Cocktails for a Summer Send-Off

Photo Credit: Laura Magevney

Photo Credit: Laura Magevney

In Florida, it’s summer nine months out of the year.

Not that this little fact should get in the way of celebrating the final days of the “official season” along with our friends to the north.

This post shares a few cocktails that symbolize the sun, the sand and the long days of summer.

2013 Art & Antiques Show Chair Laura Magevney shares a favorite apéritif for a summertime party.

Ortega Lemonade, a mixed drink that always proves a crowd-pleaser on hot summer days.

Photo Credit: Laura Magevney

Photo Credit: Laura Magevney

Ingredients:
1 gallon lemonade
2 (12 oz) cans frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 (12 oz) can frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
1 16 oz bottle Key lime juice
1 1/2 (1.75 liter) bottles citrus flavored vodka
2 lemons & 2 limes, sliced

Instructions:
Combine the first 5 ingredients in a large container.
Mix well. Serve over ice.
Recipe Courtesy of the Toast of the Coast Cookbook provided by The Junior League of Jacksonville.

For a refreshing appetizer, Laura turns to layers of watermelon, feta cheese and basil stacked together in bite size portions.

Photo credit: Laura Magevney

Photo credit: Laura Magevney

It’s not time for the Kentucky Derby, but James Farmer’s Mint Julep should be enjoyed more than once a year. James says this classic cocktail is one of his “go to Southern Summer drinks.”

For those looking for a little more spice, Danielle Rollins shares a recipe for a Pineapple Jalapeño Margarita in her blog, Gracious Living & Stylish Entertaining.

These mixed drinks are perfect for a last-minute summer gathering or for anyone who favors serving cocktails that reflect the warm climate of the Sunshine State.

 
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