We talk a lot about food, but what would Christmas be without cider and eggnog, and what would a summer day be without lemonade? This summer, find some new family favorites with great drink recipes, both with and without alcohol.
Here are some great warm-weather drink recipes to get you started:
A great way to combine a favorite summer drink with in-season fruit, the Watermelon Margarita is sure to be an instant favorite at your next pool party or barbecue.
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of water
Orange zest (grated orange rind) to taste
4 cups cubed, seeded watermelon
1 ½ cups tequila
½ cup lime juice
2 limes, cut in wedges
4 cups crushed ice
Boil water, sugar and orange zest; allow to simmer three minutes, stirring constantly, to make simple syrup.
Food process watermelon to puree.
Stir watermelon, tequila, lime juice and syrup together in pitcher.
Coat the rim of margarita glasses with lime juice and rub in sugar or salt, depending on your preference. Fill with crushed ice and pour mixture over ice. Garnish with lime wedges. Makes 8 servings.
The way your grandmother made it is still the best way. Kids love this mixture poured over tall glasses of frosty ice on a hot day.
1 ¼ cups sugar
1 ¼ quarts water
Peel lemons and cover rinds with sugar. Set aside for one hour.
Bring water to boil and pour over sugared rinds in a bowl or pitcher. Cool 20 minutes and remove rinds.
Squeeze lemons through strainer into mixture and stir well. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Perfect for a summer party or shower, mock champagne has no alcohol so it can be served to any group.
Two 2-liter bottles of chilled ginger ale
One 46-ounce can of chilled pineapple juice
One 64-ounce can bottle of chilled white grape juice
If you choose, make an ice ring by freezing a ring-shaped pan half-full of ginger ale. Add edible flowers, fruit or other garnishes and top off with ginger ale; continue freezing until solid.
Mix all other ingredients in punch bowl and add ice ring to chill before serving.
These summer drink recipes are sure to be a hit at home and at parties. Grab a glass, chill out and enjoy your summer!