1 can frozen limeade concentrate
6 ounces tequila
2 ounces triple sec
Fill blender with crushed ice. Pour in limeade concentrate, tequila and triple sec. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.
Some fun drinks occasionally show up at barbecues, including Blue Lagoons – made with vodka, Blue Curacao and lemonade. Serve this colorful option with grilled tuna or swordfish steaks. Make Cosmopolitans with citrus-flavored vodka, simple syrup, lime juice and cranberry juice; great served with grilled steaks. Fresh Peach Sangria, made when peaches are in season, can also contain white wine or champagne, and Cointreau. It goes well with smoky baby back ribs.
Carolina Peach Sangria
1 (750 milliliter) bottle of white wine
¾ cup vodka
½ cup peach nectar
6 tablespoons thawed frozen lemonade concentrate
2 tablespoons sugar
1 pound ripe peaches, peeled and sliced
1 six ounce package of fresh raspberries
2 cups club soda, chilled
Combine first five ingredients in a pitcher and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Stir-in peaches and raspberries. Cover and chill for eight hours. Stir in the chilled club soda just before serving.
White Russian Ice Cream Milkshakes, made with either marshmallow or whipped cream flavored vodka, milk, vanilla ice cream, Baileys Irish Cream liqueur and Kahlua always pairs beautifully with juicy burgers.
To get you in the summer mood, try this recipe for a Gin and Tonic Slushy. Serve it in martini glasses with grated lime garnish and rejoice that winter is finally over and summer has begun!
Gin and Tonic Slushy
¼ cup water
1 cup sugar
2 cups tonic water
¾ cups gin
Add the water and sugar to a saucepan, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook until the sugar is melted. Cool to room temperature. Microplane or grate the lime rinds and reserve for a garnish. Juice the limes. Add the tonic, gin, and lime juice and mix to combine. Pour into a freezer proof plastic container or into ice cube trays and place in the freezer. In two hours, take it out of the freezer and mix it all up with a fork. Return to the freezer for another two hours or until you are ready to make the drinks. To serve, use a fork to break up the ice to make it slushy and spoon it into martini glasses. Garnish with grated lime and serve.
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