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Crowd Pleasers for Summer Parties

Beer and wine are easy choices for groups, but what if you want to serve something more original? Enter the pitcher drink.

I am no bartender and even making just one type of drink for a crowd can feel a little frantic. Plus, quality degradation is certain after I’ve sampled a few myself.  So this summer I’m going to experiment with pitcher drinks and enlist my willing friends as test-subjects. Here is one winner:

Cajun Lemonade 

12 oz light rum or vodka
4 oz Pimm’s No. 1 (a gin-based liquor flavored with herbs and spices)
8 oz fresh lemon juice
4 oz simple syrup
½ tablespoon Tabasco
8 oz chilled 7-up
Thin lemon wheels for garnich (optional)

Mix all above except 7-up, cover and chill for at least 1 hour. Stir or shake to mix, then add the 7-up and ice; serve on ice. Makes 8 drinks. Created by Duggan McDonnell and printed in Food & Wine’s Cocktails 2009.

*to make simple syrup, heat 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water to boiling until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and cool, then store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. Or, buy a bottle at Trader Joe’s for about $3.

This drink is so easy and has an unexpected kick from the Tabasco sauce. You’ll find Pimm’s #1 at most liquor stores, and then you can try out a Pimm’s Cup, a quintessential summer drink.

Bring on the BBQs and afternoons by the pool!

Cheers, ICE


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One Response to “Crowd Pleasers for Summer Parties”

  1. Ginger Says:

    This was my favorite on Memorial Day, right? This baby gets “two clinks” from me! Delish…