I'm so pumped to welcome Megan Hunt of Princess Lasertron and Sarah Lorsung Tvrdik of Fash Flood as new DIY contributing columnists. These two ooze easy-going glamour and it was such a treat to get to meet them when they came to town a little while back to attend the Project Runway viewing party finale for Mondo Guerra. In August they are launching an online shop called Hello Holiday and there's no doubt that it will be bursting at the seams with charm.
Today they're sharing 6 festive Fourth of July inspired cocktail and mocktail recipes! Take it away Megan and Sarah...
Hello, And Then She Saved readers! We're Sarah and Megan from Hello Holiday, and we are just over the moon to be asked to do a regular guest column for Anna's blog.
Thanks to her, we started our own spending diets last Spring and the savings have helped us a ton as we travel around the country meeting designers, finding inventory, and cool-hunting for the best clothes and accessories for our online store launching in August. All the ways we've saved money thanks to Anna's influence would actually make a great post. But! We're here to talk about some amazing summer party cocktails we love that you can make for around $20. To reduce the cost even more, simply remove the alcohol from each recipe. They're cool, refreshing, and you can make enough drinks for a festive little party for just a Jackson.
Summer Cocktail/Mocktail #1: The Sweet & Tart Sparkler!
We made this pitcher of refreshing tangy goodness by mixing raspberry lemonade and prosecco, a fresh-tasting sparkling white wine from Italy. It's easy to find a good bottle at the grocery store for under ten bucks. We also bought an assortment of berries and a lemon, and diced it all up to infuse the drink with even more flavor. Check your fridge to see what you have on hand before you run to the store to get some! This drink can, of course, is just as delicious if you replace the prosecco with sparkling water or soda. We always offer a non-alcoholic version for kids and driving guests!
Summer Cocktail #2: The Vanilla Fizz
Mix cake-flavored (or vanilla works, too!) vodka with your favorite lemon-lime soda (we used Sprite). For this drink, we also added a garnish of a strawberry, rice krispy square, and marshmallow on a skewer!
Summer Cocktail/Mocktail #3: Watermelon Crush!
This is a signature drink from Megan's mom, and one of our all-time summer favorites. Dice a watermelon and freeze it overnight, then blend the pieces with lemonade and vodka (for the mocktail version, simply leave out the vodka). Check in your fridge--you could really mix any kind of juice with this one, or even use water. We can't resist a good garnish--for this drink, we added frozen watermelon chunks and blueberries on a skewer.
Here's another way to get some mileage out of that bottle of prosecco you bought for drink number one! Mix fresh lemons and a splash of lemonade with sparkling prosecco. For a 4th of July party, we soaked our lemons in food coloring overnight.
Summer Cocktail #5: Bomb Pop Blasts
This drink is vodka and sprite mixed, with a Bomb Pop mixer inside each glass. As the pop melts, it gives the drink some cool stripes and tastes delicious!
Summer Cocktail #6: Strawberry-Lemon Punch!
This is one of our favorite summer cocktails for sure because it's inspired by the sherbet punch we used to get at school dances! We froze strawberry and lemon sorbet in fluted cups, and dropped each one into a glass of Sprite. You could just as easily add a scoop of sorbet and skip the freezing part, but we liked the fluted edges on the sorbet once we peeled the paper off. And by all means if you feel like an extra kick, spike the punch!
xo, meg + rah
Do you have a favorite cocktail or mocktail recipe? What inexpensive treats are you making for Fourth of July celebrations?