A delicious summer cocktail idea

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Summer cocktail recipe ideas  | Photo by Elisabeth Carol Photography | 100 Layer Cake

July’s almost over, but fall is still far from on the mind. Especially when a few delish summer spirits pop up in the 100lc inbox, like these drinks from Naomi Pak, complete with fresh fruit syrups and sweet styling by Lindsey Zamora.

Naomi says, We love the idea of making homemade simple syrups with the beautiful, ripe fruits available in the warmer months. You can use this syrup to make drinks and cocktails that are perfect for entertaining this summer.

More photos by Elisabeth Carol Photography below…

Summer cocktail recipe ideas  | Photo by Elisabeth Carol Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Ingredients:
2 cups fruit juice (We used a mix of white peach, raspberry, grapefruit, and lime)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
Topo Chico or any sparkling water
vodka
ice
mint, extra fruit for garnish

To make the syrup:
1. Choose any variety of fruit that are in season and ripe.
2. Clean fruit and cut up into small pieces, removing rinds and seeds where necessary.
3. Purée fruit in blender then pour mixture through a fine mesh sieve, yielding two cups of juice.
4. Combine juice, water and sugar in a stockpot and bring to a boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until the syrup has thickened.
5. Let the syrup cool completely, then store in the refrigerator.

Summer cocktail recipe ideas  | Photo by Elisabeth Carol Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Summer cocktail recipe ideas  | Photo by Elisabeth Carol Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Summer cocktail recipe ideas  | Photo by Elisabeth Carol Photography | 100 Layer Cake

To make the cocktail:
For the cocktail, combine 2 parts syrup, to one part water and one part vodka, with a splash of lime. Garnish with mint or extra fruit.

Non-alcoholic spritzer:
Fill a glass halfway with ice, then top off 3 oz. of syrup with 5 oz. of sparkling water.

Summer cocktail recipe ideas  | Photo by Elisabeth Carol Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Summer cocktail recipe ideas  | Photo by Elisabeth Carol Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Summer cocktail recipe ideas  | Photo by Elisabeth Carol Photography | 100 Layer Cake

Here’s to summer!

Photography: Elisabeth Carol Photography / Styling: Lindsey Zamora / Coordinating: Naomi Pak

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Naomi Pak on Jul 23, 2014

Thanks for featuring our little DIY shoot! We had so much fun making these cocktails and hope that your readers will too. Cheers!

Elisabeth Carol on Jul 23, 2014

Yay!!! Love! Thanks so much for the feature!!

Thalia @ butter and brioche on Jul 24, 2014

yum.. i could definitely kick back with a glass right now. so perfect for summer!

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