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4 Refreshing Late Summer Cocktails


Mother Nature holds her best bounty for late summer.  Whether you prefer the stone fruit’s juice dripping down your chin or blended into a thirst-quenching cocktail, the ripe peach is the belle of the ball.

These dazzling Santa Margherita cocktails were served at the brand’s She Shed Event last week, where guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and experienced a variety of cooking demos from Top Chef winner, Richard Blais. The ‘Peach Royale’ is Basil & Salt’s late summer favorite.

Summer Cup

Summer CupIngredients

  • 1 oz. Lillet Rose
  • ½ oz. vodka
  • ½ oz. strawberry and rhubarb syrup
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1.5 oz. watermelon Juice


Shake and strain on ice and top with 2 oz. Santa Margherita Sparkling Rosé. Garnish with watermelon radish wheels.

Peach Royale

Peach RoyaleIngredients

  • 1 oz. tequila
  • 1 oz. white peach purée
  • ½ oz. lemon juice
  • ½ oz. simple syrup
  • 3 dashes peach bitters


Shake and strain on ice and top with Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG. Garnish with a peach wedge.

Spritz O'Clock

Spritz O_ClockIngredients

  • 1 oz. Aperol
  • ½ oz. vodka
  • ½ oz. orange juice
  • Dash of passionfruit purée
  • 5 drops of orange flower water


Build over ice and top with Santa Margherita Sparkling Rosé. Garnish with an orange wheel and spray of orange blossom.

Garden Cooler

Garden CoolerIngredients

  • 2 oz. Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio
  • ½ oz. St. Germain
  • ½ oz. lime juice
  • Dash each of celery and cucumber bitters
  • Dash of verjus and saline solution


Build over ice and top with Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG. Garnish with cucumber slice and fresh herbs (shiso, opal basil, chrysanthemum).




We love Bombay Sapphire Gin’s® new campaign, ‘Senses Stirred’

First Major Campaign for the Brand in the US Launches this Summer

Here at basil & salt we love all things beverage and culinary and when we spy imagery consistent with our theme, we love to share. Cocktail recipe below. Enjoy!

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Gin®, the world’s leading premium gin brand by volume and value, announces the debut of its first campaign film dedicated to the BOMBAY & Tonic cocktail. Titled “Senses Stirred”, the film was brought to life by renowned director Alan Masferrer and shows viewers that the perfect gin and tonic goes far beyond being a cocktail – it is an experience for the senses. All five senses are awakened, manifesting the bright, fresh, botanical flavor profile of the heralded, vapor-infused London Dry Gin from BOMBAY SAPPHIRE combined with the precise balance of premium tonic water. From the clink of the ice cubes swirling in a prismatic dance, to the botanical garden enveloped in vapor at sunset, and buoyant balloons rising to burst with botanicals, each element of BOMBAY SAPPHIRE and its iconic serve, the BOMBAY & Tonic, is represented metaphorically through a collage of visually arresting, larger-than-life artistic installations.

As Director Alan Masferrar explains, “I have a particular affinity for the BOMBAY & Tonic as it was the drink my parents met over, so I was definitely excited to collaborate with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE on this campaign to illustrate this story of the ultimate sensory drink experience through our metaphorical installations of the bubbles, vapor mist, sparkling ice cube, citrus and botanical ingredients.”

For more information on BOMBAY SAPPHIRE and products please visit www.BombaySapphire.com. See cocktail recipe below.

G&Pea Cocktail courtesy BombaySapphire.com


  • 25ml Bombay Sapphire
  • 10ml St Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • 100ml Fever-Tree Elderflower Tonic (chilled & freshly opened)
  • 1 heaped tablespoon of frozen garden peas
  • 3 large watercress sprigs


  • Large balloon or Burgundy red wine glass
  • Tablespoon
  • Measuring device
  • Bottle opener for the tonic water


  1. Add the frozen peas & 2 sprigs of watercress to a balloon glass
  2. Pour in the Bombay Sapphire & the elderflower liqueur
  3. Swirl well to infuse
  4. Fill the glass with cubed ice then top with elderflower tonic
  5. Gently fold/stir to mix then garnish with the third sprig of watercress

Bartender Notes

Watercress works really well with Bombay Sapphire because it amplifies the gentle spicy tones of our gin, but don’t let this limit you. Why not try adding rocket salad, micro cress, long peels of carrot, even thinly sliced yellow, orange or red pepper make an amazing, colourful flavour combination.

