The West Side Chamber’s Third Annual Porch Sipper is just around the corner. As the weather gets warmer, we’ve already begun sampling delicious summer drink recipes for the big event. Local food-writer and Chamber member, Lisa Holderness-Brown, has concocted these summer favorites just in time for your own patio gatherings. Serve them in a mason jar for a little added whimsy.
Porch Sipper Shandy
2 parts lager beer
1 part lemonade
1 part ginger beer or ginger ale
Combine beer, lemonade, and ginger beer in a glass or jar. Garnish with cucumber spear and mint. Makes 1 beer cocktail.
1 750-ml bottle extra-dry Cava (Spanish sparkling wine), chilled
2 cups lemonade, chilled
6 ounces gin (3/4 cup)
Lemon and orange slices
Peach or pineapple slices
Ice cubes or ice block
In a large bowl stir together the Cava, lemonade and gin. Add the strawberries, fruit slices, mint and ice. Serve immediately. Makes 8 (6-ounce) servings.
Don’t forget to reserve your tickets for this wonderful neighborhood gathering: Summer Porch Sipper, 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 19, 415 Foster Drive, Des Moines. Advance tickets: $15 for members, $20 for guests. Ticket Reservations: www.desmoineswestsidechamber.org.