Favorite Summer Cocktail Recipes!

Nothing is better than sitting in my backyard at the end of the day while the kids run around and I enjoy one of my favorite refreshing summer cocktail recipes. So I thought it would be fun to share my top 4 favorites!

Looking for a few new summer cocktail recipes? Whether you like hard alcohol or wine, I'm sharing four of my favorites, with links to many other recipes!

Favorite Summer Cocktail Recipes

Looking for a few new summer cocktail recipes? Whether you like hard alcohol or wine, I'm sharing four of my favorites, with links to many other recipes!

1. This Vodka Cocktail is my new favorite summer cocktail! It’s so easy to make and so refreshing. And you can’t taste the alcohol. It’s an easy sippin’ drink and while I like it with sparking lime water and a squeeze of lime, it’s also yummy with lemon. Next up? I’m going to try it with grapefruit!

Looking for a few new summer cocktail recipes? Whether you like hard alcohol or wine, I'm sharing four of my favorites, with links to many other recipes!

2. This Perfect Summer Cocktail is also smooth and refreshing, but with a flavorful kick. I think the Simply Orange with Mango is what makes it so tasty.

But maybe hard alcohol isn’t your thing. Wine is a favorite of mine anytime of the year, and so is sangria…

Looking for a few new summer cocktail recipes? Whether you like hard alcohol or wine, I'm sharing four of my favorites, with links to many other recipes!

3. How about a Peach and Orange Sangria? This recipe makes a whole pitcher, and there probably won’t be any left!

Looking for a few new summer cocktail recipes? Whether you like hard alcohol or wine, I'm sharing four of my favorites, with links to many other recipes!

4. It’s not everyday that you want to make a whole pitcher of sangria. Maybe you just want one glass. This One-Glass White Sangria fits the bill.

I’ve also got lots of other cocktail recipes here for any time of the year. Want even more? Visit my Happy Hour board on Pinterest.

Wake up your water with these flavored water recipes and never drink soda again!

I know not everybody is crazy about cocktails. I also have 2 of my favorite water recipes here. You’ll never want to drink soda again.

What are your favorite summer cocktail recipes? I’d love to try them out!

Are you listening? A short piece of fiction inspired by the word "listen".I wrote this for Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop for Prompt #2: Milkshakes, margaritas, smoothies and more…share your favorite summer time drink recipe. 

Quick & Easy DIY 4th of July Wreath

The 4th of July is right around the corner, and it’s one of my favorite summer holidays. I have lots of patriotic decor that I put up mid June and keep up for the rest of the summer. The red, white and blue colors are cheery and instantly make me think “summer”. It also happens to be my mom’s birthday. Her mom always told her that the fireworks were for her. And one of my favorite things to put up is my DIY 4th of July wreath that I made a few years back.

I found the instructions for this DIY 4th of July wreath while looking through a magazine. I am not a crafty person, so for me to attempt something like this is out of my comfort zone. This wreath is the kind of thing I’d usually overpay for in a craft store. 

I already had a straw wreath I had bought back in November when I was going to make a DIY Thanksgiving wreath that Jill created at Baby Rabies. It didn’t ever happen, so the only thing I had to buy to make this wreath was tulle, ribbon and the stars. I think it came out pretty good!

This quick&simple DIY 4th of July wreath is incredibly easy to put together, even for someone who's not crafty like me! Can be used for other holidays, too!
It only took me about a half hour or so to make it, and was so simple even I couldn’t mess it up. And because it was inexpensive to make (less than $10 since I didn’t have to buy a wreath), I can’t wait to make one for each upcoming holiday!

Quick & Easy DIY 4th of July Wreath

So here is how to do it:

Cut 35 – 45 strips of red and white tulle (I actually used wire ribbon for the red!). Each strip should measure about 6 by 15 inches. I bought a 2-1/4 yard piece of 54 inch wide tulle for each color. Using a 12 or 18 inch straw wreath (leave the plastic on top of it to avoid a mess), knot the strips around the wreath, alternating colors every 10 knots. Line up the knots so they are even and fluff the tulle at the ends.

Next, using festive colored garland (I used one with blue, red, and silver starts about 8 feet in length) wind it around the wreath. I used white tulle to tie the garland on  in a few spots.

I also got a long piece of red tulle and tied it to the top to hang from my wreath holder. It took longer to cut all the strips than to put the entire thing together!

The best part about this DIY 4th of July wreath is that you can easily remove the stars and reuse the wreath for other holidays – think pink and red hearts for Valentine’s Day or maybe adding ornaments and some green ribbon for Christmas.

What are some of your favorite simple and quick crafts to make for the holidays like this DIY 4th of July wreath? Since I had such a fun time doing this one, now I’m looking for others to make too!