Tip: In any cocktail that features liquor, quality matters. You don’t want to have to keep adding ingredients to mask the taste of the liquor; instead you want a mellow flavor that will complement the other ingredients.
No. 2: John Cuismano's Texas 40 Cocktail
Rach’s hubby (and house cocktail master) John whipped up this refreshing gin cocktail for Sunny Anderson’s 40th birthday. The gin is paired with refreshing lemon juice, St. Germaine liqueur (made from elderflowers), and a splash of bitters. The drink is shaken, poured over ice, and then topped with pink champagne.
This salty gin cocktail combines salt and the tang of grapefruit to create a perfect adult beverage to sip on the porch.
No. 5: Josh Capon's Chile-Rubbed Mango Margarita
Josh Capon’s second margarita to make our list takes it up a notch. This chile-rubbed mango margarita is both sweet and spicy, and would pair perfectly with some grilled carne asada or fajitas.
No. 6: Andrew Zimmern's Cucumber-Mint Lemonade
This delicious lemonade combines the tartness of lemon, the brightness of mint and the mellow taste of cucumber for a virgin beverage the whole family can enjoy. Add your favorite liquor if you want to make it adult-only!