Tag Archives: Non-Alcoholic Drinks

Cucumber Thirst Quencher

Cucumber Water

Thirst quenching cucumber water isn’t the only way to go with flavored water. Think various herbs like rosemary and thyme or grapefruit slices and kiwi. – photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

A little H20 thirst quencher for the body keeps the heat at bay and you in the party game longer when summer heat is on. Take a hint from savvy restaurants which veer from the ordinary and serve refreshing chilled water with cucumber rather than ordinary lemon wedges or twists. Hendrick’s Gin hasn’t cornered the market where cucumber flavor is concerned.

Cucumber isn’t the only way to go with flavored water. Think various herbs like rosemary and thyme or grapefruit slices and kiwi. However you slice it or dunk it, get creative and stay hydrated while enjoying the sunshine.

Cucumber Water

Pitcher

Distilled Water

Ice

Cucumber Slices

Layer ice and cucumber slices in pitcher. Fill with water. To serve: Place thin slice cucumber along inside of glass. Fill with ice. Top with cucumber water. Enjoy.

Add your comment: What do you add to your water for more visual and flavor appeal?

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Graduation Punch Makes the Grade

The Graduate is a Graduation Punch using fresh juice that can be made for individual serve or multiplied for pitcher serve. – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

The Graduate, created specifically with my youngest daughter in mind. – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

It is graduation time around The Intoxicologist house and all I have so far is one solid graduation punch recipe to get me through the first few party minutes. Teenagers have an appetite you know. At least this punch recipe has been teen tested and came out with a thumbs up, A+, made the grade stamp of approval from the graduate herself! Whew! Passed with flying colors.

Graduation Punch Recipe – Individual Serve

The Graduate uses fresh juices and sliced fruits for satisfying refreshment - – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

The Graduate uses fresh juices and fruit slices for satisfying refreshment – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

The Graduate – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Individual serving

2 ounces Fresh Orange Juice

1/2 ounce Fresh Lemon Juice

1/2 ounce Orgeat (Almond Syrup)

1 ounce Ginger Ale

2 Lemon Slices

2 Whole Fresh Strawberries – Sliced or Quartered

Sugared Rim

Slide lemon wedge around lip of stemless wine glass. Dip into sugar. Gently shake off excess. Place layer of ice in bottom of glass. Add a few strawberry slices and one lemon slice. Top with another layer of ice. Add a few more strawberry slices and one lemon slice. Add a few more pieces of ice. Set aside. Your garnished glass should look a little like the one in the photo below.

Layered ice, quartered fresh strawberries and lemon slices in glass with sugared rim ~ makes a beautiful garnished glass! – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Layered ice, quartered fresh strawberries and lemon slices in glass with sugared rim ~ makes a beautiful garnished glass! – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Combine orange juice, lemon juice and Orgeat in cocktail shaker. Shake to blend. Pour over top of prepared garnished glass. Top with ginger ale. Add any remaining strawberry slices as decorative garnish on top.

Graduation Punch Recipe – Pitcher Serve

The Graduate is easily duplicated for party pitcher serve. – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

The Graduate is easily duplicated for party pitcher serve. – recipe and photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

The Graduate Punch – recipe by Cheri Loughlin, The Intoxicologist

Pitcher Serve – 12 servings

24 ounces Fresh Orange Juice

6 ounces Fresh Lemon Juice

6 ounces Orgeat (Almond Syrup)

12 ounces Ginger Ale – chilled

12 Lemon Slices

12 Whole Fresh Strawberries

Sugared Rim

Slide lemon wedge around lip of stemless wine glass. Dip into sugar. Gently shake off excess. Set aside until ready to use. Refrigeration is ideal.

Combine juices and Orgeat in pitcher. Stir until Orgeat syrup is completely incorporated into mixture. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Add ginger ale to pitcher and stir just before serving. Place ice in sugar rimmed glasses. Pour 4 ounces of Grad Punch into each glass. Garnish with lemon slice and pierced strawberry.

The Graduate recipe was created specifically with my youngest daughter in mind. She graduates from high school in a few days. In a few short months she ventures off to college several hours away. Cheers to young lives spreading their wings to begin new adventures!

Add Your Comment: What advice would you give to a first year college student?

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Tropic Swell

Great coconut flavor play accented by low key pineapple and cranberry juice in this non-alcoholic mocktail

Tropic Swell 2 photo copyright Cheri Loughlin

Tropic Swell – created by Cheri Loughlin

2 measures Coconut Milk

1/2 measure Pineapple Juice

1 measure Cranberry Juice

Cherry Garnish

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with cherry.

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