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Island Dave’s Cocktail Recipes

Classic Margaritas

Ah yes, the Margarita. A criminally misunderstood cocktail, this poor drink has been twisted (and blended, gasp!) into a sweet, syrupy, hangover inducing frozen concoctions that barely resembles what it should be; a perfectly balanced cocktail of citrusy bite and subtle sweetness. Island Dave’s Margarita Mix goes back to the basics. In your favorite shaker, add 6 0z. Island Dave’s Margarita Mix, 3 oz. 100% Agave Tequilaand about .75 oz of orange liqueur over ice. Shake well. Rim margarita glass with margarita salt and garnish with a lime wheel. Cheers!

 

Island Dave’s Mojitos

Looking for that perfect light and refreshing cocktail on a hot Summer’s day? In your favorite shaker, muddle with love (think bruise, not crush) a sprig worth of mint leaves into about an ounce or two of Island Dave’s mix release juices and essential oils. Add 2 jiggers of light rum ( you’re gonna love La Cana Grande Silver Rum) and ice. Top off your shaker with Island Dave’s and shake well. Garnish with a fresh sprig of mint and lime wheel. Cheers!

 

Island Dave’s Coconut Mojitos

Mojitos island style. In your favorite shaker, muddle with love a sprig of mint into an ounce or two of Island Dave’s Mix. Add 2 jiggers of Coconut Rum ( Largo Bay Coconut Rum is an excellent choice) and ice. Top off shaker with Island Dave’s and shake well. SWEET Summer drinking at its best. Cheers!

 

Mango Mojitos

If you love mango, then I have a treat for you.  In your favorite shaker, muddle with love a sprig of mint into an ounce or two of Island Dave’s Mix. Add 2 jiggers of mango rum ( Parrot Bay Mango Rum is my first choice every time) and ice. Top off shaker with Island Dave’s and shake well. Oh my, this is really good!  Cheers!

 

Passion Fruit Mojitos

Ok, mint just about makes everything taste better. In your favorite shaker, muddle with love a sprig of mint into an ounce or two of Island Dave’s Mix. Add 2 jiggers of passion fruit vodka ( Yes, I said vodka and Opulent Passion Vodka should be your first choice too) and ice. Top off shaker with Island Dave’s and shake well. Wow, what a light tropical cocktail. Cheers!

 

 

Island Dave’s Famous Key Lime Pie 

A perfect after-dinner dessert cocktail with friends. In a shaker, add ice, 2 parts Island Dave’s Margarita Mix and 2 parts whipped cream vodka ( Pinnacle and Total Wine’s Poppin’ are excellent choices). Shake well.  Rim a highball glass with graham cracker crumbs and enjoy. Cheers!

 

 Pina Coladas

Whether at the beach, on the boat or at the pool, this one conjures up thoughts of a tropical Caribbean island. In shaker over ice, add 1 part Largo Bay Coconut Rum and 2 parts Island Dave’s Margarita Mix. Garnish with a slice or two of fresh lime and enjoy being transported to ” De islands”. Cheers!

 

Caipirinha ~ The Official Cocktail Of Brazil

Oh yeah, it’s carnival time but be careful with the cachaça. They don’t call it aqua~benta (holy water) for nothing. In a shaker over ice, add 1 part cachaça (Brazilian rum) and 3 parts Island Dave’s Margarita Mix. Garnish with a lime wedge and Samba time! Cheers!

 

Island Dave’s Lemonade 

Ok, so you’ve sworn off Tequila for the last time after waking up in…uh…never mind. In a shaker over ice, add 2 parts Island Dave’s Margarita Mix and 1 part Vodka (Tower Vodka from Texas is my top choice). Rim your glass with sugar  and leave those Tequila stories behind. Cheers!

 

Peach Hairy Navel

The perfect Summer cocktail, this all natural variation of the Peach Fuzzy Navel will tantalize your taste buds with the taste of fresh ripe peaches. In your favorite shaker filled with ice, add 1 part peach vodka (Veil Peach is an excellent choice) and 2 parts Island Dave’s Margarita Mix. Shake well and enjoy those favorite Summer memories. Cheers!

 

Classic Gimlet

Looking for that sophisticated classic cocktail that would make Don Draper from Mad Men proud? Give Island Dave’s Classic Gimlet a try. In your favorite shaker over ice, add two parts Island Dave’s Margarita Mix and one part Gin (G & J Greenall’s is smooth, creamy and mild). Serve in a chilled Martini glass and garnish with a lime wedge. Cheers!

 

Whiskey Sour

For a throw back to those college years, try an Island Dave’s Whiskey Sour. In your favorite shaker over ice, add two parts Island Dave’s Margarita Mix and one part Bourbon ( Two Stars is a treasure to be found). Serve in a chilled  glass with a Boda Bing cherry and a drop or two of cherry juice. Cheers!

 

Pear Martinis 

Often called “blissful” and “a true taste of Summer”, if you are looking for a crisp, cool, kinda sweet (but not too sweet ) cocktail then this might become your favorite too. In your favorite shaker over ice, add  two parts Island Dave’s Margarita Mix to one part pear infused vodka (Veil Pear Vodka is excellent). Shake well and serve in a chilled martini glass garnished with a pear slice. Cheers!

 

Island Dave’s Mai Tai

For a true “polynesian escape”, sip on one of Island Dave’s Mai Tai cocktails. In your favorite shaker, add 1.5 oz. of spiced rum, 1.5 oz. of coconut rum (you’re going to love Largo Bay Coconut Rum and Largo Bay Spiced Rum), 3 oz. of Island Dave’s Margarita Mix, 3 oz. of pineapple juice and 1 tsp. of Rose’s red grenadine. Fill with crushed ice and shake well. Garnish with a pineapple wedge. Cheers!

 

Island Dave’s Perfect Cosmo

Looking for that perfect Cosmo on a hot summer day that not too sweet and too tart? In your favorite shaker add
3 oz. of Vodka (think 8 Degrees here), 3 oz. of Island Dave’s Margarita Mix, 3 oz. cranberry juice and about 1 – 1 ½ oz. of orange liqueur. Fill with crushed ice and shake well. Garnish with a little orange peel. Cheers!

 

Amanda Eakin’s Southern Belle

In your favorite shaker over crushed ice, add 2 to 2 1/2 oz. of bourbon (Black Powder or Two Stars Bourbon are excellent choices), 1 1/2 oz. of peach schnapps, 1 1/2 oz. of Island Dave’s then fill with ginger ale. Stir well and garnish with a sprig of mint. Cheers!

 

Cucumber Infused Vodka with Basil Martini 

You’re gonna love this light and very refreshing cocktail. In your favorite shaker, muddle in two or three leaves of fresh basil into an ounce or two of Island Dave’s Mix. Add two jiggers of cucumber infused vodka ( 8 Degrees Cucumber Vodka or Prairie’s Organic Cucumber Vodka are excellent choices). Fill shaker with crushed ice, top off with Island Dave’s Mix and shake well. Garnish with a cucumber wedge if desired and enjoy. Cheers!

 

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