Here are my top 5 picks for beverages to accompany America’s favorite summer pastime: The Cookout.
Magic Hat # 9
A fruity beer with notes of apricot, this beer pairs well with…well just about anything. It also, conveniently now comes in cans, so you can enjoy just about anywhere. The caps on all of Magic Hat beers come with witty sayings, comments and advice. This brewing company is based in Vermont, and you can’t find their products everywhere, but they do ship!
Classic, good old fashioned Lemonade
And no, I am not talking about store bought. I am talking fresh squeezed, made with your own two hands Lemonade. Its easy, and well worth the time spent.
1 3/4 cups white sugar
8 cups water
1 1/2 cups lemon juice
In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until chilled.
Remove seeds from lemon juice, but leave pulp. In pitcher, stir together chilled syrup, lemon juice and remaining 7 cups water.
Serve over ice.
Long Island Tea
LIT packs a big punch, so a little goes a long way, depending on the company your in that is. This is my go to drink when I get the chance to have drinks with friends, and is super refreshing on a hot summer day. Check out this recipe from Food Network
Sun tea has much deeper flavors than traditionally brewed tea. I think this is due to its long “brew” process. It so very easy to make, and can be made in every tea flavor imaginable. Just pick your favorite and follow these easy instructions:
Fill a glass pitcher, or container of choice, with water. I use a gallon pitcher and use 8 tea bags. Adjust tea bags according to size of container used. Tightly cover container. (I use plastic wrap). Set pitcher outside in the morning. The tea needs to be in full sun for at least 6 hours to get full flavor, but this also depends on how strong you like your tea. (Test after a few hours if you prefer your tea mild). Once brewed to liking, remove tea bags, and refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve over ice.
Similar to a Mojito, this southern classic is a lovely, refreshing treat to the senses. Again, Food Network has a fantastic recipe.
So there it is, my top picks for summer thirst quenchers. I would love to hear some of your favorites.
Have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend!