Monday, September 8, 2008

Summer Brew & Little Stars

I thought I'd share two recipes today, one for you and one for the kiddos!

We first had Summer Brew when we were in Ohio this summer. I was skeptical when I heard the ingredients, but I ended up drinking it all weekend! It is refreshing and delicious. Beware, though -- the alcohol packs a punch and can sneak up on you! Serve this in a pretty pitcher when you have a crowd.

The Little Stars recipe is one of Evie's favorites. It works as a quick and easy main dish for her, and a good side for us. It's very simple, but very tasty!

Summer Brew
12 oz. frozen lemonade concentrate
12 oz. vodka
4 beers

Mix frozen lemonade and vodka in pitcher until combined. Add beer and stir. Serve over ice. (A tip -- to measure the 12 ounces of vodka, just pour vodka into the empty lemonade can.)

Guys seem to prefer a light lager like Bud Light, but I think a wheat beer like Shock Top Belgian White or Michelob Dunkel Wiess makes the Summer Brew sweeter. (What can I say? Even though I don't work there anymore, I'm still a loyal A-B girl!)

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Little Stars
1 c. stelline pasta (or other small shapes like alphabet or riso)
4 T freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 T butter, softened

Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until tender, but still al dente, about five minutes. Stir often to prevent the pasta from sticking together. Drain.

In a large bowl, toss the hot pasta with 2 T of the cheese and stir until the cheese coats the pasta completely. Add the butter, and stir until melted. Toss with the remaining cheese. Season to taste with salt and serve immediately.

Enjoy!

11 comments:

jennifer said...

i don't think i'll be able to try the drink for awhile (babies and vodka don't mix so well!) but i'm going to definitely make that pasta for avery.

she loves pasta. mommy used to love it too... before the dreaded gestational diabetes madness!

Momma said...

great recipes! i am going to try both of them very soon!

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Yummy. Sounds great.

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

I am glad you linked up with Tempt My Tummy Tuesday. I thought about asking you to, last night, when I visited your blog. But, I didn't want to come across as "come see my blog", like some commenters do. So, I hope you will come back, next week, as well :O)

Lynette said...

Thanks! Quick and easy! I like that!

Deanna said...

Quick pasta! Yum.

movefearlessly said...

yum to both! love your blog!

Heather said...

The pasta would so work. Everyone around here is carb-aholics.

Now, on the beverage...does it taste like beer? AND how does one get around the "beer before liquor rule?"

Prasti said...

yummy for both. beer & vodka is an interesting combo.

p.s. if you decide to do the tutu for your daughter post some photos of the finished product. i'd love to see it!

MaryBeth said...

I can't wait to try this simple stars recipe on my girlies....

Shari Baby said...

spread the cheer...summer brew is here! and i'm glad you are sharing it with the world. it's a tasty summer 'treat'.