feasting with friends


Trio of Summer DrinksMy goal for the summer of 2013, is to have a signature adult drink at each of our outdoor gatherings. Past summers, the drink of choice has been those delightful frozen concoctions, margaritas. Don’t get me wrong, I love those. They’re delightful on a hot summer day. I have a “fondness” for tequila that has never dissipated. And I’m certainly not saying they haven’t or won’t be ingested this summer, just not every weekend. I searched the internet here and there for something that sounded “like summer”. Thanks to Pinterest, browsing local liquor stores and drinks inspired by recent restaurant meals, I found a few keepers.

Citrus Soda

Citrus Soda

I was at a local liquor store when inspiration struck for this drink. There, sitting on the counter, were new flavors of Pinnacle vodka. Not a bad brand, but…Whipped Cream Vodka? Mmm ~ sounded good to me! When I got home, I headed to the computer & found this scrumptious sounding concoction at the Pinnacle site: the Citrus Soda. Sounded like summer to me! It’s not too sweet and not too strong. It was light and refreshing to sip while sitting in the sun, taking a dip in the pool and leave the grilling to Glenn! We whipped up a Kool-aid sized pitcher [classy, huh?] and drank these orange creamsicle style drinks over ice until they were gone. Delicious!

For the drink:

2 parts Pinnacle Whipped Cream Vodka

2 parts OJ

2 parts Lemon lime soda


Grilled Limoncello Gin Cocktail 

Grilled Limoncello Gin Cocktail

Two recent events gave me inspiration for this cocktail. First – a dinner at Kapno’s in Washington DC. We had an excellent Gin Lemonade as a pre-dinner drink with our appetizers. It was so good, such a wonderful blend of gin and lemonade with smokey undertones. Second – after returning home I saw a post on food network for grilled lemonade. That recipe was alcohol free, however it was the grilled lemons halves that got my attention. It could be the perfect way to add the smokey flavor to the drink like the one at Kapno’s. Some experimentation with the ingredients, gave us a flavor we all enjoyed. This is not a “sipping” drink, which was great on a hot summer day.

For the drink:

Slice lemons about 1/4 inch thick. Dip each side in sugar, grill over high heat until caramelized and slightly charred. Turn and cook the other side. Allow to cool completely.


Mix: 1 part Limoncello

1 part Gin

3 part tonic water, or to taste

fresh squeezed lemon juice, to taste

Mix all ingredients; pour over ice; add 1 or 2 grilled lemon slices.

Note: I mixed a “group size” drink in a large pitcher added the juice of 1 lemon and kept it refrigerated. As drinks were served I added the grilled lemon slices.

Gilligan’s Island

Gilligan's Island

I came across this delicious drink on Pinterest via Hampton Road Happy Hour.  I’m so glad I did. It was a big hit with both the men and the women. This one goes down real easy..so careful! There was not a drop of this left with our group of 8 thirsty adults. However, it did last for a three hour tour 😉

For the drink:
1 part Vodka
1part Peach Schnapps
3 parts Orange Juice
3 parts Cranberry Juice
Party-size recipe: 60 oz OJ, 60 oz Cranberry Juice, 2/3 of a 5th Vodka, 1/2 of 5th Peach Schnapps.


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