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10 Unexpectedly Refreshing Ways to Dress Up Your Ice Cubes for Summer

I remember on my inaugural trip to Europe as a young teenager being completely confused by Europeans and their penchant for room temperature beverages. Or rather, being confused by their confusion with our love for icy cold beverages. I have a serious love affair with ice. The frostier the drink the better! The fancy ice cube craze running wild these days? I am so completely into it. Not only does it look so incredibly pretty, but you’re also left with a million or more flavor combinations for taking your summer lemonade and your favorite fruity cocktails to the next level. I personally like my ice cubes with fruit and herbs for even just sipping water throughout the day, but latte ice cubes and flower ice cubes and anything else you can freeze into a cube sounds pretty amazing, too! Here are 10 ideas to get you started…

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Sparkling Summer Solstice Sangria

June is one of my favorite months of the year, probably due to associating it with the start of summer vacation as a kid. Even now as an adult, many years past even my college or grad school days, I still love the start of summer! There’s an energy and lightness that comes along with the summer solstice that begs to be celebrated, which is why today I’m joining up with my pals at Dr. Oetker Virtuoso to share this sangria recipe. Appropriately enough, I’ve dubbed it a sparkling summer solstice sangria, and loaded it up with mango and raspberries so it’s super fruity and delicious, but not overly sweet. Paired with your favorite Virtuoso pizza, it makes for the perfect casual summer cocktail hour on the back patio or front porch.

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A Favorite Rosé Cocktail Recipe – Summer’s Perfect Rosé Spritzer

I am so excited that as of this week it’s finally starting to feel like summer around here! That beautiful, easy start to summer where lilacs and cherry trees are finally in bloom and everything is just so green and gorgeous. Basically, days that beg for porch sitting and garden planting and the perfect rosé cocktail. I love a great wine spritzer recipe on just such days! Light, refreshing, a touch fruity and like the perfect pour of summer in a glass.

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Tasty Tropical Summer Cocktails

This post was created in collaboration with V8. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that help make The Sweetest Occasion possible! Ever a fan of fruity summer cocktails, today I present you with a trifecta of tasty tropical beverages! Inspired by long, hot summer days and the insanely delicious flavors of V8 +Energy, these drinks make for the …

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Sparkling Margaritas + My Summer Entertaining Essentials

This post was created in collaboration with Lunazul Tequila. One sip, and you know. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that help make The Sweetest Occasion possible! Since closing on our house a few months ago, we’ve been doing quite a bit of entertaining even by our standards. Of course we love to entertain as it is, but …

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Cool Off with These 10 Frozen Cocktail Recipes

There are few things I know with absolute certainty. The fact that I will surely have melted into a puddle of my former self by the end of this week? That is one of those things. The heat and humidity has been stifling much of the last two weeks, but today Mother Nature decided to take up …

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Classic Gimlet Recipe with Honey and Sage

When I was in college my father introduced me to the delicious beauty of a gin and tonic, and it quickly became my go-to cocktail, especially in the heat of summer. I’d come home from a long day working my summer internship and we’d convene on the back deck with a cocktail each, feet propped up …

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Fruity Summer Cocktails in a Jar

This post was sponsored by Dr. Oetker Ristorante Pizza. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that help make The Sweetest Occasion possible! A few weeks ago when we made this super fun and colorful DIY picnic blanket, I hinted at my current favorite summer cocktail, which is where these super fruity and refreshing cocktails in a …

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Peach Whiskey Smash Cocktail

I don’t share too many whiskey cocktail recipes around these parts, because I think whiskey is a fairly polarizing spirit. That said, we always keep our bar stocked with whiskey because Bob and I both enjoy a good whiskey cocktail from time to time. So today, for all of you whiskey lovers or soon-to-be whiskey fans, …

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Strawberry Balsamic Margarita with Black Pepper Shortcake

With berry season just around the corner (or in full swing depending on where you live) and Cinco de Mayo coming up in just a couple of days, it only seemed appropriate to share this incredible fresh strawberry margarita recipe today! Make no mistake though, this is not your average strawberry margarita. This one is …

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