Thursday, August 12, 2010

A Small Celebration

Despite the insufferable heat today I have found a reason to celebrate. Recently I entered two poems in The Northwoods Book and Arts Festival to be held August 28 in Hackensack (a town north of Brainerd). So I found out my poems ( Dragonflies and Early in the Morning at the Lake) will be in running for judging that day. The poems will be displayed with others entries and I will share them during a poetry reading time.
So to celebrate this bit of good news decided to share some of my favorite summer drink recipes. Perhaps you might want to cool off with a drink and wish me luck!
Summer Drink Recipes
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Apricot Slush
Ingredients:
  • 12 oz. can frozen lemonade thawed
  • 12 oz, can frozen orange juice concentrate thawed
  • 1 cup of vodka
  • 1 cup of apricot brandy
  • 3 quarts Diet 7-UP
Directions;
  • In a large Tupperware container mix all ingredients except 7-UP
  • Cover and freeze
  • To serve: Place scoops of slush mix in glass 3/4 full and fill rest of glass with 7-UP
  • Serve with a straw
  • Note: Make several days ahead before needed so frozen to a slushy state
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Peachy Keen Slush
Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 12 oz. frozen orange juice concentrate thawed
  • 12 oz. frozen lemonade thawed
  • 3 cups water
  • 2- 1/2 cups peach flavored schnapps
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 -28 oz. bottles of 7-UP
Directions:
  • In a medium saucepan boil sugar and 2 cups of water for 3 minutes
  • Cool
  • In a large Tupperware covered container combine sugar mixture, concentrates, peach schnapps, 3 cups of water and lemon juice
  • Cover and freeze
  • To serve: fill glass 3/4 full with slush mixture and add Diet 7-UP
  • Serve with a straw
  • Note make several days ahead so drink mixture is slushy
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Frozen Daiquiri
Ingredients:
2- 6 oz. limeade concentrate
1- 6 oz. lemonade concentrate
1 liter bottle diet 7 UP
1 small bottle of Squirt
2-1/2 juice cans of rum
2 juice cans of water

Directions:
  • Mix all ingredients in a large Tupperware container
  • Cover and freeze
  • To serve: Place slush mixture about t3/4 cup full and add Diet 7-UP
  • Serve with a straw
Lastly, don't forget when serving add a paper umbrella! Makes the drink seem so much more festive!
Keep Cool

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