What We’re Loving: By the Pitcher

by Lauren Keiper on June 15, 2012

in Blog, Drinks, What We’re Loving

Sure the summer weekends are for great big cookouts.  But I don’t have a big backyard, or a grill, so I thought why not host an after work happy hour on the patio or in the kitchen with the air conditioning at full blast?  Either option gives me the chance to plate up some chic summer appetizers and a pitcher of one of these stunning, cool summer cocktails from some of our favorite food blogs.

It’s perfectly normal to crave a margarita – salt rimmed glass, cool booze on the rocks.  We found two delicious options: for spicy and sweet, this Habanero Maple Vodka Margarita might be your go-to. {from Rurally Screwed, inspired by Cooking Channel chef Nadia G.} Or keep it absolutely simple, but fresh, with the Simplest Margarita - lime, tequila, honey, water, done.  {from Hungry Girl por Vida}

If spritzers are more your style (and we love a good spritzer) then grab some bubbles and whip up a batch of Honeysuckle Mulberry Spritzer. {from biscuits and such}  A clear alternative to that pretty purple cocktail is this Cucumber Mint Lemon Spritzer.  {from Love + Cupcakes}

Basil and Blueberry Vodka Soda sounds perfect for a summer evening.  Plus, its an excuse to make your own simple syrups. {from blackberries and blood oranges}

Put on a hat, treat yourself to a Lemon and Mint Julep and map out next year’s jaunt to the Kentucky Derby (or viewing party!). {from shutterbean, adapted from Everyday Food}

Looking to keep your pitcher non-alcoholic?  Cilantro Limeade {from shutterbean, adapted from Whole Living Magazine} or Strawberry Cucumber Agua Fresca {from A Cozy Kitchen} are pretty and refreshing options.

All  photos taken by and appear with permission from Cindy,  Paola Parsons, and Adrianna.

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Lauren Keiper

Lauren is a writer who lives, eats and cooks in Boston with her husband.She's written for Reuters, the Boston Globe, Boston Business Journal and Boston magazine.

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  • http://www.tarabellucci.com/ Tara Bellucci

    Gorgeous! I’ll have one of each, please :)

    • http://www.eatboutique.com Maggie

      Seriously, me too!

  • http://www.eatboutique.com Maggie

    I’m about to make a simple margarita. Yum. :)

  • http://twitter.com/ShutUpNCook Shut Up & Cook

    Who doesn’t love ALL summer alcoholic beverages! I’d take one of each of these please!

    • http://www.eatboutique.com Maggie

      I look forward to the weekend too! xox

  • http://www.holmetree.co.uk/kitchens/hand-painted-kitchens Handmade Oak Kitchens

    Basil and blueberry vodka soda is my favourite, I never forget to drink it in the summer season because it refreshes my mood.

  • http://www.puerariaherb.com/ pueraria mirifica

    I do love Cilantro
    Limeade it

    • http://www.eatboutique.com Maggie

      Delicious!

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