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Make Your Own Sparkling Summer Cocktails 
Jun. 28, 2011 4:17 pm 
Updated: Jun. 29, 2011 12:54 pm
Temperatures going up in your area? These delicious cocktails are not only simple but will help you beat the heat. The beauty of some of these drinks – you can include healthy fruit choices, making them tasty and heart-smart at the same time. From a fruity Mango cocktail to a decadent POMtini, you’ll find the perfect recipe to satisfy your summer cocktail craving.

Mango Cocktail
Pairs well with a spicy carne asada or seafood gumbo.
With mangos in season, you can use fresh or fresh-frozen fruit. Stores like Whole Foods, Raley’s or Trader Joe’s also have them readily available in the frozen section. TIP: Add ice cubes to this recipe if using fresh mangos.

– 3/4 cup vodka (I like SKYY or Smirnoff)
– 1/3 cup Cointreau
– 2 cups mango
– 1/4 cup lime juice
– sparkling wine or champagne

Combine vodka, Cointreau, mango and lime juice in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into cocktail glasses, 2/3 full. Fill remainder with sparkling wine or champagne. Lightly stir to mix and garnish with a slice of lime.

Watermelon Martini
Try this with chicken & vegetable skewers or grilled shrimp.
Watermelon is at it’s best right now and this is a great festive drink. Keep in mind, this is a sweet cocktail – tone down the sweet by using more of the cranberry soda (my husband Kevin’s preference).

– 1 cup seedless watermelon
– 1/4 cup lemon vodka
– 1/4 cup sparkling cranberry juice
– 1 tbsp. Cointreau or triple sec
– 2 limes
– 3 ice cubes
– sugar, for rim

In a blender, combine the watermelon (preferable frozen), vodka, cranberry juice, Cointreau or triple sec, and ice cubes. Pour into a martini glass rimmed with sugar. Float a squeeze of lime on the top and garnish with slice of lime.

The POMtini
I served this with ravioli in a red sauce and a garden salad – it was a surprisingly good match for all of the flavors.
This tasty and decadent cocktail is a perfect quick drink using POM Pomegranate juice.

– 1 oz. POM Pomegranate juice
– 1 1/2 oz. vodka
– 1 1/2 oz. sparkling cranberry juice
– 1/2 oz. sour mix or freshly squeezed lime juice
– 1/2 oz. simple syrup
– ice cubes

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with an orange slice (if you’re handy, you can spiral your orange slice).

What about you? Any great sparkling cocktails you enjoy? Share them by leaving a comment here or at
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Jun. 29, 2011 12:54 pm
WOW! All of the drinks you listed sound wonderful! Thanks for sharing!
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