With summer in full swing, it’s prime entertaining season. Summer seems to bring out my inner hostess, and I find myself constantly making excuses to have friends over for parties. (It’s true, for me, finding a cute new set of straws is reason enough.) A key ingredient in any summer soiree is a delicious, refreshing cocktail, and last summer I found a recipe that does just the trick.

Summer brew is the perfect summer cocktail. It’s not too sweet, not too stout, making it enjoyable for male and female guests alike. It’s unpretentious. Sure, it can be dressed up in a cool cocktail glass with a groovy garnish, but it tastes just as good out of a red solo cup. It’s easy to make and you can whip it up pitchers at a time, which means less time mixing and more time mingling with your guests!

See, I told you: the perfect summer cocktail. There’s only one potential flaw:

Summe rbrew is so refreshing and easy to drink, it’s easy to down a pitcher without a second thought. There’s more alcohol in there than you think, and lightweights like me will realize quickly that this potent potion packs quite the punch!

So drink up, but don’t forget to have cabs on call for your guests!

Summer Brew

Makes 6 servings

1 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen limeade concentrate, thawed

3 (12 fluid ounce) bottles Mexican beer (such as Corona)

1/2 cup vodka

Lime wedges, for garnish

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I had so many pics from my party I decided it merited two posts! (Go To Part 1) Here are photos and recipes from the food and beverage part of the party. More after the jump!

Pat O's

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Hotty Toddy

Last Friday I had the opportunity to watch my Alma mater, Ole Miss, put a whopping on the 11-1 Texas Tech Red Raiders. The Rebs pulled out a victory 47-34 in Dallas surprising everyone!

The game was a blast, but the real fun began before the game with a few great hours of tailgating. Below are a few pictures of my family’s tailgate. We did our best to bring the Grove to Dallas with a nice little spread of food and cocktails. Our tailgate even made a cameo in a Dallas Morning News video (skip to 1:22) and on the Commissioner of Tailgating blog. Sorry for the messy photos; the food was picked over before we could take any pics!

A Spirited Spread

The table cloth was inspired by the Big Game party theme on Hostess with the Mostess.

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For my Whimsical Christmas party, I plan to serve Christmas Cocktails from my 1001 Cocktails book that I received last year for Christmas. The recipe is simple:

1 bottle of champagne

1 cup of cranberry juice

1 sugar cube for each glass

1 cherry garnish for each glass

I plan to have the champagne glasses setting on a tray and garnished with a red and gold ribbon with Yaupon Holly tied to the stem (from the front yard).

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