Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats: Summer Backyard Girl's Night with Mike's Hard Lemonade

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Summer Backyard Girl's Night with Mike's Hard Lemonade



I am working in cooperation with Mike's Hard Lemonade this summer.  
Although being compensated, all opinions are my own.

P.S. It's my birthday today, so why not celebrate with some drinks!

summer backyard girl's night mike's hard lemonade (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

This summer is flying by at lightning speed.  I feel like the kiddos just got out of school last week, yet I've found myself registering my oldest for Kindergarten this week and squeezing in some last minute summer outings. Does any of this make sense?  Not really.
Summer goes fast.  Every year.  There is nothing around it.
But, I will say I've made a point this summer to relax a bit more.  Even though I still have one child under the age of 2, she's pretty darn easy. Everyone is getting older and bit more independent, which makes this mama happy!
When my girlfriends call very last minute asking me to come over for a drink on their patio after the kids are in bed, I go.  When our golf plans got canceled due to rain, we spontaneously crashed a restaurant and bar for the afternoon and laughed tills our sides ached.  I love this!  I finally feel like I'm getting my personality back after years of intense mothering {all good of course, just entering a new phase}.
All of this fits in perfectly with my partnership with Mike's Hard Lemonade. Their new portable fridge pack featuring their Flavors of America {lemonade, peach, black cherry and apple} is perfect for backyard entertaining – so that is exactly what I did!
summer backyard girl's night mike's hard lemonade (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I took full advantage of my friend's beautiful backyard {with her permission} and invited our friend's over.  She's a peach, that friend of mine!  She pretty much lives on an acreage in the middle of town, if that makes any sense.  Obviously with a backyard straight out of Better Homes & Gardens magazine, I rallied the troops and we had a party!
There is nothing like hanging with your girlfriends in the summer.  Being outside, taking in the gorgeous scenery and relaxing with a cold drink. Perfect in my opinion!
summer backyard girl's night mike's hard lemonade (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I instructed each to bring a snack to share {I'm a bit bossy like that}. We had fresh salsa and chips, snack mixes, fruit, cheeses, dips, barbecue meatballs and more.  I even told them I'd be taking photos so they COULD NOT come in their yoga pants and no make-up {we are all moms, I HAD to get bossy on that one}.  In the end we had a fantastic time.  I think we all had our favorites mike’s hard lemonade– two really loving the crisp apple, one loving the peach and me, well, loving them all. Each are refreshing in their own way.
summer backyard girl's night mike's hard lemonade (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

And you know what?  You don't have to drink them just plain Jane.  Last summer I created this awesome cocktail {Watermelon Black Cherry Slushies!} with their black cherry lite version.  It's a perfect refreshing drink for the hot weather.  
summer backyard girl's night mike's hard lemonade (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

And these grilled chicken sandwiches?  So flavorful!  Ever marinated with a spiked lemonade before? Yeah, I hadn't either, but definitely a recipe keeper.
In the end we had an awesome time hanging out.  Nothing is better than a summer backyard party with some of your closest friends.  
A big thanks to Mike's Hard Lemonade for this opportunity!  For more information on Mike's Hard Lemonade please visit Mike's Backyard.  #mikesbackyard #mikesVIP

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