Cheers to a fabulous Summer 2013! It’s not over yet, so I figured we could keep the summertime party going with delicious mixed drink recipes this month! I asked a handful of friends to send me their favorite drink recipe and I ended up with some terrific ideas below. Thanks to all of you who contributed.

If you do not drink alcohol, the last two entries are especially for you! Nonalcoholic, but still cool and refreshing for a summer evening!

And for my personal favorite summertime drink recipe (since I am not much of a liquor drinker) … open the cooler, take out a Michelob Ultra, pop off the cap and enjoy!


White Peach Sangria

1 bottle white wine
3/4 c. peach schnapps
6 T. frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1/4 c. simple syrup
1 pound peaches, pitted and sliced
3/4 c. red grapes, halved
3/4 c. green grapes, halved
In a large pitcher, stir all ingredients and chill (at least 2 hours). Serve over ice and include fruit in each serving.

Tin Can Margarita

1 lime, cut in wedges
Coarse salt, for glasses
1 large can frozen limeade
1 full can tequila
1/2 can triple-sec
1/2 can lemon juice
Mix it up and serve!

Key Lime Martini

2 shots vanilla vodka
1/2 shot key lime juice
2 tablespoons cream of coconut (recommended: Coco Lopez)
1 shot pineapple juice
Add all ingredients to a martini shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. Serve.
My friend who sent in this recipe says she always lines the glass with crushed graham crackers!
*Recipe courtesy of Food Network.

Strawberry Daiquiri

4 oz frozen strawberries
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 cup lime juice
1/2 lemon juice
3/4 cup rum
14/ cup sprite, mellow yellow or sun-drop
6 cups ice
Combine ice, sugar and strawberries in blender. Pour in lime juice, lemon juice, rum and soda. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.


Fill Glass with Ice
Add ½ Lime – cut into wedges and squeezed into glass
2 or 3 Mint Leaves
Add ½ (oz/shot) simple syrup*
(Muddle the Lime, Mint, and syrup mixture to meld the taste)
Add 2 oz Bacardi Limon (maybe a little more)
Mix by pouring from one glass to another once
Fill the remainder of the glass with Soda
Mix one more time from glass to glass,
**** Be careful to pour slowly this time, the Soda could fizz out of the glass!!! You may need to add a little more Simple Syrup to taste. Garnish with fresh Mint Leaves. You may also serve frozen!

Summertime Martini

Vodka or Gin
Add club soda
Diet 7up or Sprite
Add a twist of lime
Super easy and refreshing!

Limeaid Margarita

1 can limeaid
1 beer (your choice – I use corona or michelob ultra)
1 can (empty limeaid can) of triple sec
1 can (empty limeaid can) of tequila
Mix well!  Best served with salt – rim your class with a wedge of lime and then dip in salt.  Ole!

Three More That Are Perfect For The Beach:

Fog Cutter

Banana Daquiri

Frozen Margarita

Nonalcoholic Recipes:

Apricot Fizz

3 cups unsweetened apricot juice
3 cups diet ginger ale
1 tbsp lemon juice

Chill the apricot juice and ginger ale. Combine apricot juice, ginger ale, and lemon juice. Stir well and serve!


2 oz orange juice
2 oz pineapple juice
1 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz sugar syrup
1 oz soda water
Shake all ingredients, strain into an ice-filled glass, and add soda. Garnish with a slice of lemon.For more Tasty Table Recipe blogs, click here!