Easy Pitcher Drinks for a Summer Weekend

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As we enter the warmest days of summer, I’m often in search of something cold and refreshing. A fun and flavorful pitcher drink is always in my refrigerator when the temperatures reach 80 degrees Fahrenheit and above. They’re also great to have on hand when entertaining. These delicious concoctions are best enjoyed from a rocking chair in the company of a good friend! (In the shade, of course.)

Tropical Punch
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Ingredients
  1. 1 (46-ounce) can pineapple juice, chilled
  2. 4½ cups ginger ale, chilled
  3. 4 cups orange juice, chilled
  4. ¼ cup fresh lemon juice, chilled
Instructions
  1. In a large pitcher, combine all ingredients. Serve over ice.
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Strawberry Lemonade
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Ingredients
  1. 6 cups water, divided
  2. 2 1/2 cups chopped fresh strawberries
  3. 2 cups sugar
  4. 1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice (about 11 lemons)
  5. Garnish: fresh lemon slices
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan, bring 3 cups water, strawberries, and sugar to a boil over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Set aside, and let cool completely.
  2. Strain mixture into a pitcher, discarding solids. Stir in lemon juice and remaining 3 cups water. Refrigerate until chilled. Serve over ice, and garnish with lemon, if desired.
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What’s your favorite summer beverage?

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  1. I will definitely try the tropical punch it sounds refreshing!
    I love different types of tea drinks iced and hot, and anything
    with different summer fruits. Punches at pot lucks are always
    a favorite I remember one with lime soda and ice cream but can’t
    remember how it was made…….thanks for triggering those memories and now I’m on
    to fruity liquid refreshments to go along with all of our farm to
    fork dinners and BBQ’s. Enjoy your summer! Carmel

  2. Both recipes sound delicious!
    We are rather partial to iced tea, also — Arnold Palmer (half lemonade & half strong black sweet tea); green tea with mango; fresh squeezed lime juice in black sweet tea.
    Hmm, think I’ll go pour us an ice cold glass right now!!
    {Nikki – trust me – NEVER skip the deviled eggs!!}

  3. Thank you for the recipes. At a recent Birmingham family members bridal reception for a grand daughter who lives in Florida and married in Ireland, I served an orange juice based punch with apple juice, lemon juice, simple syrup and a bit of iced tea and a splash of vanilla. With the ice I floated thin orange and lemon slices. A friend from Bavaria taught me to add a bit of vanilla to any fruit concoction. It deepens flavors.

  4. I always have a welcome drink for my guests. In a pitcher I mix, cranberry-raspberry juice, a little bit of orange juice, Perrier sparkling water and add to that some orange and lemon slices. So as not to dilute the mixture too much, I add ice cubes made out of the aforementioned juices.

  5. I make the punch for every party. I skipped it once and I thought I’d have a mutiny. If I had skipped the deviled eggs too, I’d have been a permanent outcast socially. Thanks for sharing it.

  6. My favorite summer beverage is still a great pitcher of iced tea. Often I mix iced tea with fruit, sometimes with a little fruit juice, lots of ice, and it’s summer in a pitcher. I’m going to try the strawberry lemonade for my upcoming backyard party though! Thank you for the recipe.

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