Fun in the Sun!

Fun in the Sun!

Drinks for the Upcoming Season

Believe it or not, summer is coming! Because of this unseasonably warm winter, I think I’ve begun to start planning for the sunshine and warm temperatures a little earlier than I normally would. I can’t wait to host my family and friends for our annual summer picnic where I will certainly be trying out some of these wonderful new picnic-friendly drink recipes I found!

First up we have a tried and true summer staple:


  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 (750 milliliter) bottle dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup triple sec
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 1/4 cup white sugar (optional)
  • 8 maraschino cherries
  • 2 cups carbonated water (optional)

Sangria doesn’t exactly require a specific recipe and can be changed for your personal tastes, but this is a basic version to get you started. Mix together the brandy, lemon juice, lemonade concentrate, orange juice, red wine, triple sec, and sugar. Float fruit slices and cherries in the mixture. Refrigerate overnight. (For bubbly sangria, add club soda just before serving.)

Beer Margaritas

  • 1 part limeade or 1 can frozen limeade concentrate
  • 1 part tequila
  • 1 part water
  • 1 part beer (we used Corona and it fit in well)
  • ice
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges

I wasn’t so sure about this one, until I tried one at a local restaurant while out with some friends. Luckily one of them was a bartender and could help us replicate the drink recipe as best we could. Mix the ingredients together and serve over ice and garnish with the lime wedges.