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Spice Up Summer! // livelovesimple.com

Spice Up Summer! // livelovesimple.com

Spice Up Summer! // livelovesimple.com

Now that summer is here, I look for every excuse to get together with friends and spend time out outside. You guys knows how much I love the seasons — but here in the Northeast, we’re cooped up inside for half the year. So when the warm weather hits — nothing keeps me inside. Parties + sunshine are where it’s at!

I’ve been looking to throw a little get together for my sister to congratulate her on her new job. My sister is so special to me. She is an amazing woman — a mother, a hard worker, and one of my very best friends. It seems like just yesterday when she was a little girl following me around and wanting to do everything that I did. It’s still hard to believe that she is a grown woman with a successful career. Time flies for certain. I am so proud of her. Sometimes it’s nice to celebrate somebody “just because.” When she told me about her new job, I was so excited to use it as a reason to celebrate the woman that she has become.

I’m all about detailed party-planning, but I also love simple and laid-back, too. Last week I pulled together some really simple feature items for a relaxing, fun afternoon celebration. I picked up everything I needed in one quick trip to Walmart–a run down the juice aisle for Clamato juice and a stop by the deli–and I was all set. I had everything else that I needed on-hand.

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The signature drinks for the afternoon were Michelada’s featuring Clamato juice. Clamato is the classic ingredient for Micheladas, which are authentic and delicious tomato clam juice and beer drinks. I paired the drinks with popcorn shrimp from the Walmart deli and a delicious, refreshing, creamy dill dip. This drink/appetizer pairing was so fun, fresh, and simple! I’m excited to share the recipes today so that you can use them to spice up your next get-together.

Spice Up Summer! // livelovesimple.com

Spice Up Summer! // livelovesimple.com

There are so many ways to make a Michelada! You’ll find dozens of good recipes online. I recommend looking for inspiration and creating your own twist to your liking. If you start practicing now, you’ll have your own recipe nailed down perfectly in time for National Michelada Day on July 12th! You can also head to the My Michelada Match website to check out other great Michelada recipes and pairings. For the perfect summertime drink, here’s what I use.

Michelada Recipe

  • my favorite summer ale
  • Clamato juice Original Flavor
  • ½ cup of ice
  • 3-4 splashes of hot sauce (more or less to taste)
  • 2 splashes of soy sauce
  • juice of one lime
  • salt & sprinkles for the rim

Stir it all up and enjoy!

Spice Up Summer! // livelovesimple.com

Spice Up Summer! // livelovesimple.com

Creamy Dill Dip Recipe

  • 18 ounces of sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon of dijon mustard
  • finely chopped fresh dill to taste
  • 5 splashes of hot sauce
  • 1 pinch salt & pepper

Thoroughly mix all ingredients. I use a fork to make sure that the mustard and hot sauce get evenly spread throughout the dip. Then chill it in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving.

Spice Up Summer! // livelovesimple.com

Spice Up Summer! // livelovesimple.com

Spice Up Summer! // livelovesimple.com

As you can tell, these recipes truly are simple & easy — and at the same time, so fun & delicious. They’re sure to add some spice to your summer fun. I hope that you enjoyed this post. If you have any favorite summertime drink favorites, I’d love to hear about them in the comments.

Also, congratulations again to my beautiful sister! I love you. ¡Salud! xo

Spice Up Summer! // livelovesimple.com

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