Umbrella-worthy Drinks for Summer

We’ve had a lot of fun posting and sharing with you this summer.  Although summer is not over yet, and here in Texas we still have many hot days to get through before we feel the first cool breeze of fall, we thought we would take time to look back at past posts and share with you our all-time umbrella-worthy cocktails.  What is an umbrella-worthy cocktail?  It is a cocktail that is especially good to drink beach or poolside that is not too heavy, can cool you down, and doesn’t look bad with an umbrella accessory.  Ready to see what drinks we picked?  Well, here you go….

The Royal Hurricane

The Royal Hurricane

If there ever was a drink that was meant to be adorned with a cute umbrella, it was this one.  High on flavor, freshness, and overall summer appeal, The Royal Hurricane is a hit at any pool party or sunset cruise.

Italian Mojito

The Italian Mojito has a great flavor with a zip of mint to help any hot summer day feel a little bit more refreshing.  Serve with crushed ice to up the umbrella factor.

La Branca

Let’s party like they do in the Mediterranean and enjoy life like the Italians.  Whether you are gazing out at the blue waters of the Mediterranean or the water in your local lake, this yummy alternative to the usual margarita is sure to put some flair into your afternoon.

Paloma

Rhonda’s go-to drink on a hot summer day.  It’s so easy to make and so refreshing.  You can’t go wrong with a Paloma.  It will make you feel like you are on a beach in Mexico watching an amazing sunset over the Pacific.

Day Drinking

The very name of this easy, light cocktail just begs for a cute umbrella.  As a close friend to the Paloma, no need to stop at just one.

Spiked Watermelon Lemonade

Just looking at this drink you know it is going to be a crowd-pleaser.  It is refreshing, sweet, and has summertime fun written all over it!

Grown Up Berry Lemonade

Who doesn’t crave refreshing lemonade on a hot summer day?  Make sure the kids know that this one is for mommy.  It is easy to make on short notice and long on summertime satisfaction.

Some Like It Hot

This drink turns up the heat, but satisfies on a hot day.  If you are into spicy drinks, this one is calling your name.  Don’t forget the umbrella!

Tequila Watermelon Fizz

The Tequila Watermelon Fizz is a very easy drink to make on the go at the lake or the beach.  It is light on ingredients and even lighter on calories.  No guilt here while you are sipping this in your bikini by the pool.

Strawberry Basil Margarita

The Strawberry Basil Margarita has been our cocktail of the summer.  What tastes more like summer than some strawberries combined with the zip of fresh basil?  It is truly a treat for all of your senses.

Try one.  Try them all.  What is your go-to umbrella-worthy drink?  We would love to hear about it.

 

Disclaimer:  Beverages on this site are meant for adults 21 years of age and older.  We do not condone underage drinking, and always drink responsibly.

Lighten Up Your Summer

One of the best parts about summer is slurping down delicious summer cocktails.  With plentiful amounts of fresh fruit, berries, and herbs available the options seem endless.  However, the added calories are not welcome to our waistlines.  As you are probably aware, cocktail calories can add up quickly.  We are always on the lookout for cocktails that are refreshing and let one imbibe a bit without the added calories.  We have shared some low calorie cocktails with you in our posts for Day Drinking and our Skinny Agave Margarita.  This week we have another umbrella-worthy lo-cal alternative that everyone can enjoy whether you are watching your waistline or not.

The Tequila Watermelon Fizz has only 64 calories per serving.  Yes — 64!!!!  While your friends are slurping down a Mambo Taxi from Mi Concina at 700 calories a pop, you will be slim and trim in your swim suit by the pool. To make the Tequila Watermelon Fizz you need your favorite tequila, lemon seltzer water, fresh limes and watermelon cubes.  We cubed our watermelon and placed it in the freezer for a couple of hours.  The frozen watermelon chunks served as a beautiful garnish, flavor enhancer, and as ice cubes for keeping our drink chilled.  Place an ounce of tequila in a rocks glass.  Add frozen watermelon.  Top off with chilled lemon seltzer water.  Add a lime wheel for garnish.  We made this refreshing cocktail on the fourth of July and upped the festive look with blueberries.

