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8.4.17 Summer Drinks from Max Restaurant Group

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Strawberry Summer Frosé

From Brian Mitchell at the Max Restaurant Group


1 x 750 ml bottle hearty, bold rosé (such as a Pinot Noir or Merlot rosé)

Strawberry syrup - ½ cup sugar infused with 8 ounces strawberries

 2½ ounces fresh lemon juice


- 1 750ml bottle of rosé frozen (but not in the original bottle - need to move to a flexible container such as a plastic bag or open top pan so the expanding ice will not burst the glass)

- This will take about 6 hours, but will not be completely frozen as alcohol has a very low freezing point

- Bring sugar and ½ cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan; cook, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Add strawberries, remove from heat, and let sit 30 minutes to infuse syrup with strawberry flavor. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a small bowl (do not press on solids); cover and chill until cold, about 30 minutes.

- Put frozen rosé into a blender.

- Add lemon juice, 3½ ounces strawberry syrup, and 1 cup crushed ice and purée until smooth.

- Transfer blender jar to freezer and freeze until frosé is thickened (aim for milkshake consistency), 25-35 minutes.

- Blend again until Frosé is slushy.

- Serve in coupe glasses and garnish with a strawberry.

Watermelon Crush (Snow Cone)


Watermelon infused vodka

Watermelon Base - includes basil, lemon juice and watermelon juice

For single drinks - the ratio is about 3oz infused vodka, 3oz watermelon juice, 1oz lemon juice and crushed basil to flavor

This can be served in a mason jar over ice, garnish with a wedge of watermelon

For batches and the snow cones - we juice the watermelon to make the base, then use the watermelon pulp to infuse the vodka for extra flavor, serving over crushed ice in a snow cone cup

Local Lemonade (Blueberry Version)


10 fresh blueberries

1oz Vodka

1oz Whiskey

¾ oz Agave Syrup (1:1)

6oz Fresh Lemonade

Glass - 16oz Tumbler

Garnish - lemon wheel


Add blueberries to glass and gently muddle

Add vodka, whiskey and agave, fill with ice, top with lemonade and garnish