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. 

A Refreshing Vodka Cocktail

I’ll admit it: I’m not a big fan of hard alcohol. I’m more of a beer and wine kinda girl. My husband, on the other hand, enjoys a good cocktail. So when he created this refreshing vodka cocktail and asked me to try it, I said no. Not a fan of vodka and water. But this is more than just vodka and water!

Looking for a refreshing vodka cocktail recipe? Look no further! This recipe is perfect...just make sure that you always use Tito's Vodka. It's the best!

Simple Refreshing Vodka Cocktail

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Ingredients

  • Ice
  • 1 shot of GOOD vodka. We only recommend Tito's Vodka.
  • Lime flavored sparkling water
  • A squeeze of lime

Instructions

  1. Put some ice in your favorite glass. Add the vodka. Top with water and a squeeze of lime.
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As I mentioned, you’ll want to use GOOD vodka if you are drinking it with water or on the rocks. My brother introduced us to Tito’s Vodka, and even though it looks generic, I’m telling you it’s the best vodka out there.

Looking for a refreshing vodka cocktail recipe? Look no further! This recipe is perfect...just make sure that you always use Tito's Vodka. It's the best!

This is not a sponsored post or anything like that, it’s just seriously the best vodka to make a vodka cocktail with! It’s better than other “premium” vodkas like Grey Goose, Kettle One, and Belvedere.

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It’s simple to make and it’s so refreshing. This is a sippin’ drink. Enjoy it at your next get together with friends or after a long day to unwind. Try this vodka cocktail and you’ll definitely enjoy it!

Looking for a refreshing vodka cocktail recipe? Look no further! This recipe is perfect...just make sure that you always use Tito's Vodka. It's the best!

I’ve also got another great cocktail recipe for the perfect summer cocktail. And if you’re looking for great vodka cocktail recipes or just a bunch of great cocktail recipes, visit my Cocktail Hour board on Pinterest.

Do you have a great vodka cocktail or just a cocktail recipe that you love? Feel free to link to it below!

Want to check out reader’s featured recipes? You’ll find them here. And if you would you like to get a recipe featured at Mommy of a Monster, find out how to do it here.


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Crowd Pleasing Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving. My absolute favorite holiday. When else during the year can you eat and drink like a pig and it’s totally acceptable to overindulge? We have some Thanksgiving recipes that always appear on our Thanksgiving table. These are recipes that someone brought to the party one year and they became instant family favorites. These are the recipes that people ask for over and over. Every family has those recipes, right?

These Thanksgiving recipes are not new to Mommy of a Monster; I’ve shared them all before. But if you are a procrastinator and have no idea what to serve on the big day, this recipe roundup will help!

Crowd Pleasing Thanksgiving Recipes

This roundup of Thanksgiving recipes includes recipes for appetizers, side dishes, desserts, and a Day After Thanksgiving casserole made with leftovers!

Jalapeno Creamed Corn

This Jalapeno Creamed Corn recipe is A-MAZ-ING and we eat it at almost every big family gathering we have. Don’t be frightened away by the jalapenos; you can de-seed them all first so they just add a bit of zip, not heat. This recipe was even featured on BlogHer!

This roundup of Thanksgiving recipes includes recipes for appetizers, side dishes, desserts, and a Day After Thanksgiving casserole made with leftovers!

The Best Broccoli EVER

This broccoli recipe is eaten at our house at least once a week, and Ethan will even eat it as a snack. It’s one of my most highly-pinned recipes, and is my 2nd most popular post. Yep, it’s that good!

This roundup of Thanksgiving recipes includes recipes for appetizers, side dishes, desserts, and a Day After Thanksgiving casserole made with leftovers!

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Leeks, and Pine Nuts

Brussels sprouts aren’t for everybody, but if you love ’em or if you need a healthy side dish Thanksgiving recipe, this one is perfect. It’s tasty and rich and, well, yummy!

This roundup of Thanksgiving recipes includes recipes for appetizers, side dishes, desserts, and a Day After Thanksgiving casserole made with leftovers!

Upside Down Pumpkin Cake

No Thanksgiving is complete without pumpkin pie…or is it? This Upside Down Pumpkin Cake recipe is my claim to fame and a recipe I don’t give out very often. Make this cake and people will be begging for the recipe, they’ll ask you to bring it again next year, and they’ll think you spent all day baking when really you just dump a bunch of stuff in a pan! And this recipe is featured in Scary Mommy’s (YES! That Scary Mommy!) new book Guide To Surviving the Holidays. For more pumpkin recipes, check out my pumpkin recipe roundup from last year.

This roundup of Thanksgiving recipes includes recipes for appetizers, side dishes, desserts, and a Day After Thanksgiving casserole made with leftovers!

