Mango Frosé.

This mango frosé is the perfect summer treat! It only requires two ingredients: a bottle of wine and frozen mango. Could not be easier or more delicious! Hello I am here with your weekend treat! Which is the easiest most delicious frosty treat you can make right now. Seriously, when you see how simple this […]

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This mango frosé is the perfect summer treat! It only requires two ingredients: a bottle of wine and frozen mango. Could not be easier or more delicious!

Hello I am here with your weekend treat!

Which is the easiest most delicious frosty treat you can make right now. Seriously, when you see how simple this is you won’t believe it. 

Guys, this could not be easier. I mean, it’s very embarrassing just HOW easy this is.

All you need is:

A bottle of rosé, right out of the fridge.

Frozen mango.

YEP.

Yes. That is it. Much like my lemonade frosé or frozen strawberry lemonade, that is all you need to make this come together fast. These are SO incredibly simple but really delicious at the same time. Especially if you’re a mango freak like we are over here.

My watermelon frosé from a few years ago is one of my favorite summer drinks EVER. If you can even call it a drink. It’s a grown up slushy/dessert and so lovely for summer. Especially the dog days of August when it’s so super hot. I’m always looking for new twists on, well, everything.

So of course mango had to come into play.

We use frozen mango a lot – mostly in smoothies, occasionally in a frozen mango margarita. Regardless, I always have it in the freezer and since it’s so accessible, this recipe can be made in a pinch. Plus, it’s much easier for me to have good frozen mango as opposed to fresh mango – I can rarely find good ones that are ripe in time for me to use them. 

Also! It’s possible that I love rosé even more when it’s frozen, so this really hits the spot. It’s refreshing, icy, cooling and perfect right now. Pop in a sprig of mint and let’s go!  (more…)

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Cucumber Mint Margaritas.

This cucumber mint margarita is super refreshing and perfect for summer. A classic margarita made with tequila and lime, infused with fresh mint syrup and cucumber slices – you cannot beat this in the summer heat! This is the perfect dreamy drink to cool you down this weekend. Truly, I don’t think I’ve ever had […]

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This cucumber mint margarita is super refreshing and perfect for summer. A classic margarita made with tequila and lime, infused with fresh mint syrup and cucumber slices – you cannot beat this in the summer heat!

This is the perfect dreamy drink to cool you down this weekend.

cucumber mint margaritas

Truly, I don’t think I’ve ever had something as refreshing as this cucumber mint margarita. It’s tangy, cooling, fresh, tart and tastes like you’re drinking a super fancy spa water with a hit of tequila.

I LOVE IT.

cocktail shaker with cucumbers

Also, this color? It just screams DRINK ME. I see this glass and imagine holding this in my hands on a hot summer day. Under the shade of course because that’s the only way to survive.

cocktail shaker with margarita

This drink is incredibly simple, one that I almost didn’t share. Because it’s that easy. But it’s something that is so ideal for summer, you won’t be able to live without it.

When we went on our little staycation back in June, we left on the hottest day of the year. There was a cucumber mint margarita on the menu and it sounded so refreshing. It instantly made me think of my cucumber vodka sodas!

I am not madly in love with cucumbers – until they are pickles, of course – but I do enjoy them in drinks and cocktails. I ended up ordering the cucumber mint margarita and it tasted so much better than expected. The ingredient list was simple on the menu, so I figured as much. But nothing tasted artificial and it was wonderfully light. You could tell that the only cucumbers in the margarita were the slices that were dropped into the cocktail – but it worked. 

cucumber mint margaritas

Kind of like how spa water is infused with cucumbers and lemon? It’s like that. Shaking the cucumbers with the cocktail imparts a lot of that fresh, cooling flavor, and then I drop a few of them into the glass too.

Plus, hello, you can snack on them.

cucumber mint margaritas

This was one of the first things I made when we returned home from that trip. I’ve done a mint syrup many times (and often do for coffee in the summer) so that part was easy. It’s something you can prep ahead of time too and keep in the fridge, which I love. 

Shaking this drink together takes no time at all, especially if you have the syrup ready to go. It’s just tequila, fresh lime juice and the mint syrup, plus a handful of cucumber slices to infuse and garnish. 

And some pretty fresh mint too!  (more…)

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Lavender Blueberry Vodka Soda.

This lavender blueberry vodka soda just screams summer. It’s refreshing, cooling and icy filled with fruity and dessert-like floral flavors. It’s delicious and pretty too! New summery drink alert! This blueberry lavender vodka soda is refreshing, fruity and fragrant with a slight hint of dessert-like floral flavor. Save this recipe below so you can make […]

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This lavender blueberry vodka soda just screams summer. It’s refreshing, cooling and icy filled with fruity and dessert-like floral flavors. It’s delicious and pretty too!

