What We’re Loving: By the Pitcher



Sure the summer weekends are for great big cookouts.  But I don’t have a big backyard, or a grill, so I thought why not host an after work happy hour on the patio or in the kitchen with the air conditioning at full blast?  Either option gives me the chance to plate up some chic summer appetizers and a pitcher of one of these stunning, cool summer cocktails from some of our favorite food blogs.

It’s perfectly normal to crave a margarita – salt rimmed glass, cool booze on the rocks.  We found two delicious options: for spicy and sweet, this Habanero Maple Vodka Margarita might be your go-to. {from Rurally Screwed, inspired by Cooking Channel chef Nadia G.} Or keep it absolutely simple, but fresh, with the Simplest Margarita – lime, tequila, honey, water, done.  {from Hungry Girl por Vida}

If spritzers are more your style (and we love a good spritzer) then grab some bubbles and whip up a batch of Honeysuckle Mulberry Spritzer. {from biscuits and such}  A clear alternative to that pretty purple cocktail is this Cucumber Mint Lemon Spritzer.  {from Love + Cupcakes}

Basil and Blueberry Vodka Soda sounds perfect for a summer evening.  Plus, its an excuse to make your own simple syrups. {from blackberries and blood oranges}

Put on a hat, treat yourself to a Lemon and Mint Julep and map out next year’s jaunt to the Kentucky Derby (or viewing party!). {from shutterbean, adapted from Everyday Food}

Looking to keep your pitcher non-alcoholic?  Cilantro Limeade {from shutterbean, adapted from Whole Living Magazine} or Strawberry Cucumber Agua Fresca {from A Cozy Kitchen} are pretty and refreshing options.

All photos taken by and appear with permission from Cindy, Paola Parsons, and Adrianna.

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  • Gorgeous! I’ll have one of each, please 🙂

  • I’m about to make a simple margarita. Yum. 🙂

  • Who doesn’t love ALL summer alcoholic beverages! I’d take one of each of these please!

    • I look forward to the weekend too! xox

  • Basil and blueberry vodka soda is my favourite, I never forget to drink it in the summer season because it refreshes my mood.

  • I do love Cilantro
    Limeade it