2 Simple Wine Cocktails for Summer

Light, refreshing afternoon summer sippers.

As heatwaves pummel the west this year, we are looking for ways to keep ourselves cool. These two sweet, summer sips are the perfect way to sit and chill on a warm afternoon.

Note: Always remember to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.

Avaline White Sangrito


  • 1 bottle of Avaline White
  • 3-4 limes, thinly sliced
  • 15-20 mint leaves


  1. Add 3 to 4 sliced lines, mint leaves and a bottle of Avaline White wine to a large jug (or jar) and chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
  2. Serve with ice, a slice of lime and mint leaves for garnish.

Serves 2 to 4

BABE Frosé


  • 4 Cans of  BABE Rosé Tie Dye Cans
  • 1/4 Cup Vodka
  • 4 tbsp. Strawberry Simple Syrup
  • 1/2 Cup Water (for syrup)
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar (for syrup)
  • 1 Cup Finely Chopped Strawberries (for syrup)

Pour the BABE Rosé into a gallon ziplock bag set inside a dish then freeze overnight (don’t be concerned if it’s a little slushy.)

Strawberry Simple Syrup

  1. Combine water and sugar in a bowl and microwave until boiling, about 1 ½ minutes. Stir until sugar dissolves.
  2. Add the chopped strawberries and chill in the refrigerator overnight. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into another bowl then discard strawberry pieces.
  3. Add the frozen BABE Rosé, vodka, and strawberry simple syrup to a blender then blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Serves 4 to 6

Put Together a Mimosa Bar for Mom

Give Mom a relaxing Sunday morning “in” with this simple, delicious and customizable “momosa” bar.

DIY Mimosa Bar

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  • Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore
  • Assorted fruits, sliced (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, kiwi, etc.)
  • Assorted fruit juices (orange, mango, blood orange, lemonade, etc.)
  • 10 mint leaves, torn
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar


  • Blend cups of confectioners’ sugar, mint and lemon together in a blender until smooth. Chill in refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  • Divide the mixture into glasses to add extra sweet flavor
  • Pour Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore into each glass, stir
  • Top with selected juice. Garnish each glass with fruit.

Ruby Rosé Granita

Celebrate National Rosé Day with a slushy summer favorite.

strawberries-om-om-fruits-red-82978-largeAs happens every spring, “Rosé season” has been officially announced. Of course why limit any wine to just a season? We enjoy a chilled pink year round.

The granita recipe is a great summer treat and it’s also a beautiful companion for the holidays, a New Years Eve celebration or to show your perfect Valentine a bit of love.

Although not a “true” granita, this slushy treat will delight your senses and dance in yourlogo tipple and taste mouth. It’s simple enough to whip up for girls night, Sunday Brunch, Mother’s Day or front porch sipping to chill the summer heat. Invite your neighbors, they will love you.

Experiment! Try Raspberries or a different fruit, remembering to strain out seeds and other solids.

Ruby Rosé Granita


Serves 4 – 6

Ruby Rose GranitaIngredients

  • 1 750-ml bottle of Ruby Magdalena Vineyards Rosé of Garnacha
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 8 ounces strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 2 1/2 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 c water
  • 1 1/2 c crushed Ice


  1. Pour rosé into a 9 x 13 sheet pan and freeze for about 6 hours.
  2. In medium sauce pan, bring sugar and 1/2 of water to a boil. Cook, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Add strawberries, remove from heat and set aside for about 30 mins.
  3. Strain strawberry mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a small bowl, careful not to press solids through. Cover and chill til cold, about 30 minutes.
  4. Scrape rosé into blender and add lemon juice, 3 1/2 ounces of strawberry syrup and 1 cup crushed ice. Pureé until smooth.
  5. Put entire blender/jar in freezer for about 25-35 minutes. Blend again before serving.

Rose of Garnacha by Ruby Magdalena Vineyards ~ An award-winning rosé with aromas of strawberry, raspberry and white peach. Subtle fruitiness and a pleasant balance of light sweetness to crisp acidity makes this an approachable wine. Your mom will love this pretty pink bottle of Rose of Garnacha.

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basil & salt’s summer berry cocktail

A bottle of gin, a hot summer evening and great conversation create the most dazzling of cocktails.