New summery drink alert!

lavender blueberry vodka soda

This blueberry lavender vodka soda is refreshing, fruity and fragrant with a slight hint of dessert-like floral flavor. Save this recipe below so you can make it this weekend!

blueberry lavender syrup

Every time I make a fun new drink for summer I call THEEEE drink for summer. Like I declare it’s the best drink you can make this summer. And it’s not that I’m wrong, I very much feel that in the moment. 

Which means that again, I’m telling you that this is the drink of the summer. THEEE drink of the summer.

It’s so cooling and icy with classic summer flavors that just work in the heat. I find a vodka soda with lots of lime to be refreshing and this is an elevated version of that. 

pouring blueberry lavender syrup over ice

Flavored vodka sodas are my thing. I’ve done a cucumber vodka soda, a cherry lime vodka soda and a clementine vodka soda! So good.

I have loved the blueberry lavender combo forever. I’ve made blueberry lavender scones, blueberry lavender chia jam, blueberry ricotta cake with lavender glaze and even blueberry mojitos with lavender syrup! Lavender complements blueberry and together you get this lovely combination that screams summer.

pouring blueberry lavender syrup over ice

This blueberry lavender syrup is delightful. I make my lavender vanilla syrup all summer long for iced coffee, and dare I say that you can probably take this and put it in your coffee too. I know some people go for more fruity flavors with coffee so it definitely works. 

The syrup is super easy and you can make it ahead of time and keep it in the fridge. I do equal parts water + sugar then a big handful of blueberries and a pinch of culinary lavender.

Oh and I find my culinary lavender on amazon – it’s the easiest place to get it. I have some at all times because I use it frequently and it lasts a very long time. 

lavender blueberry vodka soda

Once I make the syrup and it cools, I do strain it to remove the lavender and blueberry bits. I don’t want chunks of anything coming up my straw so this is the best way, plus the syrup lasts longer in the fridge this way. 

lavender blueberry vodka soda

The other ingredients?

Just your classic vodka and soda. I use Tito’s and whatever club soda I have on hand. You could use a flavored seltzer water if you have one, but I let the blueberry lavender syrup shine.

lavender blueberry vodka soda

If you want to make these for a party, I suggest making a jar of the “mixer.” So combine the syrup and vodka in a jar and shake or stir, then store it in the fridge. When it comes time to make a new drink, pour over ice and top it off with the soda.

You don’t want to make a big pitcher with the soda because you’ll lose all that effervescence for the drinks.

lavender blueberry vodka soda

These are super fun, pretty, absolutely delicious and perfect for this weekend! (more…)

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Summer Tequila Fruit Punch.

This summer tequila fruit punch is perfect for a BBQ or pool party. Cherry and pineapple and orange mixed with tequila, bubbles and frozen peaches to keep it all chilled. SO fun. Grown up fruit punch is exactly what this holiday weekend needs.  This spiked fruit punch is a fun party drink that is packed […]

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This summer tequila fruit punch is perfect for a BBQ or pool party. Cherry and pineapple and orange mixed with tequila, bubbles and frozen peaches to keep it all chilled. SO fun.

Grown up fruit punch is exactly what this holiday weekend needs. 

summer tequila fruit punch

This spiked fruit punch is a fun party drink that is packed with pineapple and cherry and bubbly and more. It’s perfect over ice on a hot summer day and a little goes a long way! Trust me.

peaches and cherries in a pitcher

Now to be honest, if someone handed me a glass of something like Hawaiian Punch or Minute Maid Fruit Punch, something that was around when I was a kid, I’d gladly pass. Any kind of juice that is sweet enough to hurt my teeth? No thank you, I would rather have a glass of practically anything else.

BUT.

And that’s a big but. When there is a boozy punch on the menu or at the party? I can be swayed. Easily. 

pouring sparkling rose in a pitcher

A few weeks ago we took a little staycation to a local resort and they had quite the cocktail menu. I couldn’t try everything because, hello, family time! But they had fruit punch on the menu and I couldn’t pass it up. It sounded super good and refreshing. I had to try it, if only a few sips for research!

Research for us to be able to make it at home this summer and enjoy it by the pool. Or on the beach. Or the patio! 

summer tequila fruit punch

I have to say that I got the recipe to match almost exactly. It tastes almost identical. While the one I had contained a few delicious fruit purees (like peach and passionfruit), I knew that wouldn’t work here. I don’t have time to puree different fruits before throwing everything in a pitcher to drink – and I don’t think you do either.

