Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Grand Marnier's Raspberry Peach for Summer

By Laura Medina

Let's face it, Summer time is ripe with the bounty of fresh, juicy fruit that mere mortals don't know what to do with it.

The ingenious ones think of cocktails but even them are too busy and too tired to pluck, dice, mash, and shake them into cocktails.

Leave it up to the pros at Grand Marnier to come up with Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach, just in time for the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year.

Great time for a pool party and a proper launch...

The first one up is the simplest one, Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach Spritz.  Pour 1/3 Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach first into a tall glass,  dump some simple fresh berries and slices of oranges then top it off with either mineral water/club soda or lemon-lime soda.  Easy-pleasy.

The more advanced mixologists do think creatively and seasonally, Grand Marnier Liquor Snowcone syrups!

Concocting the snowcone syrups may be time-consuming but so well worth it on the longest day of Summer.  Yum, adult snowcones by the pool...

Speaking of pool parties, Grand Marnier set up a GLAMSQUAD hair-styling pop-up tent for updos and braids.  A flower crown booth to dress up for Summer and DJ Rashida and DJ Eque.

Grand Marnier stepped up their game when R&B crooner, Luke James and V. Bozeman gave mini concerts to the people in the pool.

You don't have to have the fancy singers and the fancy pop-up makeover booths to throw your own Grand Marnier pool party.

Just follow these recipes for your own pitcher...

Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach Bellini, just add champagne or sparkling wine.

Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach Spritz, pour in 1/3 liquor into either a pitcher or tall glass, dump into some berries or sliced fresh fruit then fill in the rest with club soda or lemon-lime soda.

Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach White Sangria, 1/4 Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach, 1/4 Sauvignon Blanc, fresh lemon juice, toss in some fresh fruit then top off with soda water.

Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach Spicy Margarita, 1/4 Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach, 1/4 Don Julio Blanco tequila, fill in the rest with Blood Orange Juice, sprinkle in some serrano pepper then squeeze in some lime.

See, easy.

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