With Labor Day weekend starting tomorrow, I figured I’d do something a bit different with my Thirsty Thursday post. My reasoning is mostly selfish, I’ll admit! We’re having a BBQ on Sunday, and I’ve been brainstorming what to make for food and beverages. I was thinking about making a big pitcher of something boozy, and a big pitcher of something non-boozy.
But that’s starting to sound like a lot of laboring for Labor Day.
So here’s my solution: Make a BIG batch of something non-boozy that is terrific with just about any booze added to it, for those partaking. Kids are happy, non-drinkers are happy, and the boozers are happy. Yay!
This is the epitome of a simple recipe, but there are so many variations to it that it’s like 8 recipes in one, so we’re kind of even, yeah? Sweet.
Here’s the Basic dealio:
In a large (6 cup) pitcher: Dissolve 1/4 cup mild honey in 1/2 hot water. Add 1 cup lemon juice (about 3 BIG lemons), 1/2 cup raspberries and top it off with water. (about 4 cups) Stir. Tada! Tasty lemonade. Oh add a pinch of sea salt too.
Make it bubbly! Use sparkling water in place of flat.
Make it minty! Muddle a few sprigs of mint leaves into the honey & water.
Make it limey! Use half lime juice and half lemon.
Make it a spa day! Add a sliced cucumber.
Make it fruity! Add more types of fruit, like strawberries and blackberries.
Make it spicy! Use the ginger syrup from my Moscow Mule recipe to sweeten it instead of honey & water.
Make it 5-Alive! (Remember that stuff? It was my favorite as a kid) Add all the citrus you can find.
As far as booze goes, just about any type goes with this; Tequila, vodka, bourbon, gin… If you want to really oomph it up, add a splash of elderberry liquor. Now we’re talkin’!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend! If you’re stumped on what to make for a BBQ you’re either hosting or attending, check out my recipe index; I’ve got your summer BBQ faves right up top.
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