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It’s no secret that here at That’s Normal we appreciate the fine art of drinking. It’s sort of a thing that we do. We talk A LOT about wine and for good reason, it’s the bees knees of alcohol. But what if you’re lounging on the beach and you’re not really feeling a
bottle glass of wine?
Source How ALL wine should be served.
No, no it’s not blasphemy I SWEAR! It’s summertime! BIG. DIFFERENCE.
To me, summertime is the time to get fancy with your dranks. Summertime is also the season when my friends and I have developed the most successful of our magical concoctions. So without further ado, I present unto you, a summertime drink list, with location pairings. Naturally.
Hanging around the bonfire, are ya? I know you’re going to tell me beer is the go to HOWEVER I would beg to differ. You know what it ALWAYS welcomed at bonfires? Roasted marshmallows. If you’re going to risk burning your eyebrows off at least do so knowing the prize at the end of that super short stick is a Flaming Ball.
Flaming Balls were a mistake discovered by yours truly after…soberly dropping my marshmallow into my cup of Fireball whiskey. So imagine this: I go to impale my innocent marshmallow on my sharpened stick of doom when tragically it falls into my cup of Fireball. After pouting/laughing for a few minutes I decided that life must find a way. So I marinated that slippery sugar ball of deliciousness in the Fireball and then went through with my roasting plans. And thus, Flaming Balls were born. Nicely crispy on the outside (thank you burning alcohol) and wonderfully cinnamony on the inside. In a word heavenly. Also, in another word: dangerous. Proceed with caution whilst using fire and Fireball. #ICan’tFeelMyFace
My friend Cathy makes this amazing Lavender Lemonade. It makes me giddy when it’s near by. It’s also pure evil because it doesn’t taste AT ALL like there is any alcohol in it. I have recreated it using this recipe but added in Limoncello Liqueur. SO. GOOD.
Grapefruit Mule, it’s not really a mule, but it’s kind of a mule and well, I didn’t have a better name for it, so there you go. This is to me, so good I have to be careful. Inside this yummy drink goes grapefruit vodka followed by grapefruit soda. It’s bright, refreshing, and light. Everything you want while laying out on the beach.
You take a little of this:
And mix it with some of this:
And you get this:
The Jamie Fraser. Let’s be honest ladies, anytime is the right time for Mr. JAMMF, AMIRIGHT? This drink is an amalgamation of two drinks and two friends. My BFF Kelly and I came up with this guy. You take a ginger beer, the spicier the better (that’s what she said), and add in a dark rum. BUT WAIT, Laura that’s a Dark and Stormy!
You are correct! It would be, if we stopped there. But if Jamie’s parents stopped at one middle name his initials wouldn’t look like he’s one jamming motherfucker.
Random question: have you ever had a Honey Badger? Not as in a wild animal that will kill you just by looking at it funny. I mean a Honey Badger THE DRINK. If you have, extra points have been awarded. If you haven’t pull up a seat and learn ya something. A Honey Badger is: ginger beer, barenjager, and a splash of lemon juice. What’s barenjager? Honey liqueur. Or manna from heaven, either or.
Basically, we’re taking a Honey Badger and a Dark and Stormy and forcing them to get married. The result? Happily wedded bliss. Here is this handy little info-gif I made to show you what to do to make your own Jamie Fraser.
I like A LOT of ginger, so I took some ginger root that I had on hand and added it to my Jamie Fraser. I mean, what’s a Jamie Fraser without a whole lot of Ginger? Also, if you want to be real fancy add a splash of St. Germain. It makes it all so much brighter. Like Jamie when he went back to Scotland.
Yeah, OK, cute Laura, but what does it taste like? Honestly? It tastes like spicy sunshine. Like the best day you ever spent in the sun and it left your lips burning for more. Or, like Jamie Fraser. Hence, the name.
Whilst torturing myself on Whole30 (thanks Bekah!) I finally learned the art of water infusions. This is really your chance to mix it up and play around with different flavors. Currently in my fridge I have a infusion of watermelon, lemon, and ginger. It’s amazing. I recommend buying organic frozen fruit for theses guys. It saves you time, money, and the stress of eating your water infusion ingredients before thinking about it. I listed some of my infusions below, but seriously, have fun with this one!
Enjoy the summertime my friends, we’ve earned it!
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