9 Delightful Drinks to Make Summer Last a Little Longer

I can't believe that I've been hearing back-school-sale commercials for some time already, and next week our neighborhood pool starts weekend-only hours. It seems like just yesterday I watched Luke graduate from Kindergarten. Oh… where has the time gone? We've had a fun-filled summer of traveling, splashing in the pool, and making new friends. And now Luke is on to 1st grade in a few short weeks and Ava begins her last year of pre-K. But I'm not ready for summer to end. Not just yet!

Luckily, we have a wedding to attend in New England, and its Thomas's 40th birthday. So by the time you're reading this, we'll be vacationing, celebrating quite a bit, and finding ways to make summer last just a little longer.

If you share my sentiments, then here are a few cocktails (or mocktails if you don't drink alcohol) for poolside sipping and wistful dreaming of endless summers where time stands still…

While each of these drinks sound special to me, Stephanie's French 75 sounded especially intriguing. Because gin is Thomas' favorite spirit, AND celebrations usually include bubbly, then this is most definitely called for on his special day! 

Here are a few more cocktails for you to enjoy:

Summer Promise Bubbles by Stephanie Meyer

Basil Blossom Sangria by Stephanie Meyer

French 75  by Stephanie Meyer

Cantaloupe Mojito by The Spicy RD

Orange Mead Cocktail by trcrumbley

Skinny Margarita  by Heather Jacobsen

Or non-alcoholic "mocktails"  if you prefer:

Cantaloupe Mint Sparkler by The Spicy RD

Paleo Non-Alcoholic Raspberry Mojitos by TinaTurbin

Mint Tisane by Heather Jacobsen

Do you have questions about what alcohols are gluten-free? Please read T.R.'s post, There's Gluten In My Alcohol?, and comment if you have anything to add to the discussion. 

And don't forget to drink extra water in the summer, so those drinks don't go to your head too fast! Also, indulge in some salty appetizers – iodine, you know, is actually an essential element, and we need more of it in the summer! (This assumes you do not follow the SAD (Standard American Diet) of high carb, processed foods which are too high in sugar and sodium).

See you again after school starts!