Wednesday, June 13, 2012

THE Best Summer Cocktail

Are you looking for a light, refreshing cocktail mixture for your next outdoor gathering?  
Perhaps for your Father's Day Picnic or July 4th celebration cookout?


Well, if you've not heard or seen it, I have THE perfect one for you.

Raspberry Beer Cocktail
{aka "Skippy's"}

Southern Living Magazine
In my last post, I mentioned my niece's bridal shower was this past weekend, and I was in charge of the cocktails.  
Imagine that?!  The "CosmoGirl" in charge of cocktails!

Since it was an afternoon gathering, and a bridal shower, I didn't think my signature drink, Cosmopolitans, would be a good idea.

So, I started searching for refreshing summertime cocktails, and I found what I believe to be the best thing evaahhh!!!  Not only me, but all those ladies, and a few gents, at the shower agreed.  They sucked down this cocktail like it was the last bit of sustaining liquid on the planet.  
I actually quadrupled the recipe and we still ran out!

I decided to serve this amazing concoction in super-cute quilted crystal canning jars, that I will be able to use later in the season when I start canning goodies from the garden.  

They looked so adorable all line up on the lime-green tray just waiting to be grabbed up by the party goers.  I wished I'd taken more photos of the drink table, but you know how hectic it is setting up for a party . . .  especially a surprise party.  


I also made up a batch of Blue Margaritas in honor of my niece's "something blue" she's wearing on her wedding day ~ a fabulous pair of blue Manolo Blahnik shoes.  


The Blue Margaritas played second fiddle to the Raspberry Beer Cocktail, renamed "Rachel's Blushing Bride Cocktail" for the shower.  


I can't wait to whip a batch of these this weekend.  Maybe we'll have some for Father's Day.  Oh, and maybe a batch while relaxing on the deck Friday evening.  I bet a batch after a hard day's work in the yard on Saturday would be nice too. 
;o) 

You have to try this recipe.  
Even if you're not a beer drinker, I guarantee you and your guests will love it!


The Recipe

3/4 cup frozen raspberries
3-1/2 (12 oz) light beers*, chilled
1 (12 oz) frozen lemonade raspberry concentrate, thawed
1/2 cup vodka**
lemons and limes for garnish

*The reviewers of the recipe suggested using different light beers that all worked well ~ Corona Light, Bud Light Lime, even Miller Lite.  I choose to use Bud Light Lime hoping to get a bit more lime flavor going, and it worked great.

**I choose to use a citron (citrus flavored) vodka, and, again, it was great.  

I also could not find raspberry lemonade concentrate in my supermarket, so I used lemonade frozen concentrate and raspberry juice from the juice case.  I sliced lots of lemons and limes to place inside the drink dispenser with the frozen raspberries.  And in each mason jar glass, I added a couple fresh raspberries and thin slice of lime.



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3 comments:

GirlieBlogger@Beauty Fashion Blog Seattle said...

These look refreshing. Yum!

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

These sound good. I am always looking for a new cocktail to try. Thanks for the recipe! We hope to invite some friends over in the near future and I would love to put out a pitcher of something new.

Carol said...

I am so going to try this this weekend!!!!!

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