When the weather gets steamy, I love sipping a cold, citrusy cocktail on the porch at dusk. My friend Lauren, who is a lovely hostess, served me this drink at a recent neighborhood BBQ. I raved over it so much that she and her husband nearly bottled me some in a sip cup to take on my bike ride home.
Make this the signature cocktail at your next BBQ or mix it up tonight after the kids go to bed. It only takes a few minutes. “I originally made it without vodka, and it’s yummy and fresh virgin as well,” Lauren says. You’ll never believe what the star ingredient is: Trader Joe’s kiddie lemonade juice box. Really! Get the recipe after the jump…
1 bottle Pellegrino
1 kids’ juice box, lemonade (6.75 oz – we use Trader Joe’s)
Cucumber vodka (we use Crop brand)
Squeeze limes into pitcher. Add sparkling water, juice box and vodka (to taste).
Muddle fresh mint and place 3 to 4 muddled leaves in the bottom of each glass. Add crushed ice and pour “ade” on top.
Garnish the glass with a slice of cucumber. Enjoy!