The sun is setting. The crickets and the frogs are starting to sing. In the air, the sticky humidity of the day is giving way to a cool breeze coming in off the lake. Fairy lights lining the path to the dock are starting to flicker on in the dusk and you can hear the sound of friends pulling up into the driveway. A bead of sweat forms and starts to make a path through the condensation down the side of your Mason jar as you sip a chilled cocktail while taking in the sights and sounds around you. It doesn't get much better than this.
To help you enjoy the moment, we've compiled our list of favorite summertime cocktails to sip from your hand-crafted Ball and Buck Leather Mason Jar Sleeve. Don't have one yet? Pick yours up here.
THE AUGUST SOUR
THE SPRING GARDEN MARGARITA
3 oz silver tequila
2 oz fresh lemon juice
2 oz cucumber juice *see below
3/4 oz honey black pepper syrup * see below
a few cracks of sea salt
2 small cucumbers
1/4 cup water
1 Tablespoon wildflower honey
1 Tablespoon water
a few cracks of black pepper
snap pea garnish
Puree chopped cucumber with water to make cucumber juice. Strain to remove solids.
Microwave for 15 seconds or use stove to heat water and honey together. Stir to combine. If you use the microwave, be sure to watch it during this step so it doesn't overflow. Top with a few cracks of fresh black pepper.
Add tequila, lemon juice, cucumber juice, honey syrup and salt to a shaker with a few ice cubes.
Make pebble ice by adding about 2 cups of ice cubes to a high powered blender. Pulse to get small pieces of pebbled ice, then add your ice to the cups.
Shake the cocktail and pour between two Mason jars. Garnish with mint, edible flowers, cucumber, and peas.
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