It’s always the beginning of June when I’m pleasantly reminded why I continue to suffer through the long, freezing, snowy winters and mild seasonal depression. It’s in June that I remember it was all worth it.
Summer has arrived.
I always joke that if Chicago summers lasted year round, the city would be overpopulated because, yes, summers here are simply that magical. One thing I love about Chicagoans is that they really take advantage of summer too. We make sure to eat and drink on patios, go to the pool, ride bikes to the beach, enjoy concerts in the park and entertain outdoors.
I love entertaining too, but find that in winter I don’t do it very often. It always feels like so much more work, probably because I have to trudge through the snow to go to the grocery store, but summer makes it easy and any night can easily be turned into a fun get together with friends.
These past few weekends we’ve been lucky enough to get some beautiful weather and it’s prompted some last minute get togethers. A few weeks back a brunch turned into a full day of activities and we ended up hosting friends for the rest of the afternoon. I made these yummy cocktails.
I’ve never been much of a mixologist, but I do like a good fruity and crisp cocktail when it’s warm. I’ve always loved IZZE® sparkling fruit juices, but did you know they make for really good cocktail mixers? I muddled some fresh berries and mint and then poured in IZZE® Sparkling Blackberry and sparkling wine. They were even better than I expected. The fresh berries complemented the juice perfectly and the mint added a bit of freshness.
I’m so thankful that summer is finally here and look forward to doing more entertaining in the next few months. Next on my list is a grilled pizza party!
*This post was sponsored by IZZE® through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select, as always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep The Fox & She up and running!