Is there a better way to beat the summer heat than with a cocktail made with Virginia’s finest spirits? We don’t think so, and neither do our friends at Belle Isle Moonshine, so they shared some incredible cocktail recipes that will help you stay cool this season.
Please enjoy responsibly.
– THE CUCUMBER MARGARITA –
The refreshing taste of cucumber? Check. The sweet heat of Belle Isle’s Honey Habanero? Check. Have we achieved summer cocktail perfection? Check and check. Sipping poolside, not required, but strongly recommended.
- 2 oz Belle Isle Honey Habanero
- ½ oz Triple Sec
- 1 oz Lime Juice
- ¼ oz Agave Syrup
- 4 Cucumber Slices
Muddle together three cucumber slices in the bottom of a shaker tin. Top with ice and then add Belle Isle Honey Habanero, triple sec, lime juice and agave. Shake vigorously until well-chilled, and strain into a chilled glass (or on the rocks if you prefer). Garnish with a cucumber slice.
– THE HARVEST MANHATTAN –
This uplifting take on the Manhattan combines the fresh and earthy Strawberry Matcha infusion with a double dose of bitters and sweet vermouth. The result is a smooth and mellow cocktail that hits all the right notes.
- 2 oz Belle Isle Strawberry Matcha
- 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
- 2-3 Dashes of Orange Bitters
- 1-2 Dashes of Angostura Bitters
Add the Belle Isle Strawberry Matcha, sweet vermouth, orange bitters, and Angostura bitters to a mixing glass with ice and stir until well-chilled. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice and garnish with a fresh strawberry.
– THE SHOCKOE 75 –
French inspired, Virginia perfected. It’s amazing how well sparkling wine compliments the lemon and lavender notes in this cocktail. Whether enjoying from the Blue Ridge Mountains, along the Atlantic Ocean, or from your own backyard – sipping on this will keep you feeling fancy all summer long.
- 1 ½ oz Belle Isle Lemon Lavender
- ¼ oz Lemon Juice
- ¼ oz Simple Syrup
- 3 oz Sparkling Virginia Wine
Add Belle Isle Lemon Lavender, lemon juice and simple syrup to a flute and stir to combine. Then, top with chilled sparkling Virginia wine. Garnish with a lemon twist and any fresh berries you have on hand.
– THE PINK DRINK –
The bright, floral notes of Belle Isle’s Lemon Lavender Moonshine pair beautifully with this golf course classic. It may not turn you into the next Tiger Woods or Annika Sorenstam, but it is guaranteed to make you think you can shave a few strokes off your game.
- 1 oz Belle Isle Lemon Lavender
- 1 can of Belle Isle Transfusion
- Lemon Wedge
Take a big swig out of your Belle Isle Transfusion can and pour the remnants over ice. Top with Belle Isle Lemon Lavender Moonshine and garnish with a lemon wedge.
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