TODAY | July 05, 2013
>>> it is a good, long holiday weekend to invite friends and family over. that's where the drinks come in.
>> the party doesn't stop here.
>> right, maria is here with a cold one for all ages and yes we placed mel in front of the one drink that has booze in it.
>> let's get wasted.
>> you have a tai chi going on.
>> they're perfect because you have to enjoy the party and not have to make drinks and they look great too. we have one easy. we did a cold press. that's the perfect thing to use. people only use it for coffee but you can use it for tea too and then soy milk . you can pour these right into here.
>> that doesn't look good though.
>> that looks like baby milk .
>> it's a little sweet. so it's a good -- it's a trick. it's a trick pitcher.
>> there we go.
>> there you go. you can taste that one. that's your favorite right there. it's a spin on a traditional iced tea .
>> it's quite good. it's really good. do you want to try one.
>> you have to taste. soy is a great alternative if you want to be lactose free too.
>> it's not bad.
>> it's not bad.
>> no alcohol yet.
>> and sparkling sweet tea . it's a southern staple but it can be too sweet for some of us. cut it with water or club soda .
>> take red sweet tea and mix it with that.
>> we're cutting it in half.
>> how many calories is this.
>> well, half the calories. you're taking away half. so it's more refreshing.
>> great and what about leaf-wise.
>> do you like that one.
>> i like sweet tea .
>> is that too sweet for you.
>> yeah, now alcohol just for you.
>> i'm not an alcoholic by the way.
>> this is our fresh basil and when you use fresh herbs it's great. so we're going to crumble it to get the flavor to come out.
>> what's in there already?
>> a honey syrup. simple syrup but we made it with honey. and bitters is the salt and pepper of drink makers.
>> i'm going to muddle this and that's fresh lemon juice .
>> all of it?
>> always used fresh squeezed lemon juice . this is the pineapple honey vodka.
>> oh. now we're talking.
>> it smells so --
>> i tell you.
>> you do one, i'll do one.
>> here's our pineapple honey vodka and then you see we poured it into our glasses. this is beautiful basil.
>> that looks lovely.
>> this is topped off with a little club soda .
>> and you too.
>> you're the only one drinking vodka so early in the morning .
>> it's a refreshing cocktail. isn't that a great summer cocktail.
>> that's very sweet though.
>> too sweet for you.
>> a bit too sweet.