Perfect Summer Cocktails

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I definitely wouldn’t call myself “a drinker”.  We have lots of wine in our house, but we only break it out for the occasional special dinner or party.  We never have more than a glass or two each.  We usually have beer in our fridge, but it’s usually for guests.  The one bottle of tequila we have has been in our cabinet for over a year… slowly being used for the occasional margarita.

But there’s something about summer that encourages a nice cool alcoholic drink.  Maybe it’s the humidity; if we’re going to perspire, we’d might as well have a frosty beverage in one hand and a fan in the other.  Maybe it’s the longer stretches of daylight which allow us to sit outside on our patio and enjoy the slow cool-down of the night until 8 or 9pm.  What better way to watch the sunset than with a glass of chilled sangria?  Or maybe its the smell of barbeques in the air that conjure up memories of family and friends grilling outside, each one with a cold bottle of beer just within reach.

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It’s just the season.  Summer turns me into a drinker (just a little bit).  I’m not the only one.  Blogs all over the internet are riddled with recipes for the perfect summer cocktail.  So, I looked around and found a few that looked incredibly tasty to post on here.  I’m definitely into the fruity drinks and I’d rather not taste as much alcohol in it (since I’m not a huge drinker in the first place), so remember, always adjust to your tastes.

The one recipe that I’m actually posting the recipe for is a drink that has been a part of at LEAST 4 conversations in the past week – Beer Margaritas.  Since we really only keep tequila in the house, it’s the one I’ll be trying first!  My girlfriend has been raving about these; sweet, but not too sweet, a bit tart, a little fizzy, and the perfect drink please all your friends.  This recipe comes from one of my favorite blogs, Skinny Kitchen.  Not only is this drink tasty, but it’s SKINNY!  You won’t be loaded up with sugar and calories with this one.

Beer Margaritas (from the Skinny Kitchen blog)
Servings: 8 (3/4 cup per serving)
PointsPlus Per Serving: 5
Calories Per Serving: 229

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Ingredients

  • 1 (12 ounce) can frozen limeade concentrate (thawed)
  • 1.5 cups (12 fluid ounces) tequila
  • 1 (12 oz) can diet 7-up (1.5 cups)
  • 1 (12oz) bottle or can of light beer (1.5 cups)

Garnish

  • lots of ice cubes
  • 2 limes cut into wedges

Directions
1. In a pitcher, add the ingredients and stir until blended.

2. Place lots of ice in each glass. Add the margarita mix and garnish with a lime wedge.

Prep Tip – The day before you make these, defrost the limeade in the refrigerator.  Otherwise, place in a bowl of hot water to defrost quickly.

If you’d like, do them “frozen” and blend ingredients in a blender with ice! I’m a huge fan of the frozen drinks, so that would be my preference. If this is what you’re doing, don’t worry about defrosting the limeade concentrate completely. Keep it kinda chunky. Then you’ll be able to use less ice, hence creating a less-watered-down drink. Beer, tequila and lime = happy day.

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