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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Summer Spiked Lemonade

Memorial Day weekend is finally upon us....that signature 'entrance to summer'. Chances are, you've been invited to at least one cookout or outdoor party this weekend (fingers crossed for cooperative weather!!). Maybe you're hosting this weekend. Maybe you want nothing more than to sit at home and soak up your extra-long weekend. Whatever you end up doing for the next few days, you probably want to involve this drink somehow.

My first taste of this Summer Spiked Lemonade, as we've dubbed it, for lack of a better name, coincided with a big family kickball game one 4th of July weekend. Before heading out into the hot sun, I quickly (and unwisely) gulped down a few glasses of this. Let's put it this way...while some members of the family were getting fired up over a controversial run, my competitive side was completely pushed aside and the Summer Spiked Lemonade gave me a more apathetic view of the game!

Though I don't recommend mixing this drink with family kickball, I assure you it is the perfect drink to sit outside and sip in the company of friends. It's light, it's refreshing, and it remains one of my favorite summer beverages! Enjoy!

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Summer Spiked Lemonade

-6 cups lemonade (we've used both lemonade concentrate or made it fresh squeezed and added sugar! Fresh is best, but much more time consuming--no one will notice if it's made with concentrate!)
-1 1/2 cups vodka
-3 lemons, sliced in wheels
-half a cucumber, sliced
-1/2 cup mint leaves

1. In a large pitcher, mix lemonade and vodka. Stir in sliced lemons, cucumber, and mint.
2. Pour into individual glasses filled with ice. Garnish with additional lemon or mint if desired.