Summer Cocktails for FreshDirect

If you live in the New York metropolitan area, including parts of New Jersey, Connecticut and Philadelphia, you know ALL about FreshDirect, an online grocer that delivers fresh and prepared food to your door. It’s pretty much a godsend for anyone entertaining, cooking for a group or planning an event, because no one, and I mean NO ONE wants to lug gigantic cheese platters home on the subway. I’ve used them for years for my regular grocery needs, as well as for BBQs and cocktail events that I’ve produced – where they’d deliver fresh fruit, mixers, beer and wine. Guess what ELSE they are now delivering? BOOZE! That’s right, this game-changing move has turned FreshDirect into a one-stop online shop for all of your entertaining needs. Even if you’re just entertaining your own mouth! This is pretty exciting, you guys. Do you know how I was informed of this glorious news? Each season FreshDirect includes a brochure/insert in 50,000 of their boxes that go out over a two-week period, and they wanted me to create a few summer cocktail recipes to be included in their summer brochure! And to be posted on their blog. Of course, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to contribute to this very New York institution. Check out the recipes below, as well as their growing list of boozy bottles

Watermelon Mint Margs

Frozen Watermelon Mint Margaritas
Makes 4

2 cups cubed watermelon
10 sprigs of mint
1 cup Cimarron Blanco Tequila
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 cup Cointreau
2-3 cups of ice
1 ounce turbinado sugar
Pinch of salt

In a blender, combine the watermelon, mint leaves from 6 of the sprigs, tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur, sugar, ice, and salt. Blend until pureed. Divide into 4 glasses. Garnish with mint sprig.

montauk palmer

The Montauk Palmer
Makes 1

4 ounces unsweetened iced tea
2 ounces fresh-squeezed lemon juice
2 ounces Montauk Black Sail Rum
1 1/2 ounces maple syrup
FreshDirect Italian Sparkling Mineral Water
Lemon wedge for garnish

In a shaker, combine the iced tea, lemon juice, rum, and maple syrup. Fill the shaker with ice and shake until well chilled. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass and top with FreshDirect soda. Give it a stir and garnish with a lemon wheel.

bittersweet collins

Bittersweet Collins
Makes 1

2 ounces FAIR Quinoa Vodka
2 ounces grapefruit juice
1/2 ounce Campari
1/2 ounce agave nectar
Pink peppercorns
FreshDirect Italian Sparkling Mineral Water

At the bottom of a cocktail shaker, muddle 3 sprigs of basil with half a tablespoon of pink peppercorns. Add the vodka, grapefruit juice, Campari and agave, and fill with ice. Shake until well chilled. Strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Top with soda. Garnish with basil.


All of the beautiful images courtesy of FreshDirect

4 Comments on Summer Cocktails for FreshDirect

  1. lmgiachino
    July 22, 2015 at 10:07 am (6 years ago)

    I am obsessed with this! I LOVE FreshDirect and I want to hear all about this next time we grab drinks 🙂

    • Prairie Rose
      July 24, 2015 at 12:05 pm (6 years ago)

      The watermelon margs are SO GOOD. They go down a little too easy, actually! haha. So, be forewarned! Let me know what you think!


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