Posts Tagged ‘Cocktails’

Summer Shandy :: Perfect Summer Beer

Last week I shared my new favorite potluck dish (warm potato salad) that I had discovered while tuning into The Chew on ABC. This week I’m sharing the perfect accompaniment to your next BBQ meal. Dish up the potato salad, get your meat off of the grill and pour one of these beer cocktails!

After seeing Mario Batali’s Summer Shandy served up on a recent episode (see clip below), I knew I had to give this a try.

To start, I opened two bottles of beer.

Beer Cocktails

Then, pour the beer into two glasses leaving some room at the top. Next, pour in a chug or two of italian orange soda (you don’t want sweet orange soda). Finish by pouring a couple drops of Aperol into the glass. Watch the clip below for more info on this.

summer shandy


What I love about this recipe is you can create a really great summer shandy anytime the mood strikes.



All summer-long, ABC’s The Chew is your one-stop shop for everything food. From grilling and outdoor entertaining to road trips and picnics, The Chew is dishing out the most sizzling, mouth-watering meals to satisfy your summer cravings!

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4th of July Recipes

There’s still time to make  that shopping list, run to the market and whip up something festive for the 4th! Looking for 4th of July recipes? Here are a few of my favorites this year that I spotted on Pinterest. Which will you make?

4th of July recipes

Blueberry, Strawberry & Jicama Salsa :: Fruit and Brownie Kebabs :: Red, White, and Blue Sangria

They all look impressive and delicious to me! Looking for more patriotic cocktails? Here are 5 tried and true red, white, and blue cocktails to try.

What are you making for the 4th?



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Gin Cocktails :: Who Knew?

Last week was a week of poolside lounging and much needed down-time. I was eager to soak up the sun with the family and also super excited to test out 3 new poolside cocktail recipes that I’ve had my eye on. One cocktail really appealed to me because I have never had gin before. Gin cocktails? Okay, I knew I should try this because I have been eating a ton of cucumbers lately. It was  a sign, right?

I picked up gin and the St. Germain ( I also have never had this but the guy at the liquor store said it has been flying off the shelves lately. Another good sign in my book).

Here she is …

Gin Cocktail

The verdict? Gin is goooood. Who knew? This drink was super refreshing and crisp which made for the perfect summer sipping in 100 degree heat. Ahhhh summertime.

Cucumber Cooler (found on Fruetcake)

1½ parts Gin
¾ part St. Germain
¾ part fresh lime juice
¼ part simple syrup
soda water or club soda
5 mint leaves


1. Muddle mint in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice
2. Add Gin, St. Germain, lime juice, simple syrup, and then shake well
3. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice and top with soda water

Garnish with cucumber slices (I also liked to pop them in the glass and let them soak up all the gin-goodness)

Next gin cocktails on my list?  This blackberry gin fizz!

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3 Poolside Cocktails

It’s the first day of summer! You know what that means? That’s right… dusting off those fun summer cocktail recipes friends! Tomorrow the troops and I are headed for a much anticipated week in Palm Springs (we’ll be staying in this poolside home, yay!) and in preparation I had to figure out just what we’d be sipping on poolside (can’t you tell I plan the important things first?).

I’m heading out to the market to pick up the fixings for these 3 poolside cocktails. What do you think? Don’t they look refreshing?

I hope your first day of summer is a great one!

3 Poolside Cocktails

3 poolside Cocktails to try this summer (or this weekend if you’re adventurous like me!). 

Cucumber Cooler :: Blueberry Mojito :: Champagne Grapefruit Mojito

Hostess Tip: When looking for several new cocktails to try, look for those that have similar ingredients so you can stock up and avoid buying too many 1x use ingredients. For example, these three drinks have mint, club soda and rum in common. 

To see which is my favorite, be sure to follow along my cocktail-making journey this weekend on Instagram.






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Cheers to Summer Thyme

It’s HOT and feels like summer and when the temp rises nothing else makes sense then pouring a cool and refreshing drink. The other day after work I mixed this baby up for a little cool down. My garden was my inspiration, I LOVE creating drinks from what I am growing (that means I’ll always have the ingredients on hand)! This is virgin, but you could also add a splash of vodka or gin to make things fun. I’m calling it the Summer Thyme.

sumemr cocktails

Summer Thyme

For each drink you will need:

-2 Strawberries

-Sprig of Thyme

-Lemon wedge

-Club soda

To make: Muddle the strawberries in the bottom of your glass. Add ice and club soda. Squeeze lemon wedge into glass and garnish with Thyme.

Simple and refreshing. Cheers!

Still thirsty? Check out these other summer cocktails.


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Simple Easter Brunch

If your Easter morning is anything like ours, it’s full of giggles and kiddos running around collecting eggs in their Pajamas and slippers. Some years we have Grandma and Grandpa over in the morning and other years it’s just us. One constant is that we are busy — very early in the morning.

I wanted to share with you some simple ideas for your Easter breakfast or Easter brunch that won’t require you to be stuck in the kitchen (missing all the fun). My advice is to make it easy on yourself. You can create an impressive morning spread without all the hassle, check it out:

Easter Brunch

Gather  items you already have in your home to create a central display. Adding different elements and  displaying your breakfast items in a unique way will give your Easter brunch a more pulled together look. Here, I’ve simply moved this hutch out on our patio and set up all of our breakfast items on it. I grabbed an Easter bunny decoration and chalkboard from inside to give it a more “Easter themed” feel.

Easter Brunch Ideas

Nothing I am showing here is homemade — I’ve simply taken store bought treats and gave them a little makeover. Above we have mini cookies in a strawberry basket and donut holes on lollipop sticks!

Simple Easter Brunch


  • Champagne served with frozen blueberries
  • A cake stand displaying store bought donuts
  • More donut holes adorned with festive lollipop sticks
  • A store bought bundt cake on cake stand
  • A chalkboard welcoming hungry guests

Easter Brunch

There you have it, a simple Easter brunch display featuring all store-bought treats. Simple, right?

Be sure to also check out this Easter breakfast idea I shared (plus free printable!).

*Cute lollipop sticks from Sweet Shop LuLu


Want more Easter and Passover ideas? Join me and a group of other fabulous party hostesses as we share ideas, recipes + more! Visit the links below AND follow us on Twitter using #HolidayHQ. We’ll be hosting a live chat this Wednesday, the 4th at 8pm EST -join in the fun!

#HolidayHQ Twitter Chat

Valley & Co.   | Table Top Elements for Marvelous Easter Brunch
Housewife Bliss  |  Easter Brunch for Chocolate Lovers
Celebrations At Home | Spring Garden Tablescape |  European Easter Traditions Galore
The Partybluprints Blog   |  “Little Peeps” Easter Table Centerpiece
Second City Soiree   |  Cocktails that say Spring   |  Polka Dots & Pastels – Free Printables 
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