It’s no secret that things tend to get a little hot in these parts. Our favorite way to beat the heat? Head to the kitchen and whip up something cool and sweet. From adults-only concoctions to the ultimate iced coffee, here are some of the best summer drink recipes we could find, along with all the must-have tools to stock in your home kitchen or bar.
New Mexico’s Elite Bartender
As the winner of the 2016 New Mexico Tournament of Bartenders, Chance Miller is making a name for himself in the world of mixology. Want to see him in action? Head on over to La Posta where he’s been slinging drinks for more than two years now. If you want to try your own hand at it, read on for Chance’s best tips for would-be bartenders, what tools he always has handy, and two of his favorite summer recipes. Bonus: One is kid-friendly!
How To Chill Out with the Ultimate Cocktail
- Always use fresh ingredients when possible. Don’t use pasteurized or canned. The freshest will always have the best flavor. That’s especially true with juices—orange, lime, etc.
- Experiment and have fun with it. You never know what flavor pairings are going to go well together, so try it out. For my Dragon Fruit Pina Colada, instead of using rum like a typical Pina Colada, I used an apple whiskey and the flavor worked out nicely.
- Practice on your friends, but pick people that will be honest with you. Some people will just say, “Oh yeah, this tastes great,” but in all reality it might taste like cough syrup.
Award Winning Drink!
The Bloody Scotch
1 oz. ginger puree
1 oz. Laphroaig Scotch
½ oz. fresh blood oranges
Muddle ingredients, strain, and pour over a rosemary ice ball.
Dragon Fruit Piña Colada
Blend together one dragon fruit (find them at Toucan Market,
1701 E. University, toucanmarket.com) and a can of Cream of Coconut (find it on the International Foods aisle at any supermarket) to create a Piña Colada mix.
For Kids: Blend the Piña Colada mix with ice. Serve garnished with an apple slice and drizzled with caramel.
For Adults: Blend the Piña Colada mix with ice and 2 oz. of Jim Beam Apple. Serve with cinnamon sprinkled on top.
Tools of the Trade: What Every Well-Stocked Home Bar Needs
- Good Base Liquors (I recommend at least Tequila, Rum Vodka, and Whiskey.)
- A Few Different Modifiers (My favorites are Schnapps, Blue Curaçao, and Frangelico Hazelnut Liquor.)
Want to make a competition-worthy drink? Here’s 2 KitchenAid blenders that can help you make it happen.
Using magnetic technology, the Torrent Blender is poised to be the blender version of the iconic KitchenAid mixer. Your kitchen just isn’t complete without one. Forget twisting and turning to get the pitcher locked in just right, the magnetic system allows this pitcher to glide in and out of the base.
The convenient ingredient hub allows for easy adding of ingredients without interrupting the blending process and the cap doubles as a measuring cup. This model is ideal for mixing smoothies and icees, as well as making almond, peanut, and other nut butters.
Ginger & Lavender
Infused Vodka Slush
Makes 6 servings
2 cups water
2 cups superfine sugar
2 tablespoons dried lavender
1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
6 cups ice
1/2 cup vodka
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint
Fresh lavender sprigs (optional)
Bring water and sugar to a boil in small saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low; simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add lavender and ginger; let steep 1 hour. Strain syrup; set aside until ready to use. Can be made ahead; store in an airtight container up to 2 weeks.
Place ice in KitchenAid Diamond Blender. Pulse on speed 2 (Chop) 6 to 8 times. Add vodka, lemon juice, 1⁄3 cup lavender-ginger syrup and mint. Blend on speed 5 (Liquify) 1 minute. Serve immediately with fresh lavender sprigs, if desired.
You can whip up a whole lot more than just drinks in with the 5-Speed Diamond Blender. “KitchenAid blenders have always been appreciated for their ability to crush ice at any speed, but we design them for making everything from vinaigrettes, sauces, and homemade condiments to purees and soups,” says brand experience manager Beth Robinson.
Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri
Makes 2 servings
2 cups ice
10 fresh strawberries, hulled
3 oz. light rum
3 oz. fresh lime juice
1 oz. triple sec
1 oz. strawberry liqueur
2 teaspoons sugar or simple syrup
Strawberry and lime slices
Place ice, whole strawberries, rum, lime juice, triple sec, strawberry liqueur, and sugar in pitcher of KitchenAid Torrent Blender. Cover and blend on Icy Drinks/Smoothies setting.
Pour into two glasses; garnish with strawberry and lime slices.
Look for it in bold, fun colors including cobalt blue, contour silver, espresso, apple green, and the empire red shown here.
Whether you need a pick-me-up after a hard night out or are just looking to eat a little healthier, there’s no easier—or tastier!—way to pack in your daily fruits and veggies. Forget chunky, sludgy, and way-too-thick concoctions, the Nutri Ninja’s Total Crushing Technology guarantees a smooth, creamy finish. And unlike juicers that leave you with a warm, fiber-less drink, this gadget breaks down whole produce and maintains that full punch of vitamins and nutrients.
Look for a model with Auto iQ Technology to take the guesswork out of the whole process; just press a button and the Ninja takes care of the rest. The handy single serve blending cups with seal and sip lips pretty much negate any other excuses you might have to not start your day off right.
Lean Green Ninja
1/4 cup spinach, packed
1/4 cup kale leaves, packed
1/3 small banana, peeled
1/3 cup fresh pineapple, 1-inch chunks
1/3 cup fresh mango, 1-inch chunks
1/8 cup coconut water
1/4 cup ice
Place all of the ingredients into the Regular 24-ounce Nutri Ninja Cup in the order listed, starting with spinach. Turn unit ON and select “Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ ULTRA BLEND. Remove the blades from the cup after blending.
Watermelon Raspberry Cleanser
1 1/2 cups watermelon, 1-inch chunks
1/2 cup raspberries
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup ice
Place all of the ingredients into the Regular 24-ounce Nutri Ninja Cup in the order listed, starting with watermelon. Turn unit ON and select “Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ ULTRA BLEND. Remove the blades from the cup after blending.
Where to Shop
Bed Bath & Beyond
2200 E. Lohman Ave.
Mesilla Valley Mall
700 S. Telshor Blvd.
2500 N. Triviz Dr.