What better way to usher in Summer with a few refreshing cocktail recipes to wow your guests with.  Some with a kick, some virgin…

How to make an energizing cold brewed tea

Photos and Styling by The Artful Desperado


– A clean glass bottle or container (I prefer glass as it won’t leach any nasty stuff)

– 1 kaffir lime leaf

– Organic yerba mate – about 3 tablespoons per cup of water

– A few slices of fresh ginger

– Water


– Combine all ingredients, stick’em in the bottle.

– Let it sit overnight.

– Wake up, do some stretches, thank the sun for this amazing day, go to the kitchen, strain the brewed tea.

– Bottle up and enjoy!


Grapefruit Mojitos


•  1/2 lime, quartered

•  half moon, thin slice of grapefruit

•  8-10 mint leaves

•  1 tablespoon sugar

•  60ml white rum

•  30ml freshly squeezed grapefruit juice

•  1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice

•  60ml soda water

•  ice cubes


1. Combine the lime quarters, grapefruit slice, mint leaves, and sugar in a cocktail glass.  Muddle.

2. Add the rum, grapefruit and lime juice, and stir together until sugar has dissolved.  Finish with club soda and one or two large ice cubes.

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Earl Grey Infused Gin Cocktail

Earl Grey Infused Gin Cocktail

Paul and Andrea J. Bartholomew from theframedtable.com


Serves: 1

3 tbs  simple syrup (see Notes for recipe)
45ml lemon juice
80ml Earl Grey infused gin (see Notes for recipe)
3 ice cubes (see Notes for recipe)
soda water (sodium free)
dried rose tea buds (optional, for garnish – we used Damask Rose Tea Buds from Harrods in London, of course)


In a collins glass, combine simple syrup, lemon juice and the infused gin. Stir.
Add 3 ice cubes and top off the glass with club soda. Stir again.
If additional charmingness is desired for presentation, add an optional garnish of dried rose tea buds.


• INFUSED GIN: add 2 tbs loose leaf Earl Grey tea to 230ml Gin and it let set for 2 hours covered at room temperature. Filter into another container for use later.

• SIMPLE SYRUP: mix 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool. Pour into a glass jar and cover. Makes about 1½ cups and will keep in the refrigerator for a few months.

• ICE CUBES: chip pieces off an iceberg from your transatlantic ocean liner voyage and form into cube-like shapes, approximately 2 to 4cm. Keep below 0°C until ready to prepare this cocktail.


 Gin cocktail with a sprig of rosemary



  1. A slice of lime
  2. A sprig of rosemary
  3. One shot of Gin
  4. Tonic

Muddle lime at the bottom of the glass

Place the rosemary on the glass and fill with ice

Pour gin and then top up with tonic

Stir with rosemary sprig and serve

 Now how’s is that for a good way to start Summer…
Do you have any great cocktail recipes? Share them with us! And send us pics of your summer concoction.