Summer Drinks

I find where I’m from, since it’s winter for the majority of the year, as soon as it begins to get even bearably warm outside everyone rushes to the nearest patios to enjoy a summer cocktail outside. While patio drinks at popular establishments around your city are always fun, it’s more budget-friendly to make a fun summer drink recipe at home with friends.  

Here are some summer drink recipes I am craving this summer:

1.)    David’s Tea Iced Tea:

OK so this can be made with any type of tea, but I love the fruity teas from David’s Tea. I usually make this the night before by steeping a fruity tea of my choice in boiling water in a French press then leaving it in the fridge overnight. So easy, but also so refreshing and low calories! I don’t add sweetener so it’s a healthy beverage choice.

Side note: Iced Tea in Canada is always sweet and therefore quite high on the calorie and sugar count.

If you’re feeling fancy they also have a recipe for their tea pop to make at home, I haven’t done it yet but I definitely want to!

David's Tea Pop

2.)    Watermelon Agua Fresca

I stumbled upon this recipe at Fit Bottomed Eats during a Pinterest session, but doesn’t it just sound refreshing and 100% like summer?

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I haven’t made it yet, but with simple ingredients like watermelon, lime, agave nectar, and soda water it would be quick and easy to mix up for company.

How to make watermelon Agua Fresca:

  • Combine the flesh of one watermelon, the juice of four limes, and a tablespoon of agave nectar in a blender.
  • Store the puree in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve up your drink.
  • Fill a glass half-full with the watermelon mixture, then top with club soda (or seltzer water) and ice.

If you were wanting to make it an adult drink I would probably add some tequila or vodka or whatever your hard alcohol of choice is.

3.) Mimosa Punch

This recipe was taken from Taste Book and seems like an excellent addition to lazy summer brunches.

Ingredients:

2 quarts of fresh orange juice
1 2-liter bottle of ginger ale
1/2 cup orange liqueur (Grand Marnier)
Orange slices
Fresh strawberries, sliced or halved depending on size
1 (750 ml) bottle chilled dry Champagne or sparkling wine
Ice cubes

Directions:

Combine orange juice, ginger ale, Grand Marnier, orange slices, and strawberries in a large punch bowl. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, 1-2 hours. Right before serving, add the Champagne and ice. Stir to combine and serve immediately.

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4.)    Sangria

To me summer = sangria. I think it’s really hard to make a bad batch of sangria. I have only made one bad batch where I used a pre-made smoothie thing in my freezer which contained banana when I didn’t have any juice. Pro-tip: Banana and red wine do not mix.

Sangria is a lovely flexible recipe where that you can personalize it based on your favorites. To make your own version of sangria grab the following ingredients and mix:

Ingredients:

  • A bottle of red or white wine (I usually use the $6 stuff I bought on sale)
  • A carbonated beverage of sorts (soda water, Fresca, Sprite, Ginger Ale, 7 Up etc…)
  • Fruit if you have it, but it’s not necessary
  • Juice (choose your favorite citrus juice)
  • Triple Sec (if you have it, again not necessary but it helps make a really nice sangria)

Directions:

Portion out all the above mentioned ingredients into a pitcher or into individual wine glasses if necessary and enjoy. I’ve made more than my fair share of “budget” sangria and I’ve also made slightly fancier sangria but both were always thoroughly enjoyed.

5.)    Bulldogs

Mexican Bulldogs are slightly more high maintenance, but definitely fun summer drink. If you use pre-made margarita mix or have one of those fancy Margaretville’s then it definitely gets a lot easier.

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Here’s a link to the Frosty Mexican Bulldog Margarita Recipe from iFood if you want more detailed instructions.

The base to the “Bulldog” is the margarita, fill your glass full of ice cold frosty margarita mix then take a Coronita (or beer of your choice) and tip it upside down into your glass so the liquid isn’t spilling out. Insert straw and enjoy.

I usually purchase Coronita’s (the tiny sister of the Corona) for these because they are cute and easier to balance but you can definitely do it with a full sized beer.

Happy patio drinking everyone, have a great, refreshing summer!

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