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5 Best Summer Drinks Served in a Pitcher (w/ Recipes)

There’s something about a pitcher of cool refreshment on a hot summer day; a promise that there’s always more to come, which nurtures the hope that the good times you’re having just might last forever.</br></br>A glass is so finite. Once you empty it there is no more, at least without some hassle and inconvenience. A <a title="Pitchers" href="http://www.atgstores.com/kitchen-appliances/serveware/pitchers/" target="_blank">good pitcher</a>, though, is a second round just waiting to happen.</br></br>But, a second round of what? Here are five of America’s favorites:</br></br><strong>Iced Tea</strong></br></br>Some like it sweet, some like it straight and, if you’re from the South, it’s got so much sugar in it the stirring spoon stands at attention. Add ice, a few lemon slices or a sprig of mint and you’ve got the perfect complement to an hour in the summer sun.</br></br>To make simple sun tea:</br></br>- Add 5-6 teabags to 3 quarts of water in a lidded jar</br>- Stand in direct sunlight for 5-6 hours</br>- Remove bags, pour into pitcher, chill with ice and serve</br></br><strong>Lemonade</strong></br></br>Lemonade fans can be just as fickle as their tea-lovin’ cousins, with some preferring it sweeter and others tarter. Pink or yellow? Some people think they taste different – and sometimes they do.</br></br>To make classic lemonade:</br></br>- Juice 10 lemons to get about a 1 1/2 cups lemon juice</br>- Boil 8 cups of water with 1 3/4 cups sugar</br>- Combine chilled syrup, lemon juice and ice in pitcher, garnish and serve</br></br><strong>Kool-Aid</strong></br></br>Come on – the mascot is a pitcher! Obviously, it’s going on the list. The flavor is your choice and you probably know the “recipe” by heart, so we’ll move on.</br></br><strong>Sangria</strong></br></br>There are probably more variations of sangria than all the lemonade and iced tea recipes combined, and each one is more delicious than the next. Leave it to the Spanish to find such a sublime use for the fermented grape.</br></br>To make traditional sangria, mix:</br></br>- 2 bottles chilled red wine, 1 cup rum, 1 cup orange juice, 2 cups cold club soda and assorted sliced fruit (lemons, limes and oranges work well);</br>- then pour into a pitcher, chill with ice and serve</br></br><strong>Margaritas</strong></br></br>As usual, Mexico gives Spain (and every other drink-making nation) a run for its money by bringing margaritas to the table, so to speak. They’re so good, and they’re so darn easy to make – even when it’s the real deal.</br></br>To make Cadillac margaritas, mix:</br></br>- 4 cups tequila, 2 cups triple sec, 2 cups lime juice, 1 cup agave nectar, 1/2 cup water and 2 limes sliced into rounds;</br>- then pour into pitcher, chill with ice and serve</br></br>Now, all you need is a <a title="Hammocks" href="http://www.atgstores.com/outdoor/patio-furniture/hammocks-accessories/hammocks/" target="_blank">reliable hammock</a>, some shade and a cool breeze. Enjoy!
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