I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before, but I have a swimming pool in my backyard. I most likely have not brought up the subject previously because the pool is of no consequence to me. I don’t swim. And no, I don’t mean that I don’t know how to swim. I was a lifeguard as a teenager, for pete’s sake! No, I just do not go into the pool.
However, this does not stop our entire extended family from using our backyard, and the pool within, as their own personal summer vacation destination. Any number of them stop by during the week while we are at work and enjoy a nice dip in the pool. And every weekend, there are at least a few out there swimming and enjoying the sun. This is all completely acceptable to us, as our family is rad (the hubs’ side, anyway), and we extend our hospitality to them at any time, even if we are not present.
On the weekends, when multiple family members descend upon our property, we will often go outside to spend time with them. And by “we” I mean that my husband and kids will go swim in the pool, while I whip up some kind of alcoholic concoction to share with the group. Sitting by the pool with my feet up and a cocktail in my hand is a perfectly acceptable way to enjoy watching the family splash around in the pool.
A few weeks ago, on Memorial Day weekend, the family all showed up for the first time this year, in an unofficial “start of summer” pool party. Each summer, I try to come up with a new drink that I can prepare and share with the family when they come over. I am sort of the unofficial bartender of the family, if you will. They’ve come to expect some interesting and delicious concoction to be whipped up by yours truly and served to them each year, and I try not to disappoint. This year, I decided to go with a simple, yet quite tasty, little drink. A strawberry lemonade. But an adult strawberry lemonade.STRAWBERRY LEMONADE 1 part Strawberry flavored Vodka 2 parts lemonade splash of grenadine for color Garnish with fresh strawberries if desired.
See? Super simple, but very delicious. If you make it, you can obviously play with the ratios of alcohol to lemonade based on how strong you like your drinks. If you want to go half and half, go for it!
Ok, now it’s your turn! Seeing as I am always looking for new and creative drink recipes to
subject treat my family to, I want you to comment below with a fun summer drink recipe. But don’t worry, I will give you something in exchange for the generous sharing of your most delicious and prized recipes . . . because this is a giveaway post!
One lucky commenter will recieve this prize:
A Wine Monkey wine bottle sock monkey, and Winelines, I.D. tags for your stemware (both by Fred & Friends, of course!). Fun, right?
One of my sons will pick a name from a hat, and whoever wins will recieve this rad prize. So, give me your best drink recipes in the comments, and you could win these items that will make your drinking experience that much more memorable and enjoyable!
(Note: if you do not drink alcohol, please feel free to leave a non-alcoholic drink recipe. If you win, you can always give these items to someone in your life that does imbibe spirits).
So, hit me with your best shots, people. Oh wait, nevermind . . . I don’t do shots. Not since the infamous Lemon Drop Incident of ’98. The memory of that night still makes me cringe. But regardless, give me your best drink concoctions below.