Ya'll, it's still blazing hot here in the south. I love this time of year for many reasons and one of the biggest ones is getting to spend time outside. Outside by the pool, with my toes in the sand, on the lake, sitting on a patio and each of those usually involving a refreshing bevy in hand. Which brings me to introducing you to one of my favorite go to summer cocktails.
My husband was out in Denver, CO on a business trip so I tagged along for a weekend getaway. We had a close friend living there at the time and she was the best at showing us around the city. She knows our love for trying new foods and drinks and that is just what we did. We ate and drank our way through Denver.
There are so many great places that I can recommend but the one that I want to focus on today is where I met my love for grapefruit and jalapeño all mixed in to one tasty cocktail. The Pepper Blossom.
All the credit goes to the bartenders at Root Down located in Denver, CO. I loved this drink so much that after we got back home I had to search for recipes to replicate it. Well, I think that the bartenders at Root Down already knew how much people loved this cocktail and did the work for us. I will link the recipe at the bottom.
If you have a love for jalapeño-infused cocktails, then this is a must try. Trust me on this one! One of the ingredients, jalapeño-infused simple syrup, takes a little prep work. But, this ingredient lasts up to three weeks in the fridge so you could totally use it in other craft cocktails! I have not tried any pre-made syrups because making it yourself is pretty simple and inexpensive. The brand of vodka is completely your preference but I think that a good quality liquor definitely adds to the overall taste and smoothness. St. Germain is something I had never heard of before this drink. It is a liqueur flavored with elderflower which is a white flower that blooms during the spring in France. You should read up on their history, it's pretty cool! For the grapefruit and lemon juices, I usually go the easy route and buy the bottle. However, there is no reason why you couldn't go all natural with fresh squeezed juices from each!