So I kept the pineapple and cherry flavors, went with some orange liqueur, some other bubbles… and this fruit punch was born.

summer tequila fruit punch

And, um, my favorite part? The frozen peaches used as ice cubes, of course! This is my favorite summer hack. Get a bag of frozen peaches and use them as ice in your drinks. In this case, we’re using an entire bag. The peach slices not only chill the drink, but also infuse a good amount of peach flavor into the pitcher. 

They also taste amazing once you finish your glass.

summer tequila fruit punch

Here’s what goes into our tequila fruit punch!

  • Tequila, obviously. I love to use Casa Amigos blanco
  • And entire little jar of maraschino cherries. Yes the cherries and the juice.
  • Pineapple juice!
  • Grand Marnier or Triple Sec or another orange-ish liqueur.
  • Club soda for some bubbles.
  • Dry sparkling rosé (like this one) or even Prosecco for MORE bubbles. 
  • And frozen peaches, to chill the whole pitcher!

spiked fruit punch

Let’s just say that this fruit punch… packs a punch. Oh yes. It’s definitely sweet and tastes like the fruit punch of my youth, but in a good way. Aside from the booze, of course. If you are not into sweet drinks, this is not for you.

But if you like to make a summer punch and tequila is your mixer of choice? We’re good!  (more…)

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Frozen Gin & Tonics.

This frozen gin and tonic is incredibly refreshing and light for a hot summer day. Tonic water ice cubes, your favorite gin and a bit of lime zest make for the perfect frosty beverage. Here’s how to become the most popular this summer! Make a frosty, refreshing drink that everyone adores. Frozen gin and tonics! […]

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This frozen gin and tonic is incredibly refreshing and light for a hot summer day. Tonic water ice cubes, your favorite gin and a bit of lime zest make for the perfect frosty beverage.

Here’s how to become the most popular this summer!

frozen gin and tonics

Make a frosty, refreshing drink that everyone adores.

Frozen gin and tonics! Gin and tonic slushies. Cooling, refreshing, limey, and the best thing to drink on a super hot summer day. 

tonic ice cubes with lime zest

I can’t get enough of these! 

My drinks of choice are usually on the rocks – rarely ever frozen. But the past few years, I’ve really enjoyed making some frozen drinks at home. Like frozen watermelon mojitos (omg they are SO good), lemonade frosé and more. I used to share cocktails every Thursday, so there’s a plethora of them right here for you! I’ll do a summer cocktail round up on my faves soon too – as well as mocktails. I’ve got lots of them since I was pregnant for lots of warm weather seasons. 

pouring gin in the blender

Anyway! Frozen gin and tonics. They are deeeelish. Not too sweet and an ideal way to cool down when these temps go insane. One caveat: you must enjoy gin and tonics to enjoy these. If they are too potent for you, this may not be your drink. This truly tastes like a legit gin and tonic… just frozen.

And this could not be easier. 

The only thing you have to do is freeze your ice cubes ahead of time. Personally, I would just go and freeze some rightthisminute so you have them at all times and can make this drink! Problem solved. 

frozen gin and tonics in a blender

This is what you need to make the frozen gin and tonic:

  • 1 liter of tonic water. This may not be popular, but I don’t use fancy tonic for this. I love a good Fever Tree tonic but I hate to use it to freeze and blend. I prefer to drink it as is for the most delicious effect. So when I make the ice cubes, I just get a very basil liter of tonic! I like to freeze them overnight. They have to be totally frozen because this is what makes the drink frosty. We’re not adding any other ice.
  • Your favorite gin. I have some notes in the recipe down below about varieties I’ve made with this recipe. Depending on the kind of gin you use, the recipe may take a little tweaking. It all depends on the botanicals in the gin and which way the flavor leans. I prefer a gin that goes best with lime or cucumber. 
  • Fresh lime zest! I don’t add the juice – just the zest. This gives the most wonderful lime punch to the drink. You can always squeeze in a bit of juice if you wish, but I love it without. It tastes very authentic, cooling and refreshing. It’s super good. Use the lime for garnish!

frozen gin and tonics

That is it – see? So darn simple, as long as you remember to freeze that tonic. Oh and here’s a little trick: freeze the tonic cubes, then pop them out and stick in a ziplock bag in the freezer. You can have them on hand at all times.  (more…)

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Over 35 Recipes for the Best Summer Cocktails

Need a refreshing summer cocktail to cool you down? We’re sharing the best summer cocktails including our famous frozen gin and tonic and some super easy cocktails made with vodka and tequila! Summer cocktails are all about fruity and refreshing …

Need a refreshing summer cocktail to cool you down? We’re sharing the best summer cocktails including our famous frozen gin and tonic and some super easy cocktails made with vodka and tequila! Summer cocktails are all about fruity and refreshing libations that will cool you off on a hot summer day! Refreshing cocktails made with […]

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