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Happy Hour: Beyond Country Time

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

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

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!


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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.

    July 30, 2010/Reply
  2. R says:

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

    July 30, 2010/Reply
  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.

    July 30, 2010/Reply
  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!

    August 2, 2010/Reply