The best summer cocktails by awesome bloggers

Oh my god, where did the week go?  I know I saw that every week, but seriously!

Let’s do a roundup of this week

  • I gave you guys an awesome red lentil recipe on Monday

  • Celebrated my birthday on Tuesday

  • Gave you another awesome blog on Wednesday about my wonderful birthday!

  • Yesterday Chloe got the boys a babysitter and we went to a spin class.

Okay, let’s talk more about that, I am sore.  I haven’t really been working out since Braedon was born.  I was scared to.  I run every so often and I walk a lot, but nothing intense.  But, I am so happy that she made me go. (She didn’t literally force me to go, but she knows what to say so that I don’t just stay at home.)  I have decided that I will be going back and often!  I feel so much better after that!

This AfterDark is going to be a little special, mainly because Wednesday I was taking care of two sick boys and couldn’t make it to a restaurant.  I am posting 5 of my favorite, easy, summer cocktails by other bloggers!

1)    The first one is an amazing Pink Lemonade made by OurLifeTastesGood.  I recently made this because it was so hot one night and I needed something that seemed refreshing.  

Gorgeous pink lemonade 

Gorgeous pink lemonade 

This was fantastic.  It’s also super simple to make with just a few ingredients!

So refreshing! 

So refreshing! 

2)    Elephantasticvegan somehow, even though we have never met each other, knows my love of a good gin fizz.  I’m telling you guys, when I first turned 21, I was obsessed with Sloe Gin Fizzes because it was made in prohibition era and it made me feel fancy.  Plus, it tastes good.  

Pomegranate Gin Fizz to beat off that summer heat!

Pomegranate Gin Fizz to beat off that summer heat!

Anyway, Bianca combines gin, soda, and pomegranate to make something of a miracle in my book.  It’s light, refreshing, in season, and something that I can just sip on throughout the night.  

Such a pretty pink cocktail! 

Such a pretty pink cocktail! 

3)   You guys know how much I love raspberries right? Proof here... I think during the summer, they are just fantastic.  I make jellies, drinks, smoothies, jams, you name it, I’ve probably made it out of raspberries.  I ran into this really simple Raspberry Lemonade cocktail by Home & Plate.

Oh my god, raspberries and vodka... you could not ask for more than this!

Oh my god, raspberries and vodka... you could not ask for more than this!

I had to go to Bevmo to find the Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, but it was well worth the trip.  The only thing that I did a little different is add a spoon of honey and some fresh raspberries.  It is so good!

4)    When I was a kid, we always had watermelons during the summer.  The juicy, cold melon was perfect for right after softball practice.  It cooled you down, gave you some sugar, and well made a mess.  I miss the simple times of being a kid.

Sam from The Culinary Compass brought back those childhood feelings for me in the form of a Watermelon Mint Julep.

So refreshing, I can just feel the watermelon juice running down my face!

So refreshing, I can just feel the watermelon juice running down my face!

It’s like, I can still experience the same feelings of joy as a grownup!

Maybe I should make these for a dinner party!  They would be so fun to serve! :D 

Maybe I should make these for a dinner party!  They would be so fun to serve! :D 

This one is a little more complicated, but it’s well worth it!

5)    Gareth and my friends are really going to laugh at my last pick.  A blood orange margarita.  I am obsessed with blood oranges, if I see it on a menu, I get it.

So, it’s only natural that I was attracted to Elaina’s, from The Rising Spoon, margarita.  It combines two of my favorite things. 1. Margaritas- hello, I’m from Texas and you have to love them. And 2. Blood oranges, because I just can’t get over the flavor and would use them in everything if I could.

Gorgeous blood oranges to make such a vibrant drink

Gorgeous blood oranges to make such a vibrant drink

She hits the nail on the head when she says, “Fair warning: if you have a foodie friend in your life, it's likely that they're totally and utterly obsessed with blood oranges. Like, blood orange all the things!”

It’s entirely too true.

Everything about this recipe is amazing.  I can’t wait to make this over and over and over again and you should love it too, because it’s the best of all worlds!

Those oranges though, they're the perfect color.

Those oranges though, they're the perfect color.

Check out these awesome blogs and show them some love for their love of liquor.

Gareth is taking me to Sonoma tomorrow, I’m super excited!  I’m bringing my camera and taking lots of photos, because I have to, you know.  I mean, it is my job, right?

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Don’t forget about my cookbook giveaway! Wednesday’s blog will tell you how to enter!

Monday, I will have an awesome recipe, as suggested by the wonderful Ms. CheeseMonger, asian fusion tacos.

Bulgogi tacos served in a wonton shell with cilantro aioli and quail egg, so freaking good.

Bulgogi tacos served in a wonton shell with cilantro aioli and quail egg, so freaking good.

Have a great weekend!

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