Summertime Sips!


Boy oh boy, is it hot outside. I’m all about some fun in the sun, but sometimes…the heat just gets to me! So why not cool down your cook-out with some refreshing drink recipes? Here are a few fun ones that you can get creative with—add your own ‘spirit’ to each and spice up any lazy, hazy day of summer. 

Strawberry Basil Lemonade

Countrytime Lemonade Flavor Drink Mix (this is a must-have in my kitchen during the summer months!)

1 container of fresh strawberries

3 leaves of fresh basil

*Splash of gin – optional

Mix up a pitcher of lemonade using the powdered drink mix—you can make as much as you want! Chop the tops off the strawberries and then dice into smaller pieces. Chop the basil, but not too fine—this is just to add a different flavor to the drink, so it doesn’t have to ‘dissolve’ into the lemonade. Add strawberries and basil to the pitcher of lemonade and stir well. Pour over ice and enjoy! (You can even run a sliced strawberry around the rim of your glass and then dip the top of the glass into a plateful of sugar–kind of like a sweet version of margarita salt!)

Big Orange Dream

1 carton of orange juice (pulp-free, with pulp…it’s up to you!)

8 oz. Cool Whip, slightly thawed

1 pkg. instant vanilla pudding mix


*Add rum if you like!

In a blender, pour 12 ounces of orange juice and blend in half of the vanilla pudding mix. Add half of the whipped topping and blend until smooth. Finally, add the ice and blend together. Serve it up with a dallop of whipped cream on top! Cheers!

As an added tip, try substituting ice cubes (which will melt and water down your drink) with some frozen berries to add more flavor to your summer beverage!