A note: I am known for my concoctions. I have a wonderful friend, Andrew, who throws fantastic house parties. I normally take charge of the drinks and come up with interesting, tasty, and crowd pleasing drinks. I always come up with something different, but whatever I make generally involves vodka. I think I’m going to start sharing these drink recipes with you all. It will help me experiment more with gin and whiskey. (I’m not a rum girl and I probably never will be…).
Ok, last week it seemed like summer beer season was here. Then this week it has gotten cold again. Classic Nashville, TN weather we’re having. It was in the 80’s. Today it is 40. That’s not going to stop me from thinking about my favorite summer time drink.
I was introduced to this concoction last summer. Had I known what was in it, I probably wouldn’t have tried it. Let’s be honest here, a lot of people can’t drink liquor and beer at the same time. There’s a certain order that must be followed: “Beer before liquor, never sicker; liquor before beer, never fear.” And while this holds true for most I know, I have a few friends who can drink whatever they please, when they please, with no ill consequences. I have other friends who have to choose one or the other for the night. We’re all different and I feel like an alcoholic just saying this all, but trust me, I’m not! I enjoy a nice beverage or two and lately, I stop with that. Alcohol is full of empty calories-you literally might as well be drinking Coca Cola. Margaritas are even worse than coke. I’m off track.
This is my favorite vodka most of the time (although Pinnacle Vodka is starting to grow on me, and I like Rain Organic when i find it…)
Three Olives has a LOT of flavors. When making summer Beer you want to choose a plain vodka, or if you *must* have flavored vodka, choose lemon or lime…or pink lemonade. But nothing else, you don’t want to ruin the summer beer. If you’re having a party, which is when I usually make this, you want 5 and a half cups of vodka, so buy the big bottle.
The next part of Summer Beer involves a neutral beer. I don’t care if you don’t usually drink neutral beers that were made in the USA. I don’t care if Belgain whites or Oatmeal Porter is the only kind of beer you like. Summer Beer needs a nuetral beer. You don’t want to ruin it after all. You can choose any beer you like, but I tend to go with a light beer because well, the beer isn’t the star in this drink. Nothing is actually, it’s the combination of ingredients that makes this. My brother tends to use Budweiser, Yuengling, PBR or MGD. Me? I choose PBR Light (it’s cheap) or:
It’s neutral tasting and affordable. And it’s light. If you use the above amount of vodka, you need 17-18 twelve ounce beers. I hope you’re paying attention; this is the measurements I use for parties.
The last component of summer beer is frozen limeade concentrate. You need two frozen containers. I’ve read of blasphemy and the use of pink lemonade instead. That’s not what I like to do, I think limeade works better.
Lastly, add lots of ice and invite friends over. I hope you have a three gallon container witha spout. You’re going to need it…!