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9 summer drinks to kick off your lollygagging season

by Loll Designs |

Nothing pairs better with summer lollygagging than a refreshing beverage. In fact, that’s why many Loll chairs come with built-in bottle openers and wine holders. Lago Patio chair with wine holder Lounge chair with bottle opener   In honor of lollygagging season (which is really year round but just amplified in the sweet months of summer), we’d like to share with you some of our favorite summer drinks – both alcoholic and nonalcoholic. Cheers!

9 refreshing summer lollygagging drinks

1. Pineapple Coconut Water

[caption id="attachment_13050" align="alignnone" width="540"]pineapple coconut water Photo by 101 Cookbooks.[/caption] We love this pineapple coconut water recipe from the natural foods recipe journal 101 Cookbooks. The secret is real pineapple juice. You can get the juice using a juice extractor, blender or Vitamix, or a food processor. We also just love the bright yellow color of this fragrant, nonalcoholic drink.

2. Strawberry Basil Lemonade

[caption id="attachment_13043" align="alignnone" width="540"]strawberry basil lemonade Photo by Five and Spice[/caption] Five and Spice is one of our absolute favorite cooking blogs. Blogger Emily Vikre is co-founder of Vikre Distillery, an award-winning micro-distillery in Duluth, MN. She also has a master’s in nutrition and a PhD in food policy. Basically, she makes killer drinks, including this strawberry basil lemonade.

3. Pineapple Coconut Spritzer

[caption id="attachment_13049" align="alignnone" width="540"]pineapple coconut spritzer Photo by Sweet and Savory by Shinee[/caption] Tropical and delicious, this pineapple coconut spritzer from food blogger Sweet and Savory by Shinee is naturally sweetened with pineapple and orange juice. We love the addition of club soda, making it a bubbly thirst-quencher.

4. Raspberry Arnold Palmer

[caption id="attachment_13051" align="alignnone" width="525"]raspberry arnold palmer Photo by Crazy for Crust[/caption] Arnold Palmer’s (simply iced tea and lemonade mixed together) are delicious by themselves. But food blogger Crazy for Crust had the genius idea to jazz it up with muddled raspberries. Once you try this raspberry arnold palmer recipe, you’ll never go back to the original.

5. Blackberry Mint Julip

[caption id="attachment_13045" align="alignnone" width="540"]blackberry mint julip Photo by Miss in the Kitchen[/caption] A simple syrup, fresh blackberries, a few sprigs of mint, a shot of bourbon. Also known, as heaven in a glass. Blogger Miss in the Kitchen claims her blackberry mint julip recipe will “blow your cocktail-loving mind.” Let’s just say, minds have been blown here at Loll.

6. Cardamom Moscow Mule

[caption id="attachment_13048" align="alignnone" width="540"]cardamom moscow mule summer drink Photo by HonestlyYUM[/caption] This cocktail takes vodka back to its roots. HonestlyYUM’s cardamom Moscow mule recipe uses extra strong ginger ale in place of ginger beer and adds cardamom – a fantastic upgrade from the original, in our book. Oh, and you have to serve it in a copper mug.

7. Cranberry Sangria Punch

[caption id="attachment_13047" align="alignnone" width="540"]cranberry sangria punch Photo by Iowa Girl Eats[/caption] Put all your fresh summer fruit to use with this cranberry sangria punch from Iowa Girl Eats. It’s simple to make too – just mix champagne wine-soaked winter fruits and finish with a splash of orange juice.

8. Bourbon Peach Sweet Tea

[caption id="attachment_13046" align="alignnone" width="540"]bourbon peach sweet tea Photo by Host the Toast[/caption] Smooth bourbon, sweet peaches and tea, fresh lemon and thyme, and a bit of fruity Aperol. Inspired by southern flavors, this bourbon peach sweet tea from Kitchen Kapers blog Host the Most is one of our favorite cocktails to beat the summer heat.

9. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale

[caption id="attachment_13052" align="alignnone" width="540"]Pin glass of bells two hearted ale Photo from Pintlog.com.[/caption] And, if all else fails, a good ol’ Bell’s Two Hearted Ale will do the trick. Serve it in a pint glass. It always tastes better. What did we miss? What’s your favorite summer drink? Share with us in the comments below.