By Norma O.

Berry cocktailSummer Fun Cocktail

Las Vegas’ notorious 100 plus degree weather has arrived, but that only means that it’s time to hit the pool. I’ve picked out the perfect poolside cocktail that has the right amount of sweetness and electrolytes to keep you hydrated and in party-mode.

A Mojito with a Twist

Melissa d’Arbian from the Food Network makes a simple cocktail that transforms a normal minty mojito into a drink made by the Gods. By adding raspberries, pineapple juice and coconut water, d’Arbian has constructed a magical summer time cocktail appropriate for hanging out in the sweltering desert heat. The raspberries and pineapple juice add the right amount of tart and sweetness to the drink, while the coconut water dilutes it just enough. The coconut water is an essential part of the drink because it’s packed with electrolytes to prevent dehydration.

Modifications to Step-up the Recipe

While, d’Arbian’s ingredients are the prefect ingredients and ratios to make an amazing summertime cocktail, I decided to step up the “yum” factor by muddling (or mixing) the raspberries and mint together. I made a step-by-step video of how to make the cocktail by improvising with kitchen appliances. Before we get to the video, here is what you’ll need!

Raspberry-Pineapple Mojito

Ingredients:
-Pineapple juice (3oz)
-Coconut water (3oz)
-Fozen raspberries (2tbs)
-Fresh mint (3-4 leaves)
-Rum (1oz)

Tools:
-Cocktail shaker
-Jigger (measures ounces)
-Muddler (to mash raspberries & mint)

If you don’t have these bar tools you can improvise with items you should already have in your kitchen:
-Glass and Coffee mug (that fit snug into each other)
-Shot glass
-Tablespoon

Step-by-Step

Finally, here is the video to help guide you to make your own fruity cocktail. I encourage you to experiment with any type of fruits you fancy–not just the one suggested in the video. I hope you try out this recipe and impress all your friends with a drink that will help keep them hydrated and having fun in the sun. Enjoy!

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