Join us in ushering out summer and bringing in fall with our Summer Berry Cocktail. Use all raspberry or blackberry purée or follow our lead and use equal parts of each. Cheers!

Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.
~Rick Blaine; Played by Humphrey Bogart in the film “Casablanca”

Summer Berry Cocktail

  • Difficulty: Sinfully Simple
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Creates 1 cocktail

Glass of Red WineIngredients

  • 2 ounces gin
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 ounce raspberry or blackberry  perfect purée
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


  1. Pour ingredients into cocktail shaker, without the ice. Shake vigorously, more than normal to properly mix egg and sugar.
  2. Add ice and shake again to chill cocktail.
  3. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.


Poolside Perfect Sparkling Summer Cocktails

Poolside Perfection: Sweet Sparkling Watermelon

Few things shout out the coming of summer quite like the arrival of watermelon at your local grocer and farms. Refreshing and delicious, it’s the perfect fruit to eat by the pool and to add to your cocktails. Cool down this summer by the pool with Freixenet’s Sweet Sparkling

Sweet Sparkling Watermelon

Sweet Cuvee WatermelonIngredients

  • 1 watermelon
  • 1 bottle of Freixenet Sweet Cuvée Cava


Cut 1/4th off the top off a seedless watermelon. Scoop out the fruit and purée. Put 2 tbsp in a wine glass, and top off with Freixenet Sweet Cuvée Cava. Pour the remaining purée back in the hollow watermelon to enjoy throughout the day.

Chill Out and Keep Your Cool, Sparkling Sorbet

As we move deeper into summer months, cool down with a refreshing cocktail that will revitalizing your palate: Freixenet’s Sparkling Sorbet, featuring the favorite Cordon Negro Brut. Freixenet Brut is extremely versatile and boasts a palate of apple, pear and bright citrus, making it an easy complement to most ingredients. This icy treat will keep you from melting as you lounge by the pool, but also serves as a chic dessert for a bridal luncheon or homemade brunch on the patio.

Freixenet’s Sparkling Sorbet

Cava SorbetIngredients

  • 1 scoop raspberry sorbet
  • 2-3 raspberries
  • Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava


Place one scoop raspberry sorbet into glass. Top with Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava and garnish with raspberries, or berries of your choice.

Celebrating our Spanish roots, we gave the Bloody Mary a sleek makeover for summer with our La Tomatina Cocktail. Freshening up the familiar flavors into a lighter cocktail that’s perfect for warmer weather, La Tomatina will be an instant crowd pleaser at any brunch. Made with Freixenet Extra Dry Cava, the flavorful and smooth finish will keep you coming back for round two. ¡Olé!

¡Viva España! La Tomatina Cocktail

La TomatinaIngredients

  • 1 tbsp Freixenet Extra Dry Cava
  • 2 tbsp gin
  • 1 tbsp tomato juice
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 dashes hot sauce
  • ½ lemon, juiced

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add Freixenet Extra Dry Cava, tomato juice, gin, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and lemon juice. Add a pinch of celery salt and shake for 20 seconds. Rim glass with salt and pepper and pour. Garnish with a cherry tomato and lemon slice.

Rosé makes any day a celebration, so sparkling rosé sangria is sure to make your summertime beach bash or pool party extra special! Perfect for a large group since you can make it by the pitcher, this light and refreshing sangria recipe gives you the perfect excuse to sip #roséallday and all summer long.

Sparkling Rosé Sangria

Sparkling Sangria 2Ingredients

  • 3 cups Freixenet Cordon Negro Rosé
  • 3 oz triple sec
  • 3 oz brandy
  • 1.5 cup fresh pink grapefruit juice
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 orange

Mix triple sec and brandy and add fresh pink grapefruit juice. Cut 1 lemon, 1 orange, remaining grapefruit and a melon of your choice into thin wedges. Refrigerate overnight. When ready to serve, add Freixenet Cordon Negro Rosé

Sips of Summer with Pavan Liqueur de France

summerHot summer days and warm summer nights are meant for sipping and catching up with friends.

Whether your poolside, seaside or fireside, these sinfully delicious “sips of summer” will dazzle your senses and ignite your soul.

The Pavan White Sangria is perfect for a warm summer evening on the porch chatting with friends and catching up on life.

Cocina 214’s Orange Blossom Margarita is delicate and refreshing. If you’re in the neighborhood, stop in and ask them create this little beauty for your sipping pleasure.

