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A Perfect Summer Cocktail to Share with Friends

Article by Ron Taylor, Certified Sommelier, CMS

Photography by Joseph Rivers, Jay Sonata Photography

Originally published in Allen City Lifestyle

As temperatures rise, the cool refreshment of a delicious beverage beckons, promising a reprieve from the sweltering heat. While there is a seemingly endless bevy of sugary and carbonated drinks in convenient cans, with a little extra effort, you can elevate your poolside cocktail experience to delicious heights. How refreshing!


2 oz vodka – neutral corn or potato vodkas, such as Tito's or Luksusowa are optimal
1 oz elderflower liqueur – Florente or St-Germain are excellent
1 oz fresh squeezed Texas ruby red grapefruit juice
½ oz fresh lime juice
½ oz simple syrup

Combine all of the ingredients over ice in shaker tin and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into a coupe or ice filled wine glass and garnish with dehydrated grapefruit slice and fresh mint.

Ron Taylor is a Certified Sommelier through Court of Master Sommeliers. As General Manager of Premier Steakhouses for over 25 years he is responsible for the wine and martini lists, craft cocktail creation.

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