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Since this cocktail is so light and refreshing, it would taste great with any added fresh herbs, such as, thyme, rosemary, basil or cilantro.  If you want to get really crazy, throw in some freshly sliced jalapenos.  Let us know about your favorite combination.  We would love to hear from you!  Thanks to Rhonda’s friend, Amy, who shared this drink idea with us.

 

Disclaimer:  The beverages on this site are meant for adults 21 years of age and older.  We do not condone underage drinking, and never drink and drive.

Let Freedom Ring with a Strawberry Basil Margarita

Hey Blind Pig Friends, how was your Fourth of July?  Ours was very low key.  We stuck close to home and hung out by the pool.  While soaking up the sun we got a hankering for some Strawberry Basil Margaritas.  Our garden has been overflowing with herbs this summer thanks to the extra rain that we have been getting this season.  It is a shame to let all of those herbs go to waste without capitalizing on the fresh twist that they can add to cooking and mixing cocktails.  We know that Strawberry Basil Margaritas are not our own invention and are not anything new on the up and coming bar scene, BUT since this is our blog we thought we would remind you about a crowd pleasing summer cocktail.  We included our “Umbrella Worthy” stamp of approval on this recipe, as well.

To make this delicious drink you will need fresh basil, fresh strawberries, Monin Strawberry Flavored Syrup, agave nectar, fresh limes and your favorite tequila.  When making margs we always start from our basic Skinny Agave Margarita recipe.  However, since we used the Monin Strawberry Syrup, we backed off of the agave nectar slightly.

Place the tequila, strawberry syrup, agave nectar, and lime juice in a shaker over ice and shake for 20-30 seconds.  Pour into margarita glass filled with ice — we used sonic ice! Take a basil leaf and clap it between your hands.  This releases the flavors and aroma of the basil.  Place in cocktail.  Garnish with fresh sliced strawberries, and enjoy!

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This cocktail is so yummy, so fresh, so tasty!  It is a great cocktail to serve at any neighborhood cookout or if you are just chilling by the pool.  What is your favorite by the pool drink?

 

Disclaimer:  Beverages on this site are meant for adults 21 years of age and older.  We do not condone underage drinking, and never drink and drive.

May Bonus Post: La Branca

Hey friends!  We are back with a bonus post for the month of May.  This post is kicking off a summer series of posts that we have aptly named: Umbrella Worthy.  Throughout the summer we are going to feature some drinks that we think are the ultimate sipping by the pool -floating on the boat – soaking it up in the sun at the beach drinks.

There are many different stories about the origins of the cute little paper umbrella that we love in our summer sippers.  Google states that cocktail umbrellas were originally designed to keep sun off the ice and hence slow the melting process. Other stories accredit a famous bartender, Henry Ye, from the famed Hilton Hawaiian Village hotel bar, for being the first to use paper umbrellas in his cocktails.  Yet another story states that using paper umbrellas to garnish food became a craze after the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893.  Apparently the fair had a Chinese village that adorned food with paper umbrellas and the fad quickly caught on. (Imbibe Magazine, July/August 2018)  Whoever was first, it was a great idea that still makes beverages taste a little better and helps us all feel like we can sit back, relax, and just soak in life!

 

Our Umbrella Worthy drink of the month is the La Branca.  This yummy summer beverage is made with tequila, Fernet Branca, lime juice and ginger beer.  You may be thinking that the Fernet is a bit strong for you.  However, you loved Fernet in our yummy hot toddy.  Rhonda was skeptical, as well.  However, the tequila and the sweetness of the ginger beer soften the Fernet a lot.  You get to enjoy the herbally flavor of the Fernet without the overbearing taste.  Seriously!  Rhonda gave this cocktail 2 thumbs up.

Place an ounce of tequila, an ounce of Fernet Branca, and half ounce of fresh squeezed lime juice in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake for 30 seconds.

Pour into margarita glass.  Top off with ginger beer and garnish with a lime wedge and umbrella!

If you are viewing this post via email, visit us at http://www.theblindpig.blog for a printable recipe of La Branca.

The La Branca is smooth, refreshing, and a different twist than most summertime drinks. Try this Umbrella Worthy drink this weekend!