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Nothing says summer more than spending the day at the beach—the smell of the ocean mixed with sunscreen, the sand, the heat. Pure heaven.
Or maybe you prefer sitting out on the patio or lying in a hammock under a shady tree with a good book. I used to love curling up in a shady spot with a comic when I was a kid.
Summer is also about good food. Hot dogs and hamburgers sizzling on the barbecue, potato salad, fresh corn and tomatoes. Yum. Perhaps you’re more adventurous and would rather pack up the picnic basket and take it to the lake. For some strange reason food tastes so much better when it’s cooked and eaten outside.
Something I haven’t done in years is to have a bonfire at the beach. We used to do that all the time when I was a teenager. Love those warm summer nights under the stars, listening to the call of the loons over the water and the crackle of the driftwood. We’d roast marshmallows and wieners, inevitably losing many of them in the flames.
However you choose to enjoy summer, at some point you’ll want a nice cold drink. Here’s a recipe for an icy cold adult beverage that my family has been serving for more than thirty years.
1 – 12 oz tin of frozen orange juice
1 – 12 oz tin of frozen lemonade
¾ cup of sugar
5 cups of water
2 cups of vodka
Mix in order given (making sure all the sugar is dissolved) and freeze.
Serve ½ glass filled with slush and top up with 7-Up or Ginger Ale.
I love the long, hot days of summer. Unfortunately, where I live they are all too brief. Maybe that’s what makes them so special and memorable. Whatever you do this summer, I hope you have fun.
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About the Author: N.J. Walters is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.
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