What We’re Loving: By the Pitcher

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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.

Eat Boutique is an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista–shop girl, writer, author, and creative business coach. After hosting pop-up markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie is working to open her first permanent Eat Boutique–a food-retail concept space with a new way to the very best food–as well as coaching women in food to reach life and business goals. Her second cookbook, A New Way to Food: 100 Recipes to Encourage a Healthy Relationship with Food, Nourish Your Beautiful Body, and Celebrate Real Wellness for Life, will be published by Roost Books on February 5, 2019. 

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