Happy Hour: Beyond Country Time

Jul 30, 2010

Remember the Country Time lemonade commercials?  Their idyllic scenes of front porch swings and neighborhood pot lucks always made me feel wistful and dreamy.  Now I realize that it was the buzz from the rose-colored, sugar water that I’d been drinking.  Ah, Country Time…the flavor of my childhood.  Because nothing says summer like polysorbate 80.

These days, I prefer my lemonade with a grown up twist.  And since I survived to see another August Recess (woo hoo!), I plan on downing a few (dozen) of these this weekend while I lay by the pool and try to recover my sanity.  August really is the most wonderful time of the year.

Frilly Dress (TopShop, $80)

This flirty, chiffon dress makes me think of light breezes and cocktails on the patio.  The perfect way to enjoy the waning days of Summer.  Add a cute metallic sandal, a clutch and a pretty earring and you’re dressed for an evening spent dining and drinking al fresco.

Pink Lemonade Cocktail

Yield: Make 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients
1  (12-oz.) can frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
3  (12-oz.) bottles beer (not dark), chilled
3/4  cup  vodka, chilled
Ice
Garnishes: fresh cranberries, citrus slices

Preparation
1. Stir together first 3 ingredients. Serve over ice. Garnish, if desired.

I’ve made this recipe twice, once for a Summer barbecue and once for a bridal shower, and it’s a big hit.  I also recommend using Corona or Bud Light Lime.  We tried it with Budweiser once and it had a bit of an after taste that was less than pleasant.

Happy Recess!

Happy Hour

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  1. Alice says:

    Oh man, I love Skippy! That combination of alcohol sounds disgusting, but it is delicious. That dress is adorable too.

  2. R says:

    Love the dress, love the drink, love the plan! Thank you for finally arriving, August!

  3. Rachel says:

    It’s a shandy with vodka! Why didn’t I think of that? One of my fav drinks anytime of year is blueberry vodka and lemonade.

  4. Chris says:

    what a lovely and refreshing drink idea. Yum, I cannot wait to try it and I love the dress in this post!

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