Sparkling Summer Lemonade

by James Stevenson

I love using seltzer water in cocktails because it brings a fresh and light flavor to the drink. It is especially tasty to use seltzer in cocktails on those hot days. Today I am sharing a cocktail with White Claw Hard Seltzer, which is a sparkling seltzer water that has 5% alcohol and fresh fruit.

Not only is this seltzer water spiked it is also low carb and gluten free. I love this seltzer water because you can make a cocktail with it or just serve it chilled for a light beverage. This is a great option for people looking to imbibe on the healthier side this summer. It’s a great healthy alternative to a vodka soda or white wine especially when there are three natural flavors to choose from including Natural Lime, Black Cherry and White Claw Ruby Grapefruit. In saying this I am including White Claw Hard Seltzer in a lot of my summer drinking because as someone who does a lot of summer entertaining I have to have a balance. I love rotating between my favorite bourbon cocktails and White Claw so that I feel equalized not only in alcohol content but also with calories. It’s also a good option to have on hand for outdoor events, as it is a pre mixed drink in a convenient 12-ounce can.

I recently had a backyard party and decided to substitute my regular seltzer with White Claw in my cocktail. I love topping off my cocktails with seltzer water and this one adds an additional flavor pop. Anyway back to my story I decided to create a summer lemonade with blackberries and black cherry White Claw; let me tell you that this cocktail was a hit. The blackberries were muddled with fresh lemon juice and honey, which was the base of this cocktail, then it was topped off with White Claw Black Cherry seltzer. I made so many of these that my friends have now all gone home with the complete recipe. All the components made this a well rounded a fun summer cocktail especially for entertaining.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 ounces of vodka
  • 1 ounce of lemon juice
  • ½ ounce of honey syrup
  • 8 blackberries plus more for garnish
  • 1 cup of ice
  • 2-3 ounces of White Claw Black Cherry Seltzer

Garnish: Blackberries and Lemon Slices

Instructions:

  1. In a shaker muddle blackberries with lemon juice and honey syrup
  2. Add ice and vodka to the shaker then shake the mixture
  3. Strain mixture into serving glass then top with White Claw Black Cherry Seltzer

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