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Celebrate the End of Summer with These Delicious and Easy Cocktail Recipes

If you are heading to the beach for that last bit of summer vacation try these easy and delicious cocktails to savor while sitting at the beach, pool, or in the backyard.  Whether you like a light wine or a gin infused cocktail, Chef and blogger, Leigh Ann Chatagnier has just the right cocktail for you. 

Recipes/photos reprinted with permission by
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Strawberry Rosé Sangria
Serves 4-6

-1 Bottle Rosé
-2 Cans Strawberry Zevia-4 Oz. Vodka
-1/4 Cup Lime Juice
-2 Cups Fresh Strawberries
-Crushed Ice 

Directions: –
-Add rosé, vodka, lime juice, and strawberries to a large pitcher and chill for 1 hour to let strawberries infuse.
-When ready to serve, add Strawberry Zevia soda and then stir to combine.
-Add ice and some of the infused strawberries to glasses and then pour sangria over top.
-Serve immediately.

If your tastes run to gin drinks, try this cocktail that is also healthy for you:

The Boozy Green Elixir
Serves 4-6

For the Simple Syrup-

    2 Stalks of Lemongrass
    1 Inch Piece of Fresh Ginger
    1/2 Cup of Water
    1/2 Cup Sugar

Other Ingredients:

    1 Cup of Peeled and Diced Cucumber
    1/2 Cup Fresh Mint
    1/4 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
    4 Oz. Bombay Sapphire Gin 
    Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic Water (Buy it Here)
    Crushed Ice


Make simple syrup by combining water, sugar, lemongrass stalks, and ginger into a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer until sugar has dissolved and let sit for 15 minutes.  Strain the syrup and chill thoroughly. (will keep in the refrigerator for up to a month)
Blend cucumber in a food processor or blender and then strain through a fine mesh strainer to get the juice.  (you should have about 1/2 Cup)
Add cucumber juice, mint leaves, gin, and 2 Oz. of Simple Syrup into a cocktail shaker and muddle the mint leaves into the liquid.  Add a few ice cubes and shake until chilled.
Pour over crushed ice and top off with elderflower tonic water.
Garnish with more mint, lemon, and cucumber and serve immediately.

Leigh Ann Chatagnier loves to share favorite recipes with her social media followers.  As the founder of My Diary of Us, Leigh Ann invites visitors to come into her kitchen and cook with her and her family.  She is a frequent guest on Houston Life, and cooks up family-friendly meals on Home & Family on The Hallmark Channel and NBC Syndicated Daytime.  She has been featured in Louisiana Cookin’ magazine, Red Trycycle and inRegister.  Leigh Ann is the author of two cookbooks, The Unexpected Cajun Kitchen: Classic Cuisine with a Twist of Farm-to-Table Freshness (Skyhorse/2016), and Natural Baby & Toddler Treats: Homemade, Nourishing Recipes for Baby and Beyond (Skyhorse/2019).  

Leigh Ann lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and young son.  Visit her at

About the Author

New York Trend is a weekly news publication that focuses on issues and lifestyles of the African & Caribbean American communities throughout the New York metropolitan area and Nassau and Suffolk Counties of Long Island. It is a respected and well recognized news publication that has been in existence since 1989. Owner, Publisher and Executive Director, Dr. Teresa Taylor Williams has been at the helm of this award-winning publication since its inception. New York Trend continues to be the only black woman-owned, metropolitan newspaper in New York and Long island. New York Trend is the largest black-owned newspaper throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.

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