Happy Friday!!! We’ve got a nice weekend in town planned, including an awesome wedding tonight for some of our dear friends’. I plan to swap out my heels for flip flops and dance the night away.
I’m sure that many of you have an awesome weekend planned out with summer BBQs, pool parties and some belated Fourth of July festivities. For this week’s Friday Favourites I’m sharing some fun and refreshing drinks to enjoy this weekend. Head to the grocery store for some fruits, veggies and fresh fruit, ransack that liquor cabinet (optional) and grab that blender to make some awesome summer drinks!
1. Piña Colada
Piña Colada is a classic summer drink. Coconut, pineapple and lime – it’s a tropical vacation in a glass. This lighter version still has all those great flavours, but with less calories. Perfect for bikini season! You can make part of these drink in advance and then blend it up when you guests arrive.
2. Watermelon Mojitos
I loved the Watermelon Slushies I made at the cottage last weekend, and these mojitos seem like the next step up. Use a juicer or a blender with a mesh strainer to mix up refreshing watermelon juice as the base of this minty beverage.
3. Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie
Recalling memories of the fruit creamsicles of your youth, mix up a blender of these awesome creamy citrus smoothies. Add a little orange slice on for garnish!
4. Iced Tea
I’m not a coffee person, but if I was, this iced coffee would be my drink of choice this summer. It’s simply coffee (with a dash of sugar) frozen into ice cubes with cold milk poured over, but it looks divine. This would be an awesome way to make an iced coffee version of your favorite blends. I know Garrett would be psyched if I made him a tray of ice cubes with his beloved Dunkin Donuts French Vanilla. He stocks up when we’re in the US!
5. Verde Mary Cocktail
While my palette tends to lean towards sweet/tart drinks, I know that many of you out there dig savoury beverages. If you’re a fan of bloody marys, you need to try this Verde Mary Cocktail using green tomatoes and tomatillos. It’s super refreshing and helps increase your vegetable consumption!
Most of these drinks call for liquor in them, but they can all be made into great mocktails too. Just omit the booze and add a little more liquid to keep the texture the same. If you’re planning to serve one of these recipes up at a party, I always recommend making a non-alcoholic version too, for guests who don’t drink. It’s nice for them to feel included!