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Summer cocktails: refreshing drinks for hot days

We are at the start of another week of very hot weather here in Vermont. It’s going to be over 90 degrees for most of the week and we don’t have our conditioning. The way that I like to cool off is with a cold beverage. You can make these cocktails as alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks.

There they’re both great either way and, as usual, the full recipe will be on the website, and these are two that I just kind of made up off the top of my head. I don’t know if they’re similar to any other known cocktails that are out there. So if they are similar to a recipe someone else has developed, I apologize, but I don’t really read cocktail recipes. I don’t go looking for them. I just kind of mix up whatever I happen to have on hand and the ones that I like I keep making.

So the first one I developed sometime last year on a whim, it’s made with a blood orange soda, an Italian style soda, and I can get this in my local market. I’ve noticed that the the brand has expanded, so it’s pretty well available and it’s just blood orange soda and then a squeeze of lime juice, and that takes it from slightly sweet to a bit more tangy. And then you can of course mix in you know vodka or Jen, whatever your preferred.

Alcohol is, if you want to make it a little bit more adult, serve this over ice of course, and it’s delicious and refreshing, and it takes about 30 seconds to make. So it’s a great one if you’re in a hurry, the second one is a little bit more fiddly, I’m not really into making super fancy cocktails. I haven’t gotten into making shrubs and syrups and all those those great things yet, but this one does have some whole fruit in it.

So what I like to do is get those little cans of sliced pineapple that you can find at the regular grocery store, and I put them in the refrigerator they’re great for a snack on a on a hot day too. But then I thought, oh, I could put this in a drink. So what I do is I take one of those chilled slices of pineapple and I cut it into four or six pieces and I thread those onto a toothpick, that’s kind of a garnish and then in my glass I mix peach soda, a splash of pineapple juice.

Another squeeze of lime, juice and some ice, and then again I usually go for gin in these drinks. I prefer that to vodka, it has more flavor and I happen to have a couple of really nice Vermont distill gins in my liquor cabinet. Usually so I mix that all up and serve it over ice and then try to sort of position the pineapple skewer on top. If you can it’s pretty heavy and so that garnish will tend to sink, but that’s okay, you can kind of eat it.

At the end is a little treat, those are the two cocktails that I usually make when it’s hot out give them a try. I hope you enjoy them and if you have any tips like favourite cocktail recipes you like to make for hot weather, let us know leave a comment at the in the comment field under this article thanks so much for reading and keep tuning in for more recipes And tips and ways to stay cool on a hot day.


I highly recommend any drink with Spunks! Awesome pumpkin seeds with a kick!