Thursday, February 25, 2010

Summer in February

For years now, I have been lucky enough to spend the greater part of the summer in Muskoka. It was about four summers ago now and it was a really hot July. I got invited to this event on Lake Roso called Christmas in July. At first I thought that it was a rather absurd concept. I like to embrace the summer and not think of the snow to come, but as a Canadian I realized how much we are in love with our seasons. I suppose so much so that some of us miss the snow even in the hot summer. This event embraced winter cocktails, great beer and a hot fire. It is an event that I find to this day hard to forget and now every year on July 25th my friends, family and I celebrate Christmas in July. It is of course another good excuse to have some creative cocktails with great company.

So I thought to myself on this rather snowy day, if we can have Christmas in July, why not celebrate summer in February. February is the month of the winter blues so let’s bring the hot days and warm nights of July to this month by drinking summer cocktails. So I propose that tonight being the 25th of February gather your friends and indulge in your favorite summer cocktails. Get creative! For this purpose I have suggested some creative summer cocktails you can make in your own home. In the hot summer simplicity is key, but that does not mean the cocktails are not tasty! So start a fire get in your shorts and feel the warmth of a hot summer night. Just think the summer is just around the corner…so feel the heat.

Tonight forget the snow…dress inappropriately for winter… and simply indulge!


1 oz. Banff Ice Vodka
4 oz. limeade
2 oz. Lemon Lime Soda

To a rocks glass filled with ice, add Banff Ice Vodka, limeade and soda.
Garnish with a mint sprig.


1 oz. Smirnoff Lime Twist Vodka.
½ oz. Captain Morgan’s parrot bay coconut rum.
4 oz. Pineapple Juice.

Garnish with Lime wheels.


  1. Singapore Slings use to be my favourite summer drink...I haven't had one in years, maybe its time to indulge!

  2. The Lime Sunset sounds delicious! Anything with coconut rum and pineapple is a winner in my books! Sometimes I just love buying those frozen margarita and pina colada mixes and going to town with the Bacardi, Cuervo and blender (case in point- last Thursday night!) Love this idea for your blog!

  3. What a fabulous idea. My mom just got home from Mexico, speaking of summer in February, and she brought home for me, a bottle of Tequila. I have no idea what to do with it, or what drinks are good. Any suggestions?

  4. I love the idea of Summer in February! I also always celebrate Christmas in July. But my drink i'll throw into the Summer in February mix and to add to Suzannes comment
    try a tequila sunrise they are great way to enjoy tequila.
    im not sure of the portions but it include juice...and grenadine syrup

  5. I agree with Nicola, my favourite drinks have to have this great mixture of pineapple with coconut. By the way, is there any place in Niagara Region that you recommend that I should go to have a tasty pina colada?

  6. The lime sunset would have to be my new favourite. Coconut Rum is the best. I don't drink too often but when I do it's mostly Malibu or Parrot Bay. Yum! I like the idea of summer in February. I think next year I'll go all out and host a luau in my living room. Let the good times roll!

  7. I think the Margarita is the all time summer cocktail. Got cabin fever...get margarita! Some things appeal for no logical reason. I like the blue colour of curaco, perhaps it is because it makes my drink look like the ocean. For summer in the winter for me, a blue margarita with lots of salt. This worth investing in larger than standard margarita glasses, it saves all those pesky returns trips to the bar to refill.

    Making the Blue Margarita

    Blue curacao (1 ounce)
    Tequila (1.5 ounces)
    Lime juice (1 ounce)
    Optional - dash of sours mix

  8. A refreshing cocktail definitely makes winter seem less wintery... The Lime Sunset sounds delicious, but I agree with Sharon, I am a classic margarita girl. Never tried the Blue Margarita but might have to on this rainy day to brighten things up.

  9. I love the lime flavor. I will be trying one of these this summer while I lay by the pool