Summer Drinks for your Backyard Get Togethers: Mango Mimosa's, Sour Apple Martini's and Mojito's

This weekend is Memorial Day Weekend in the USA and the unofficial start of summer parties, gatherings, bbq's, wedding showers, friends and more.  There are some social drinks that go perfectly with the warmer summer weather and these are three of them.  Mimosa's, Sour Apple Martini's and Mojito's.  The difference in this mimosa is that it's made with my personal favorite fruit; mangoes.  

I've had these drink recipes sitting in my personal files for about 5 years already and realized I've never posted them.  Well, here they are!   

Note that you will see one calls for simple syrup.  This is just a mixture of 2 cups sugar in 1 cup boiling water.  Let it cool completely (you can even keep it in your refrigerator if you enjoy these drinks often).   The recipes are for individual sized portions so adjust accordingly to as many as you want to make.

Mango Mimosa

Heavy splash  (about 1 1/2 teaspoons) of mango puree or nectar
Heavy splash of simple syrup
Heavy splash of peach schnapps
1 c  Champagne, chilled

Combine mango puree, syrup and schnapps in a champagne flute; stir. Top with Champagne. Garnish with a small piece of mango if you wish.

Sour Apple Martini

1/4 c vodka
3 T sour-apple schnapps
Splash melon liqueur
Splash of fresh lime juice
A thin Granny Smith apple slice to garnish

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake 1/2 minute, until ice crystals form; strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish.


4 mint sprigs
6 thin wedges of a lime
1 t  sugar - superfine
1/4 c light rum
Chilled club soda
Mint sprig and lime slice, for garnish

Put 4 mint sprigs in tall glass with lime pieces and sugar. Using wooden spoon, mash mixture to release oil from sprigs and press out lime juice. Add rum; stir until sugar is dissolved. Add ice cubes. Top with club soda. Garnish.

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