DIY Strawberry Liqueur

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Summer is a great time to enjoy fresh strawberries. If you’re looking for another way to include strawberries in your life (and your cocktails), try this homemade strawberry liqueur. It’s super-easy and super-good. I like to use it in Sangria.

DIY Strawberry Liqueur

8 ounces strawberries, roughly sliced
1 sprig fresh tarragon (optional, but highly recommended)
1 1/2 cups vodka
1 cup water
1 cup sugar

Steep strawberries and tarragon with vodka for two days. Strain and then filter the mixture through cheesecloth or a coffee filter. Press down to extract as much liquid as possible. Then, bring water and sugar to a boil. Once that syrup is cool, combine it with the strawberry-tarragon vodka mixture. Let the combination rest for at least one day. Refrigerate, if desired. Store for up to two months.

The recipe I created and posted here was first published on Serious Eats in my DIY vs. Buy column

Plum Margarita

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Armed with a bagful of plums fresh off the tree and a need for a frozen cocktail, Savvy Housekeeping and I blended up some refreshing plum Margaritas … and you should, too! This recipe makes one, but double (or triple) up to make more! You will want more.

Plum Margarita

Three plums (halved, pitted and frozen)
2 ounces silver tequila
1 ounce triple sec
1/4 ounce lemon juice
1/4 ounce simple syrup

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

Photo by Savvy Housekeeping

Frozen Cocktails

Watermelon White Negroni Slushie from Serious Eats

Watermelon White Negroni Slushie from Serious Eats

Whip out the blender and cool down with one of these creative frozen cocktails! Each of these is a summery take on a classic cocktail.

Frozen Mint Julep ~ Turn a classic summer cocktail into something even cooler with this simple recipe.

Frozen Peach Old Fashioned ~ Here’s another frozen twist on a classic, with the addition of sweet summer fruit.

Watermelon White Negroni Slushie ~ A White Negroni is already a fun variation on the Negroni that uses Cocchi Americano instead of Campari. Add watermelon and make it cool for a sophisticated summer treat.

Frozen Coconut Margaritas ~ Imagine yourself on a white sand beach with this creamy cool cocktail in hand.

Blended Cherry Mojitos ~ Fresh cherries are everywhere, so use them in one of the most fun ways possible … mojitos!

Peach Cocktails

peachcollinsSummer is in full swing. And while I’m not loving the heat, I am loving the fresh fruit. Peaches are a sure sign summer is here. Try these peachy cocktails to cool yourself down.

Peach Mint Julep ~ Bourbon and mint gets a boost from peaches in this twist on my favorite Southern classic.

Peaches and Herb ~ This brandy cocktail pairs fresh peaches with sage for a summer refresher.

Peach-Apricot Lillet Blanc Fizz ~ Lillet gives everything a delicate touch, so it’s the perfect accompaniment to peaches and apricots.

Peach Vodka Collins ~ This is a quick and easy sparkling drink that will hit the spot for day drinking or a hot summer night.

1Twelve ~ White peach, tequila, tarragon, Yellow Chartreuse … excuse me while I run away from the computer and make this one right now.

Photo by Jackson Stakeman