New York, NY – by Contributing Editor Catherine Petree
NOTE: 24 Hour needed to prep.
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 vanilla bean, split
3 small fresh mint sprigs
3 cups water
3 cups fresh lemon juice (about 26 to 30 lemons)*
2 cups of fresh lime juice (about 20 limes)*
8 to 16 ounces Absolute Citron Lemon Vodka, about 1 to 2 cups, more or less to taste
I 4-Ounce Tin Sweetini Cocktail Rim Sugar
*2 (12fl) containers of frozen lemonade concentrate
Combine sugar, vanilla bean, 3 small fresh mint sprigs, and water in a medium saucepan.
Bring mixture to a medium heat; make sure to stir while heating.
Let simmer for 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and let cool in refrigerator over night.
Pour through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a larger glass pitcher.
Stir in Vodka.
Stir in crushed ice.
Garnish with fresh limes, lemons and mint.
GARNISH THE GLASS
Fresh rosemary sprigs
2 lemon & lime slices per glass
Optional: Dip the rim of glass in lemon juice, then place rim of glass in Sweetini Cocktail Rim Sugar.
As a Texas native, Braden Bradley made the move to New York City in 2010 after receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas State University to experience the opportunities the city has to offer. After being named Mr. Gay New York, starring in Pride: The Series, maintaining his charity column in Social Life Magazine, and volunteering for The Trevor Project, Braden discovered that life is truly what we make of it. He is also an active member of the Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village and can be found singing in the gospel choir. Braden currently works as a publicist in New York City.
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