Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Trending Tuesday: Summer Cocktails

Hi loves! I hope everyone is having a great start to the week! Ashley here today, bringing you one of my current #trendingtuesday favorites! Who doesn’t love a quick, easy and delicious cocktail? Especially during these summer months, I love to always have a few different options available. Whether you are day drinking or just having a drink (or three) with dinner or at a BBQ, all of these are quick to mix up! My only requirements are that the cocktails are light and refreshing and that I make enough for a couple of rounds!

{Homemade Wine Cooler}

One of my go-to cocktails during the hot months is any type of white wine (I prefer Pinot Grigio or Riesling) topped off with La Croix sparkling water and a splash of juice, such as white grape. Sometimes, if I don't want it to be too sweet, I'll substitute vodka for the white wine.Then, add your favorite summer fruit! My favorite sparkling water flavors of the moment are Mango, Apricot and Lime. 

{Watermelon Punch}
To make four servings, add about 3.5 cups of seedless watermelon, 1.5 cups white vermouth, 1.5 tablespoons of sugar to a blender and pulse for about 10 seconds until it has liquified. Add 3 cups of crushed ice and pulse again. Garnish with edible pansies and serve in a chilled glass. 

{Rum Punch}
One of my all-time faves. My husband and I honeymooned in St. Lucia, and Rum Punch was the most popular drink served. We drank these daily, and it reminds me of swimming in the clear blue water with my feet in the beautiful white sand. All you need to do is mix about 1.5 cups of light rum, 3 cups of orange juice, 3 cups of pineapple juice, 3 tablespoons of lime juice, 2 tablespoons of cranberry juice, and 2 tablespoons of grenadine in a large pitcher. Mix well, and pour into a glass full of ice. Garnish with lime wedges. 

{Bobby Flay's Coconut Banana Colada}
This is another drink that brings me back to the days of my honeymoon. St. Lucia is known for their bananas and rum, so put those together and what do you have? Place 2 peeled and frozen bananas and 1 cup of canned pineapples (with juice) into a blender, and puree until it is smooth. Add 3 ounces of coconut rum, 1 cup of canned creamed coconut, 2 cups of ice, and juice of half a lime. Blend until it becomes frothy. Pour into a cold glass and garnish with the remaining sliced lime. 

And, when all else fails and you are in the need for something even quicker than these...grab your favorite summer beer and a cold mug! We keep two different summer seasonals stocked in the refrigerator at all times. 

And, last but not least...I'm dying to try this one and can't wait to get my hands on it!! Unfortunately, it will not become available until December, but you can sure bet that I will sipping on this by the fire!

What are your favorite cocktails or seasonal drinks of choice? I'd love to hear all of them! I hope you have a great week, and be sure to check and see what Caroline is up to tomorrow! 
Until next week, much love.

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  1. Ohhh I love a good adult beverage! Have you ever added sprite to your wine cooler, it makes into a spritzer and is super refreshing! Thanks for linking up with us :)

  2. I want the watermelon punch!!! Yum all of these look so delish!

  3. That watermelon punch sounds amazing! I might have to try those at home wine coolers! I've been wanting to try mixing St Croix with vodka and see how it tastes!

    <3, Pamela

  4. I can't wait to try out that homemade wine cooler! All of these sound delicious. Thanks for sharing! :)

  5. That Rum Punch looks & sounds delicious!! Definitely going to have to try that :)

  6. Every single one of these sounds amazing and makes me wish I was sitting somewhere with my toes in the water! Can't wait to try some out this summer!

  7. These sound so good and refreshing!

  8. What a delicious post! I love a good summer cocktail, but can never think of them!


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