beets Not Bombs! What I love about this cocktail is the fresh produce tastes – the beet juice, the pineapple juice, the basil. I know exactly what is going into my cocktail and the ingredients pair so well together. Serve in a copper coupe from Absolut Elyx and all your friends will be begging you to make them a drink!
This post was sponsored by Absolut Elyx. As always, all opinions expressed here are my own.
Beet Basil Cocktail
1½ ounces Absolut Elyx vodka
1½ ounces beet juice
1½ ounces pineapple juice
½ ounce lemon juice
2 fresh basil leaves
- In a cocktail shaker, gently muddle lemon juice with basil leaves.
- Fill shaker with ice and add in the vodka, beet juice, and pineapple juice.
- Roll the cocktail by pouring the contents back and forth between 2 shakers, then strain the contents into a glass.
- Garnish with a sprig of basil.