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liquid lovelies….

27 May

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.

Ingredients

1 3/4 cups white sugar

8 cups water

1 1/2 cups lemon juice

Directions

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

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.

Mint Julep

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!

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10 Comments

Posted by on pmpFri, 27 May 2011 17:24:17 +000024Friday 4 , 2011 in Recipes

 

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10 responses to “liquid lovelies….

  1. Ginger

    pmpFri, 27 May 2011 17:30:22 +000030Friday 4 , 2011 at 9:52 p05

    Yummy! I love Magic Hats!! And I love sun tea too and lemon julep haha I love em all. Have a great holiday! Cheers!

     
    • metrocakegirl

      ampSat, 28 May 2011 10:44:08 +000044Saturday 4 , 2011 at 9:52 p05

      You too Ginger!!

       
  2. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide

    pmpFri, 27 May 2011 19:09:57 +000009Friday 4 , 2011 at 9:52 p05

    Very cool round up. Those mint juleps are just really darn pretty. They’re both for me right? My wife won’t let me make sun tea anymore. She’s a fan of the hot brewed. And trust me I’m not gonna win on this one!

     
    • metrocakegirl

      ampSat, 28 May 2011 10:45:27 +000045Saturday 4 , 2011 at 9:52 p05

      Thanks. That is a battle I would fight. Or just make it for myself… 🙂

       
  3. myblogject

    ampSat, 28 May 2011 03:10:12 +000010Saturday 4 , 2011 at 9:52 p05

    To start… What’s the ‘cookout’ thing… Never heard of sun tea but it looks gorgeous… I did a similar list under things I like, think the mojito type things our only similarity though…

     
    • metrocakegirl

      ampSat, 28 May 2011 10:48:44 +000048Saturday 4 , 2011 at 9:52 p05

      Cookout is what we call outdoor cooking, grilling and eating. As Americans we find any excuse to do this during the summer months. To me food tastes best grilled and eaten outside, there is something about it that is just so satisfying. You should try sun tea, it is really good.

       
  4. JamieAnne

    pmpSun, 29 May 2011 18:59:21 +000059Sunday 4 , 2011 at 9:52 p05

    I love a good Mint Julep. 🙂 Great post!

     
    • metrocakegirl

      pmpWed, 01 Jun 2011 16:54:58 +000054Wednesday 4 , 2011 at 9:52 p06

      Thanks Jamie. I am not a beer person either, but #9 is the exception.

       
  5. JamieAnne

    pmpSun, 29 May 2011 19:00:39 +000000Sunday 4 , 2011 at 9:52 p05

    Oh, I’m not a beer person, but fruity beer sounds interesting.

     
  6. tinkerbelle86

    ampTue, 31 May 2011 06:09:45 +000009Tuesday 4 , 2011 at 9:52 p05

    i love old fashioned lemonade, proper reminiscing now!

     

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