A favorite summer tradition that we have in our household is to always have a summer bar on the ready. That means having a lot of fresh ingredients and mixers and ice stockpiled. There's nothing better than coming home on a hot summer day or when friends stop in, than to have a refreshing drink on hand. Often that means a nice cocktail like the Somatcha Sparkling Matcha + Gin Sparkler we shared with you.
Often though, as a good host, you'll also want to have exciting summer mocktail options. Seis has four (great!) kids under the age of 16 who are in NYC with us (one full time and the all of them in the summer) and we also have a lot of health conscientious friends so having a bar that's friendly to all needs and wants and that is inclusive is important.
A really simple tip to the perfect summer bar is to just have a lot of fresh fruits and herbs on hand and to muddle them. Personally, we always have fresh citrus fruit (lemons and limes but also occassionally oranges and tangerines), strawberries and blackberries. We tend to always have basil and mint, jalepenos and cucumber. You can use other great ingredients like fresh ginger or rosemary. Just think about it a little bit and if something strikes your fancy while you're at the market grab it, prep it, and see if it takes. These are all great ingredients to create fun summer mocktails and cocktails. It's super simple to prep and a lot of fun to let guests and family members get creative at the bar.
Now, a simple rule of thumb for the bar is to always plenty of seltzer water, some fresh fruit juices (grapefruit, orange, pomegranate) and the ingredients you want to muddle. As mentioned in our last post, we've been playing with Somatcha Sparkling Matcha to create fun summer mocktails. What we love about Somatcha is that it already has bubbles so no seltzer water is needed, it has a little bit of sweetner so you don't need simple syrup to muddle your ingredients, and matcha has a ton of positive health benefits.
Matcha is rich in antioxidants, linked to cell health that promotes anti-aging, linked to heart health, and it gives you a clean caffeine energy boost combined with L-Theanine that creates calm and mental focus. We just can't say enough good things about the benefits of matcha (it's why we created Somatcha!).
Okay, so the recipe we’re sharing with you is so simple. On the table we also have fresh pineapple, mango, lemon. Like I say, there are no real rules to what you can or can't use for your muddle. Get creative!
Somatcha Sparkling Matcha + Berries & Mint Muddle
Somatcha Sparkling Matcha + Blackberries & Mint Muddle Ingredients
Somatcha Sparkling Matcha (Original or Zero Calorie)
Small handful of blackberries (4-5 berries)
Somatcha Sparkling Matcha + Blackberries & Mint Muddle Equipment
Tall cocktail glass