Island dreaming? The Pavan Mediterranean Punch is perfect for seaside sipping with toes in the sand. More rum please!

Pavan White Sangria

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pavan white sangriaIngredients

  • 1 part Pavan Liqueur de France
  • 1 part Dry White Wine ( or Sparkling )
  • Seasonal Fresh Fruits
  • Splash of sparkling water


  1. Pour all ingredients into a pitcher or punch bowl. Serve over ice and top with sparkling water.

Perfect for the front porch and warm summer nights. Pull up a chair and sip and savor with the evening breeze. For more recipes visit Pavan-Liqueur.com

Cocina 214's Margarita Blossom

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  • ½ ounce Pavan Orange Blossom Liqueur
  • ¾ ounce Tierras Tequila
  • ½ ounce Grand Marnier
  • Splash of lime juice
  • Splash of Agave
  • Splash of club soda


  1. Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker with ice, shake 10 seconds and serve.

If you’re in the neighborhood pop in to Cocina 214 and ask them to whip up one of these tasty beauties for you to sip and savor.

Pavan Mediterranean Punch

mediterranian punchIngredients

  • 1 part Pavan Liqueur de France
  • 1 part Cognac or Rum
  • 1 part Pineapple juice
  • 1/2 part lime juice
  • 1/2 part passion fruit juice
  • 1/2 part Cinnamon syrup
  • Brandied Cherries
  • Splash of sparkling water
  • Pineapple wedge


  1. Pour all ingredients into a pitcher or punch bowl. Serve over ice and top with sparkling water, garnish with pineapple wedge.

Sip by the seaside with your toes in the sand. For more recipes like this visit Pavan-Liqueur.com

Backyard Grilling; The Magic of Summer

We are back today and sharing the love of the grill.  Summer time is just around the corner and that means months of barbecue weather and we are collecting recipes!

A cookout, barbecue, backyard party….whatever your best loved term for it is, is a fav of ours because of pre-prep time.  Most of the work is done the day before or the morning of, leaving the actual “party” time to mingle with your guests, friends, fam and neighbors.  Everyone shows up, puts their food on the table, the kids run off, play together and the fellowship begins.  That’s the magic of summer :)

Bulgogi Style Beef

Bulgogi Style Beef

There are a few sites we at Your Home, visit regularly to find and share the best recipes for you to try and today we have pulled out all the stops.  Chef Barry aka CB ( Barry “CB” Martin ), of Welcome to the Cookout has a site you will want to visit often.

You Can Grill Bulgogi Style Beef by Chef Barry, Welcome to the Cookout.  This is an exceptionally delicious post by Chef Barry.  The  combination of flavors are out of this world and the prep and cook time combined is 15 minutes.  Shopping List;  1 pound Beef, chicken, pork (whatever you want to grill ), soy sauce, brown sugar, dark sesame oil, garlic, yellow onions, scallions, toasted sesame seeds, red pepper flakes, fresh ginger and cumin or tumeric.  Read more here….  You can also Follow Chef Barry of Welcome to the Cookout every day on Facebook.

Alida's Kitchen's Balsamic Blueberry Salad.  Delicious!

Alida’s Kitchen’s Balsamic Blueberry Salad. Delicious!

Balsamic Blueberry Salad by Alida’s Kitchen.  Grilling outdoors means salads and there are so many to choose from, pasta, potato, fruit and / or  greens.  I have a weakness for fruit in my salad, either dried or fresh and this one caught my eye right away because of the gorgeous colors.  If you are anything like me, extra blueberries are required because many of them get eaten while preparing the food.   :)  Shopping List;  Baby spinach, arugula, blueberries, cucumber, scallions, feta cheese, fresh ground pepper and Balsamic vinagrette.  This entire site is delightful, if you don’t have time to browse Alida’s Kitchen right now, be sure and bookmark for later.   Full Recipe

Michael Chiarello's Mojito

Michael Chiarello’s Mojito

Mojitos by Michael Chiarello for Cooking Channel TV.  Rum.  Warm weather, sand, palm trees and rum.  Even in the backyard my thoughts turn to a deserted island, a single chair on a beach of white sand and the relaxing sound of waves crashing to the beach.  Summertime simply wouldn’t be complete without it.

A really good Mojito should bring drifts of island dreams to the imagination and this is a great Mojito, using both lemons and limes.    Take a trip to the tropics, with Michael Chiarello’s fantastic cocktail recipe.