Balmy Sunset Cocktail

Besides my wine I enjoy an occasional fruit flavored drink, especially in the summer time. Even though it is winter in Michigan right now (the oranges are especially delicious this time of the year) I thought I would bring a touch of “sunshine” to everyone.

This cocktail comes from Susan Belsinger and Carolyn Dille, who were two of the first “herbalists” I came to enjoy way back in the 1980’s when we first moved to our 75 acre “farm”. I was all about gardening and growing herbs and lots of veggies. The kids like this beverage too – just leave out the rum! This recipe is 30 years old and I figured it was about time to include it in my blog. It first appeared in Gourmet Magazine in 1980.

Balmy Sunset Cocktail, Adapted

  • 1-1/2cups unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 3/4 cup dark rum (I used only 1/2 cup)
  • 1-1/2 tsp. Grenadine
  • few dashes of Angostura bitters (I used regular but Orange bitters would be good too)
  • 4 lemon balm sprigs (I used 2 sprigs of mint and a slice of lemon)
  • sparkling water or seltzer (optional)
  • cherries to garnish

Muddle the lemon balm sprigs or rub them with your fingers to release their fragrance in a pitcher.ย  As it is in the middle of winter I only had mint to use which I grow under lights. I also added a slice of lemon. Add the first fiveย  ingredients and allow to blend for 3 hours or overnight.

Remove the sprigs of lemon balm (mint and lemon slice). Rub the rims of four chilled glasses with a lemon balm leaf or use a lemon. Serve on the rocks and garnish with more lemon balm leaves (I added cherries) and a splash of sparkling water or seltzer if needed.

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Linking to Fiesta Friday #208

11 thoughts on “Balmy Sunset Cocktail

  1. This sounds like a wonderful summer drink, maybe one to make it a big pitcher for a party. I am pinning it for our housewarming in mid-May. Thank you. I like that I can easily make it non-alcoholic for any kids and it isn’t “knock-your-socks-off” strong.


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