Summer Party Drinks

Well, summer must be here!  It’s HOT here in NJ (and I LOVE it).  As I was enjoying the heat and contemplating this post, I thought that the perfect thing to talk about on this hot day is yummy summer party drinks.  Of course, these drinks are good all year-long, but are especially appropriate and fun for the summer.

Non-alcoholic drinks:

Summer Tea Punch
Makes 24 punch cup servings

– A bubbly tea-based punch with zing.

2 cups very strong chilled tea
1 quart apple cider
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 quart chilled ginger ale
Lemons, sliced thinly

1. Combine tea, cider and lemon juice in a punch bowl.
2. Just before serving, add ice cubes and stir in the ginger ale.
3. Top with lemon slices for garnish.

Lemon Berry Slush
Makes 2 servings

1/3 cup lemon juice
1 cup water
1 cup frozen strawberries, thawed, with juice
1/4 cup sugar
1 tray ice cubes

In a blender, blend the lemon juice, water, strawberries with juice, sugar, and ice cubes until slushy. Serve in a tall glass with a straw.

Alcoholic drinks:

White Wine Sangria
A refreshing blend of sustainable wine and seasonal fruits.  Serves 4-6

1 bottle of white wine (Sauvignon Blanc from California’s Frog’s Leap Winery; Riesling from Washington’s Badger Mountain; Chardonnay from Oregon’s Willamette Valley Vineyards)
2 shots rum (Matraga or Utkins)
1 peach, cut into wedges
1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
1 nectarine, cut into wedges
1/2 cup lemonade (for pre-made organic, Purity’s or Calories in 365)
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup ginger ale or soda water

Combine wine, rum, fruit, and lemonade in a large pitcher. Chill overnight and right before serving, add ice and ginger ale or soda water. Serve in wine glasses.

Strawberry Mojito
Put a seasonal spin on a traditional Mexican cocktail.

5-8 mint leaves
3 strawberries, halved
2 tsp. sugar
3 oz. lime juice
3 oz white rum (Matraga or Utkins)
Sprite or club soda

Muddle mint, strawberries, and sugar in a shaker until very finely mashed. Add ice, rum, and lime juice. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds and then pour mixture into 8 oz. glass. Top off with splash of Sprite or club soda.

**Other great places to check out some summer drinks are Food Network and Bigelow Tea.  Both have a selection of yummy alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks you can serve that will definitely please your guests, or be great for dinner tonight!

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