Now that we've learned a few tips for creating our own cocktails, we've been experimenting a bit. We've found one combination that's super-simple and refreshing using Trader Joe's Villa Italia Blood Orange Italian Soda.
OK, so we didn't exactly follow the fresh juice tip, but it's still really tasty ...Blood Orange Gin Fizz
1 ounce gin
Blood orange soda
Muddle the mint and lemon slices in a glass. Add ice and gin, and top off with soda.
Related: Recipe: Elderflower Cordial Cocktail
(Images: Joanna Miller)