It’s officially summer in Chicago and I couldn’t be happier. The days are longer and spent outside soaking up the sun, splashing in the water, and my personal favorite….dining al fresco. And if you ask me, there is nothing that makes dinner more special than lighting a few candles, playing some music, and eating under the stars. Does this sound like heaven to you to? Then let me tell you about the one thing that will put the metaphorical cherry on top of your summer dinner sundaes….my favorite summer drink: the Twig ‘n Berry Cocktail.
Yes, that’s right, I named a drink after my blog. Why? Because if you ask me, a cocktail gets elevated to being Instagram worthy when you add beautiful and delicious garnishes to it…and that is how the Twig ‘n Berry cocktail was born!
So without any further ado, here is the recipe for my light and refreshing Twig ‘n Berry cocktail:
One part vodka
One part orange or tangerine juice
One shot of sparkling water
½ shot of simple syrup
Mix together all ingredients in a martini shaker if you are only making one or two cocktails, or mix in a pitcher. Once chilled, garnish with a strawberry (they are in season right now) and a sprig of thyme. Why thyme instead of the other herbs growing in your garden? It stands up well to the acidity of the juice and it provides a great flavor combination with the strawberry. Don’t have thyme? Rosemary or mint is a great substitute.
Here’s to hoping you enjoy many delicious meals and yummy cocktails with the fireflies this summer! Oh, and don’t forget to much on some delish dishes while enjoying your cocktail….these easy appetizers are my absolute f a v o r i t e.