Happy Hour, Happy Summer

Once again, it feels as if summer has flown by. With the passing of July 4th, it seems as if summer is almost to an end. I know this sounds a bit dramatic, but in the blink of an eye it will be back to school and the leaves will be changing before we know it. Those long summer days spent lounging in the sun or engaging in outdoor activities will be a thing of the past. Instead we will be greeted by cool breezes, orange leaves, and the overwhelming smell of pumpkin. Don’t get me wrong, I love fall just as much as the next gal, but August is always bittersweet time realizing that summer is just about finished and pretty soon that cool damp Illinois fall will be upon us.

But before we get too caught up in that, I figured it was time for a last big hurrah of summer with some perfect cocktail recipes to round out the season. Included below are some of my favorite flavor combos. Enjoy by the pool, enjoy with some BBQ, or maybe enjoy while binge watching some Netflix. It is all personal preference after all. Just relax, unwind, have a couple sips and enjoy that happy hour vibe.

Starting off this list with the fresh fun taste of summer

  1. Hibiscus Lemongrass Spritzer
  2. 1.5 oz. Titos
  3. Can of lemongrass hibiscus sparkling beverage from Trader Joes
  4. 2 dried hibiscus flowers

Pour sparkling beverage on top of Titos, stir to combine, drop in those hibiscus flowers, and watch the fizz of flavor release into the drink. This to me really tastes just like summer, fresh light and just a bit of an underlying lemon flavor.

I mean look at that gorgeous drink it is just screaming patio sunset happy hour.

Coming in at number two is my personal favorite and go to summer cocktail

  1. Peach Moscow Mule
  2. 1 can Ginger Beer
  3. 3oz. Titos (double shot)
  4. 1oz.  lime juice
  5. Splash of peach bitters

Combine ingredients and enjoy! Add a few ice cubes to chill it and sip away. Traditionally served in a copper mug but unfortunately was running short of those in the house so I had to serve and drink in a wine glass. Oops sometimes you just have to improvise for that at home happy hour.

Had to mix things up a little and stray away from the vodka, so this next one is a Kentucky bourbon based drink for all you southern guys and gals.

  1. Bourbon Peach Lemonade
  2. 1.5 oz Bourbon
  3. Lemonade to taste (I prefer the zero sugar Minute Maid lemonade because of its tart flavor)
  4. Splash of peach bitters

This was an interesting flavor combo, but it actually was quite good. A nice summer drink and a good choice if you are not a vodka fan.

Finally, number four. Nothing screams summer like some sweet juicy pineapple.

  1. Pineapple Gin + Tonic
  2. 3 oz. pineapple juice
  3. 1.5 oz. gin
  4. Splash of lime juice
  5. Tonic to fill

Add the pineapple juice to a glass with ice. Combine in gin and lime juice, then top with tonic to fill. This one unfortunately is not featured, I got a little to excited and drank it before i forgot to take a picture. But take my word for it, it is definitely one to try.

Over the coming weeks, I will be posting a Thirsty Thursday post to the Refresh Instagram + Facebook to highlight individual recipes to help kick off the remaining weekends of summer. Some will be from this list and some might just be a shocking surprise, so stay tuned and give us a follow @RefreshPilates or like us on Facebook to keep up with all that is going on in studio and in our wellness community.

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