I’m on a serious mission to “eat the Summer”. Local produce is abundant (and almost overwhelming) at the moment. And I want to taste it all. I want to fill my belly with heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, blueberries and everything in between. In hopes that when Old Man Winter arrives, I’ll be able to retain some warm memories of the sweet, juicy flavors that this season has to offer.
But why should we just “eat the Summer” when we could also drink it? Farm-to-glass is just as important as farm-to-table. And that’s exactly what today’s post is all about. Welcome to the 2016 addition of #drinkthesummer! A crazy awesome round-up of bloggers bringing their best seasonally-inspired cocktail and mocktail recipes to the internet. I hope you’re thirsty!
I couldn’t think of a better recipe for #drinkthesummer than something that was actually created with the heat of the Summer sun. So I made a sun tea with fresh peaches, lemon and a little maple syrup. And I made damn sure to use the ripest, juiciest peaches that I could find for maximum peach flavor. I highly suggest you try and do the same.
Sun tea is all about patience. You’ll want to let your tea brew in direct sunlight for 4-6 hours. And then give it some time in your refrigerator to chill before serving. So be sure to start your journey early in the day if you want to enjoy these Peach Sun Tea and Bourbon Cocktails as an evening sipper.
If you prefer, you can certainly serve this as a non-alcohol beverage. But the splash of bourbon and peach brandy is a nice addition, in my humble opinion. I hope you try it out.
You can find links to all the other bloggers recipes on Sherrie’s blog right here. There are over 50 amazing recipes being contributed this year. Hooray! And I want to send out a big thank you to Sherrie for organizing the event and bringing us all together to #drinkthesummer!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored on behalf of Maison Louis Jadot Wines via One2One Network. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting brands that support Floating Kitchen!
Elaborate, formal dinner parties tend to be one of two things: (1) stressful for those hosting or (2) boring for those attending.
I hesitate to write that, at the risk of sounding overly negative. But I think we can all agree that I’m mostly right.
So in recent years, I’ve ditched the notion of fancy get-togethers in favor of more casual, relaxed entertaining scenarios. With the exception of a few times a year ( i.e. = Thanksgiving), I tend to keep my gatherings low key, with a few simple food and drink options. And I let friends come and go as they please, free from the restrictions of a hard and fast time dictating when we all must sit down at the table together to dine. It just seems to work out better for everyone this way.
Bruschetta has always been one of my favorite foods to serve at casual gatherings. It’s versatile, with a seemingly endless number of savory and sweet options. It’s easy to make. And above all else, it’s a total crowd pleaser. I don’t know many people that will turn down a little toasty piece of bread piled high with fresh, seasonal ingredients. I would (and have on many occasions) happily make an entire meal out of bruschetta alone!
These two Summer Bruschetta recipes highlight everything that I’m obsessed with right now. I used a slightly sweetened whipped goat cheese as the base for both recipes. Then I went either savory, with a combination of corn, adobo sauce and basil. Or sweet, with a combination of fresh cherries, balsamic vinegar, mint and a drizzle of chocolate. I served both versions at a little outdoor garden party I had this past week, and they were a big hit with all my friends. In fact, people had a hard time choosing which one was their favorite!
To complete my garden soiree, I paired my Summer Bruschetta with a couple of Maison Louis Jadot Wines. The clean, fresh flavors of their Mâcon-Villages Chardonnay went perfectly with the savory corn bruschetta that I created. While their plump, juicy Beaujolais-Villages nicely played up the flavors in my sweet cherry bruschetta.
Maison Louis Jadot Wine is the #1 brand of French wine in the United States. Their wines are versatile, pairing well with so many of my favorite foods. And they are available at a great price point. It’s a wine that I’m happy to have in my home and serve to my family and friends!