18 Cool Summer Sips + My Favorite No Oven Dinners | Fresh Fridays, July 22

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Hello Fresh Foodies!

Baby it’s HOT outside! We’re having a heatwave, a tropical heatwave. It’s in the 90’s and triple digits all across the country.

So I thought, why not feature my favorite Cool Summer Drinks and Dinners that do not require an oven, because let’s face it — who wants to cook and bake when it’s 90+ degrees out.

We’ve been in Bozeman, MT this week working on the house our son and roommates will live in next year for college. No A/C, God bless all of you who live in hot climates without A/C, I’m a weenie! It’s been a hot one too!

My motto has always been, “I can do anything for __________ days” Fill in the blank with the amount of time; hours, days, weeks — when I’m exhausted, cranky and hot, I tell myself this often — try it, it really works!

I shared several pictures and videos of our painting adventures on Instagram!

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Here’s a few pictures as a snapshot of our last 7 days! We have packed a lot in this last week.

  1. Our last time watching Gabe “fly” at swim team finals. I am a little sad that this is the last year of swim team.
  2. My boys at Swim Finals — Kieran didn’t have one since it was the summer of 2020, bittersweet, but so good to have them both there!
  3. Swim team banquet — so many lasts, but so many firsts to come!
  4. My hubby and I on our way to Bozeman to paint.
  5. Gorgeous garden in our side yard.
  6. The next three pictures are just a variety from each day during the hot, sweaty, painting process.

18 Cool Summer Sips {Non-Alcoholic & Alcoholic}

What better way to cool off than a tall, ice cold glass of your favorite drink. I’ve got cocktails and mocktails and almost all of them can be made into a mocktail (or a cocktail for that matter).

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Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade in glass starbucks cup with fresh hibiscus flour and half of lemon.

Copycat Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade Recipe

Pink lemonade vodka punch cocktail in a glass with a lemon wedge, mint and a slice of strawberry.

Pink Lemonade Vodka Cocktail

Watermelon Slush in sugar rimmed glass with watermelon balls, mint and lime.

Watermelon Slush

Image of a blueberry limeade drink in a pretty textured glass with a garnish of lime, mint and blueberries.

Easy Blueberry Limeade Drink

Image of a bluebuerry gin fizz with pansies and blueberries strewn about.

Blueberry Gin Cocktail

Gorgeous shot of strawberry refresher drink on wooden cutting board with pink straw and a strawberry garnish with limes and strawberries in the background.

How to Make a Homemade Strawberry Refresher

Two pretty tall glasses with strawberry gin and tonic on bed of fake leaves with strawberries and ice cubes.

Fresh Strawberry Gin Cocktail

crystal glass filled with red liquid, hibiscus ginger beer, dark rum and lime. with a wedge of lime. Garnished with a bamboo stick, lime and hibiscus flower

Hibiscus Dark and Stormy Drink Recipe

Cherry Bomb Recipe | Cherry Bourbon Smash

Healthy Hibiscus Margaritas {Cocktail or Mocktail}

Cherry Clementine Protein Smoothie

Spa water for adults! This 21+ Cucumber Cooler is so light, crisp and refreshing, filled with crunchy cucumbers, and the option of refreshing mint or earthy basil. Enjoy it after a hot afternoon playing outside or sipping with your girlfriends. #thefreshcooky #cucumbercooler #cocktail #mocktail #ginandtonic #mint #basil #lime

Cucumber Cooler Cocktail {Basil or Mint}

This refreshing recipe for a Hibiscus Mojito from thefreshcooky.com is perfect for summer patio sipping or a GNO. The minty, fizzy mojito is jazzed up with the tangy, floral, lemony flavors of Hibiscus syrup. #hibiscusmojito #mojito #hibiscussyrup #mocktails #hibiscus #summerdrinks #fallcocktail #summercocktail #gnococktails #craftcocktails #qdrinks #clubsoda

Best Hibiscus Mojito {Cocktail or Mocktail}

How to make a fresh, Blackberry Bourbon Moscow Mule #thefreshcooky #moscowmule #bourbon #cocktail #mocktail #blackberry #gingerbeer #qdrinks

Blackberry Cocktail | A Blackberry Mule

Grapefruit Basil Vodka Smash

Chick-Fil-A Copycat Frosted Lemonade | www.thefreshcooky.com #frostedlemonade #frozenlemonade #lemonade #summerdrinks #copycat

Copycat Chick-Fil-A Frosted Lemonade

Mint Julep | A Southern Cocktail

Texas Tea punch recipe square image, with pitcher filled with bright pink tea and a glass poured with texas tea lemonade.

The Best Texas Tea Punch Recipe

Tangerine and Thyme Gin & Tonic

4 Ingredient Margaritas (Regular or Frozen)

Summer Cocktail and Mocktail Recipes

My Favorite No Oven Dinners

We don’t use our crockpots enough in the summertime, at least I don’t — but truly it’s just as amazing in the summer as it is in the winter!

Easy Summer Potluck & Grill Recipes

The Best Summer Salad Recipes

Easy Summer Dessert Recipes

Blackstone Chicken Fried Rice with chopsticks and hand taking a bite.

Chicken Fried Rice on the Blackstone Griddle

One pot lemon garlic pasta recipe in pot with wooden spoon.

One-Pot Lemon Garlic Pasta Recipe

Creamy Tuscan chicken on a bed of mashed potatoes with the sauce.

One Pan Tuscan Chicken in Parmesan Cream Sauce

Olive Garden Crock Pot Chicken image with pasta on a plate with a green salad.

Olive Garden Crock Pot Chicken

Image of a sloppy joe burger on white parchment paper, with some of the sloppy joe mixture fallen out. All on a wooden charger

The Best Homemade Sloppy Joes

two tenderloins of asian marinated grilled pork tenderloin on a cutting board with sauce, carving knife and fork

Asian Marinated Grilled Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Juicy bison burger with melted juice and caramelized onions on pretzel rolls.

The Best Bison Burger Recipe with Caramelized Onions

Easy Chicken Cobb Salad

Do One Thing You are Uncomfortable With

This is something I have been working on this year — my Mastermind group of blogging friends have decided that we have permission to push one another — and that includes doing things we are uncomfortable with.

So a few weeks ago, I applied to be a guest speaker on a podcast! Scary stuff for this introvert! We taped (do you still call it taped??) the interview this past week, it won’t air until September 5th, but I have to say I am excited about it, I will share it with you once it is live.

Reader Testimonials

These are comments from real life readers who have tried and loved TFC’s recipes!

  1. Bison Burgers with Caramelized Onions | These are by far my favorite burger ever! No bison? No problem, make with ground beef, turkey, chicken or even a plant-based ground “meat”.
  2. I was thrilled when one of my readers send me this comment about Copycat Crumbl Chocolate Chip Cookies — then she followed it up with a picture of them!

Weekly Inspiration

Have you heard Anne Wilson’s song Sunday Sermons? I love her sound and I love this music video!! Be the kind of person the guy in the video is — today!!

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Hi, I’m Kathleen Pope. Here at The Fresh Cooky you will find easy, mostly from-scratch, trusted recipes for all occasions. From speedy dinners to tasty desserts, with easy step-by-step instructions. I am here to help teach you how to make mouthwatering recipes without spending hours in the kitchen. Read more about Kathleen here.

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