Saturday, June 9, 2012

Sweet Summertime Reads: Grab a book & get your drink on!



The summer is not complete until you grab a tasty beverage along with your current summer read and settle in for a relaxing, good time.  Tara, Estelle, Magan, & I have teamed up to present to you the SWEET SUMMERTIME READS feature.  Today we're giving you our favorite cocktails (a few are virgin) to accompany those delicious summer reads.

Now keep in mind, most of these are a little more A than Y (meaning they contain alcohol & should only be consumed by those 21 & older).  However, there is no age limit on these fantastic summer reads.  So feel free to enjoy these books, even without the adult beverage near by. Be sure to check out all the fabulous giveaways happening here at my blog, as well as Fiction Folio and Rather Be Reading!

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A Midsummer's Nightmare & a Tequila Sunrise

Ingredients:
1.5 oz tequila
3/4 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 ounce of grenadine syrup
 ice cubes
1 slice orange for garnish
1 maraschino cherry for garnish

Directions:
Stir or shake together tequila and orange juice. Fill a chilled 12 ounce glass with ice cubes; pour in orange juice mixture. Slowly pour in the grenadine, and allow it to settle to the bottom of the glass. Garnish with a slice of orange, and a maraschino cherry. [allrecipes]


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In Honor & a Classic Margarita

Ingredients:
lime wedges
salt
ice cubes
1 1/2 cups tequila
1 cup lime juice

Directions:
Rub the rim of a glass with a lime wedge and dredge in salt. Fill a cocktail shaker with the ice, tequila, and lime juice. Pour into the glass. Garnish with lime wedge, if desired. [food network]


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Wanderlove & a Belize Breeze

Ingredients:
1 ounce coconut rum
3 ounces fresh pineapple juice
1 teaspoon grenadine

Directions:
Mix all of the ingredients in a highball glass filled with ice and enjoy! [food network]




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Unbreak My Heart & a Root Beer Float

Ingredients:
vanilla ice cream
root beer

Directions:
Spoon a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream into a tall glass. Slowly pour root beer into the glass, allowing the foam to rise and then recede before adding more root beer. [simply recipes]




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Amy & Roger's Epic Detour & a Sonic Lemon Berry Slush

Ingredients:
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 cup water
1 cup frozen strawberries, thawed, with juice
1/4 cup sugar
ice cubes

Directions:
In a blender, blend the lemon juice, water, strawberries with juice, sugar, and ice cubes until slushy. Serve in a tall glass with a straw. [allrecipes]

Do you have any tasty cocktail recipes you'd like to share? Please do so in the comments!  If you try any of these out (while reading these fabulous books of course), please let us know.  Cheers!

12 comments:

  1. Such a great idea. I totally want a drink now. Preferably one of the first three lol :D

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  2. I just woke up with a wine induced hangover and saw this and thought "You know, maybe this would help me." I'm currently looking for pineapple juice in my fridge so I can make a Wanderlove.

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  3. How cute are you and all your pairings! Soooo perfect! And I love the root beef float and sonic selections. The root beer float is SOOO perfect for Unbreak My Heart! Nicely done, G!

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  4. What a great post, Ginger! It's my fervent belief that all books should be paired with food and or drink, and you've done so excellently! Considering I just bought Margarita mix, I may have to go with option #2. :P

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  5. Love the drink suggestions! As far as mixing drinks go, my friends and I are notorious for grabbing slushes or limeades from Sonic and adding in stuff when we get home!

    The Belize Breeze looks super yummy!

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  6. YUMMY! and OMG the Sonic one is so perfect for Amy and Roger :) love love love!

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  7. I want a root beer float now - and to read Unbreak My Heart. Love the Sonic drink for Amy & Roger!!

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  8. Such a perfect post for a sunny day! A book and a drink...it doesn't get any better!

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  9. hahaha. I'm pretty sure the margarita portion of In Honor was my favorite part!

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  10. mmMMMmm that Belize Breeze sounds TASTY. What, no cherry limeade anywhere? ;)

    Cheers!

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  11. I knew I was holding off on Wanderlove and Unbreak My Heart for a reason... I needed a drink pairing! Belize Breeze. YUM.

    Maggie

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  12. What a fab & fun idea - this post makes me SMILE

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