Three for Thursday : My Favorite Summer Drinks

“If life gives you limes, make margaritas.”

Jimmy Buffett

In this “Three for Thursday” post I’ll be presenting what I love to drink all summer long. I always make sure to have plenty of ice on hand, because the colder, the better!

Virgin Cape-Codder

I’ll start with my nighttime go-to drink, the virgin Cape Codder.

I use a water glass, nothing fancy crammed full of ice. I then fill it half way with diet ginger ale. I pour the ginger ale first to get rid of a lot of the fizz.

I then top it off with diet Ocean Spray cranberry juice. It’s simple and delicious!

When I’m feeling particularly festive, I sometimes add a shot or two of vodka. So they are not always virgins!

Sun Tea

My husband introduced me to sun tea in our first year of marriage. I had never heard of this method of making iced tea.

You simply place a few tea bags in a jar of tap water and place it in the hot summer sun for a couple of hours.

When the color is to your liking, pour it in a glass over ice. We mostly use Earl Grey decaf, but I like green tea and oolong varieties as well. Of course, with over 3,000 tea varieties, the flavor potential is vast. I find it amusing that back in the day my mother and her sister used to disagree on which tea was superior: Tetley or Lipton!

Skinny Margaritas

I saved the best for last…the magnificent margarita! Nothing screams “it’s summer” better than this beloved ice cold concoction of tequila and citrus flavor!

I could sing praises for Margaritas all day and night! It’s a drink I will never tire of and the stronger the better. I could probably write a whole anthology on all the adventures I’ve had, drinking my way around the world, while sailing the seven seas. I believe most of them would start with “so I went into this bar and ordered a margarita!”

For health reasons I’ve been reduced to diet margarita mix, but I won’t let that dampen my fun! 😉😜

So there you have it, folks – my “Three for Thursday” summer drinks. All this typing has made me thirsty! What are you drinking this summer?

Thank you for reading! – Barb, the River Blogger (Btrb)

Feel free to reblog or share anything I post. I welcome all comments and discussion.

These days I prefer on the rocks with salt and lime in my Mikasa Christmas tree glass!


  1. Sounds great! I think I will try the ginger ale with cranberry for a light refreshing drink! Also 1/2 lemonade and 1/2
    Cranberry juice

    • Steve makes them by following the directions on the diet mix. We use Hornitos brand tequila. He mixes it up in a pitcher, pours it over ice, then adds some fresh squeezed lime. Sometimes he’ll add a splash of Grand Mariner for an extra pop of flavor. I salt the rim of the glasses. It has taken a while to get used to the low calorie mix. We use the Margaritaville brand. I hope you had a great birthday! 🎈🎈🎈

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