Or if you are looking for something other than pumpkin pie to serve, check out my Holy Cow Cake…it’s my #1 most popular post and recipe!

This roundup of Thanksgiving recipes includes recipes for appetizers, side dishes, desserts, and a Day After Thanksgiving casserole made with leftovers!

Not a big dessert fan? After dinner coffee takes on a whole new meaning with my Adults Only Coffee with Kahlua, Amaretto, and chocolate.
This roundup of Thanksgiving recipes includes recipes for appetizers, side dishes, desserts, and a Day After Thanksgiving casserole made with leftovers!

Tastes Like Thanksgiving Casserole

What to do with all of those leftovers? I’ve gotcha covered! I love making this Tastes Like Thanksgiving Casserole after the holiday, but also throughout the winter because it’s the ultimate comfort food!

I’ve also got a whole slew of crowd pleasing appetizer and dessert recipes. You can also check out my Thanksgiving recipes board on Pinterest!

What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving recipes? I’d love to check them out!

The PERFECT Summer Cocktail

This past week, we spent our family vacation with friends at a resort in Palm Desert…more on that coming later in the week. During our vacation, my husband concocted what we are now calling the PERFECT summer cocktail.

So let me start from the beginning…years ago friends of ours used to make a drink that we called The Sandbar because we always drank them at the sandbar in Lake Havasu. I’m sure that it’s got a fancy cocktail name, but that’s what we call it. It’s a mixture of vodka and Squirt. It’s yummy give it a shot! And I’m not much of a hard alcohol drinker so for me to say a cocktail is yummy, it can’t taste like alcohol.

Anyways we didn’t want to pay $8 a beer at the restaurant by the pool, so we decided to make our old favorite drink, The Sandbar. While digging around in the fridge for all the fixin’s, my husband saw the Simply Orange with Mango juice and decided to add some of that to his drink. It was so good! The sweetness of the juice with the citrus-y, grapefruit flavor of the Squirt made for a great combo! And that is how the PERFECT summer cocktail was created.

Looking for an refreshing summer cocktail? We have it right here...and it only takes three ingredients to make it: vodka, OJ, and a surprising twist!

How To Make The PERFECT Summer Cocktail

It’s simple to make. Get a large glass and fill it up with ice. Throw in a shot or two of your favorite vodka. Then fill the glass half up with Squirt, and the rest of the way up with Simply Orange with Mango.

Want to make a big batch of it? Just pour out about half of the Simply Orange from the jug. Put it in a cup for the kids or in a larger container for your second batch later. Then pour a can of Squirt and vodka to taste into the jug. Cheers!

You can play with the flavors until you get your own version of the PERFECT summer cocktail. I bet citrus flavored vodka would taste great too! Or maybe pink lemonade? The possibilities are endless!

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If you are looking for other refreshing summer drinks to sip by the pool, try my Peach and Orange Sangria or my One-Glass White Sangria recipe. Want more yummy beverages for adults? Try my Cocktails & Beverages for Adults board on Pinterest.

Have a favorite refreshing cocktail to share? Leave a link so I can pin it!

Best Mimosa Recipe: Cranberry Mimosa

Mimosas are always a hit at breakfast and brunch get togethers, and this is one of the best mimosa recipes I’ve tried! This cranberry mimosa is a perfect twist to a regular old mimosa. Make sure to use good champagne – I used Michelle Extra Dry – to really enhance the flavor!

This is the best mimosa recipe we've tried in a long time. A mixture of cranberry juice, orange juice, and Champagne will make your taste buds sing!

It’s really easy to make. Mix up some cranberry juice, orange juice, and champagne and you’ve got a gorgeous looking mimosa. This recipe is perfect if you are mixing a batch up for the masses or if you are making just one or two.

If you are making just one or two, fill 1/3 of a champagne flute (or whatever glass you are using) with cranberry juice, top with another 1/3 or orange juice, and top off the rest of the glass with champagne.

If you are making it for the masses, follow the best mimosa recipe below:

Best Mimosa Recipe: Cranberry Mimosa
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Ingredients

  • 32 ounces Champagne, chilled
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice, chilled
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice, chilled
  • 8 orange slices or fresh mint for garnish

Instructions

  1. Combine the Champagne, orange juice, cranberry juice in a large pitcher. Serve immediately, adding garnish for flair.
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The great thing about mimosas is that they are so versatile. You can add in any juices and still call it a champagne cocktail or mimosa. Mix it up and try a variety of juice combinations and feel free to share your best mimosa recipe.

Looking for another best mimosa recipe? Try my Amaretto Mimosa. For other yummy cocktail ideas, check out my Alcoholic Beverages on Pinterest.

Disclaimer: Thanks to Michelle Sparkling Wines for sending me two samples of sparkling wines to try! This was a great way to drink good bubbly!