Augusta National Azalea Cocktail: Friday Cocktail Hour

The perfect cocktail for an afternoon of golf watching

Augusta National- The Masters! Who can remember watching Tiger Woods win his first Green jacket? Or Phil Mickelson’s 20 footer on 18 to win his first major, or Bubba Watson’s incredible shot out of the trees and his tearful green jacket ceremony or Tiger’s come from behind win in 2019. (We’re pulling for your full recovery Tiger). Oh my gosh- so many great memories.

I have a family of golfers- my husband loves and plays the game and our middle daughter, Elizabeth played junior golf in Florida until her senior year in High School when rowing pulled her away. Every Sunday we love to curl up on the sofa and watch golf until we doze lazily into a sweet Sunday nap- except when it’s Sunday at The Masters.

We love watching golf and going to the Bay Hill Invitational, the TPC in Post Vedre and Hunky Hubbie can tell you about every single shot he watched when he went to the Master’s years ago.

This week I am planning a Master’s brunch menu with all the favorites of the fans at Augusta- Pimento Cheese sandwiches, Pecan squares, shrimp and grits, Arnold Palmer’s, and of course, the iconic Azalea Cocktail.

Azaleas in full bloom in my neighborhood this Spring

The Azalea is a simple cocktail of vodka or gin, fresh lemon juice, pineapple juice or nectar and grenadine to give the drink that classic pink hue of the azaleas of the legendary golf tournament. I shake it over ice and serve it with a thin slice of lemon. Keep a pitcher of this tart cocktail in your fridge all weekend.

Cheers!

Garnish with dehydrated pineapple rings or lemon slices.
Add enough grenadine til you have the color and sweetness you desire.
A spectacular old growth oak surrounded by an azalea hedge and a puddle of petals.

The Azalea Cocktail

  • 4 oz vodka or gin

  • 4 oz pineapple nectar

  • 2 oz fresh lemon juice

  • dash of grenadine for color

  • thinly sliced lemon

  • ice

Purchase Pineapple nectar by the can so you won’t have a huge bottle of pineapple juice in your fridge until next year.

Method

  • In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine all the ingredients.
    Mix vigorously until the cocktail shaker is frosted over. Strain into glasses. Serve with a thin slice or lemon.
Our Vodka of choice when mixing Southern Cocktails- Genuis Drive Vodka by the Winter Park Distilling Company
Tart, Lemony, Fresh- Delish!

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