Summer Cocktail Craziness

Deadly Venom CocktailsWhat do you get when one of the hottest mixology companies in town teams up with North County’s own Venom Vodka at the Encinitas Foodie Fest VIP After-Party? Smoke & Mirror’s Cocktail Company aptly titled Deadly Venom walloping watermelon creation. Visit to book San Diego’s sensational Chris Simmons and Shawn Barker for your next party. Or, try the recipe below to concoct your own killer cocktails.

Deadly Venom

1 1/2  oz Venom Vodka (available at Albertsons and other local retailers)
3 oz Fresh Watermelon mint juice*
1/2 oz Fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 oz Serrano Simple Syrup**

*To make watermelon mint juice, combine small seedless watermelon with ¼ pound mint in blender and mix.

**To make Serrano Simple Syrup, Combine 1 cup water with 1 cup granulated sugar in small pot. Slice 5 Serrano Peppers and add to mixture. Slowly simmer over low heat until sugar completely dissolves. Strain the peppers and chill the syrup.

Shawn Barker of Smoke & Mirrors Cocktail CompanyChris Simmons of Smoke & Mirrors Cocktail CompanyVenom Vodka

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About Jolee Pink

I am a California-based writer, designer, artist, super foodie and avid traveler. I view travel as a superlative learning experience and have visited nearly 50 countries. As the author of Living Coastal: Inspirations for Entertaining, Decorating and Cooking California Style, I brought together artists and chefs to capture the spirit of San Diego influenced by the Pacific Ocean. The Wabisabi Green lifestyle blog focuses on art, design, food and travel. My colorful ceramic sculpture has received national recognition and is on permanent display at Rady Children’s Hospital. I also design and market a boutique eco-friendly textile line featuring bold modern motifs based on nature, world travels and the southern California coastal lifestyle.
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