Homemade Juice Cocktail

Summer has finally arrived in Milwaukee, and with that said, it is the season of grilling brats, and sipping on summer cocktails.  As my wife and I were doing a lot of yard work last week, and I mean a lot of it (I should say that she did pretty much all of it), I decided to stir up some concoction of homemade juice as I knew it would be extremely refreshing.  Yes, I have still been juicing every morning after my workout, so this was somewhat of a no- brainer to throw together.  The great thing about this is that you can come up with any number of variations, but I thought this one worked very well, and it allowed me to utilize a bunch of fresh mint from our garden.

Homemade Juice Cocktail

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 pints fresh blueberries
  • 1 pint strawberries, stems removed
  • 15 limes, squeezed
  • 2 lemons, squeezed
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 1 cup fresh mint, chopped
  • Ice
  • Booze of your liking (optional)

Start by making a simple syrup. Add the sugar and water to a pot, bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar, then remove from the heat and let cool.

Using your juicer, juice the berries. Add the juice to a pitcher, or very large mason jar. Add in the lemon and lime juice, additional water, the cooled simple syrup, and the mint. Stir, or shake.

Serve over cold ice. If you are using alcohol such as gin, rum, or vodka, add to a shaker, along with ice, and serve.

Super refreshing, and super good for you to boot. What’s your favorite summer time juice concoction?

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

2 thoughts on “Homemade Juice Cocktail

  1. I make smoothies. I use a combination of fresh and frozen fruits.. whatever i have on hand. That way the flavor doesn’t get diluted with ice. Last night I made a blueberry, blackberry and strawberry smoothie(all frozen fruits in a store brand “berry mix” bag), all natural vanilla greek yogurt, some OJ to help the blenderization, and plenty of malibu coconut spiced rum. Super delish! I’ve used frozen mango(fresh never seems to be good here in the North) peaches, strawberries, pineapple, banana, raspberries, and seeded(completely seeded!) watermelon.

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