Friday, July 3, 2009

What I Brought to Share: July 3, 2009

Caprese pasta salad, summer beer.

Our generous neighbors had their annual Independence Day celebration and invited us, maybe against their better judgment, but I was happy to go. It was so fun, except when all the boys decided to play dodge ball. I freaking hate dodge ball. Someone always gets upset, and it's usually one of my kids, and tonight was no exception. Can't we all just get along?

I first had summer beer about a month ago sitting on my friend Susan's deck. Today, my friend Holly gave me a slightly tweaked recipe, which I adjusted again to fit the ingredients I had. Really, this is just about the best picnic beverage/adult punch/summer cooler around.

This recipe makes about 120 ounces, which fills a sun-tea type jug. Throw some mixed, frozen berries in the bottom of a large pitcher. Add two quarts of prepared lemonade. Add 8 ounces of vodka (Holly suggested raspberry vodka but I just had plain), one can of Sprite, and 24 ounces (two bottles) of beer (Holly likes Newcastle; I used Boulevard Wheat). Stir. Enjoy, being sure to share because you really should not be drinking so much by yourself.


  1. Nice tweaks! I just might fiddle with today's pitcher over here!

  2. Ooooo - sounds tasty. Too bad I just picked up pina colada fixin's a couple of hours ago.

  3. Last time and only time I had "summer beer" was on a float trip and which resulted in lots of puking.

    No thank you to anything that tastes like lemonade but is actually VODKA MIXED WITH BEER. WTF!

    Come on people, not the way to poison yourself on a hot summer day.