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No. 351: Summer Drinks

Even though I only have two weeks left before I have to leave my beloved France, I am still trying to squeeze out every last bit of everything from everything I do. To paraphrase DuBose Heyward and George Gershwin,  “It is summertime and the drinking is easy,” or something like that. Besides being refreshing, these dandies are keeping the panic attacks at bay as we host our last visitors and I try to get through my ever-growing to-do list. Santé!

kir royale with some of my very favorite people...Kir royale. Pour 3 teaspoons (15ml) creme de cassis into each champagne flute. Top with champagne and serve immediately. Creme de cassis is a blood-red sweet liqueur made from blackcurrants.

…kir royale with some of my very favorite people…


Pour 3 teaspoons (15ml) creme de cassis into each champagne flute; top with champagne and serve immediately; creme de cassis is a blood-red sweet liqueur made from blackcurrants…

rosé is always a good idea…

beer plus lemonade…quite refreshing...

…panaché…beer plus lemonade…the perfect thirst quencher…

champagne or crémant, you can’t go wrong…

prosecco…bien sûr!


…et citron and pamplemousse pressés are the best cure for a hot summer’s day!

Qu’aimez-vous de boire quand il fait chaud?



Qu’aimez-vous de boire quand il fait chaud? What do you like to drink when it is hot?

19 Comments Post a comment
  1. I love Kir!! Looks like fun. I hope your final 14 days go slowly so you can get as much of your favorites in as possible.

    August 17, 2014
  2. Nothing beats a Kir Royale anytime of the year! 🙂

    August 17, 2014
  3. How are you feeling about leaving your adopted country?
    I hope you will continue blogging

    August 17, 2014
    • I am feeling pretty overwhelmed at the moment. Our last guests just left and my Kitcat is leaving in the morning so i think I will be moving on from the denial stage tomorrow and into the bitter sweet morning phase. I do plan to keep blogging, once I come up with a new plan. I’ve lots of ideas rolling around in my old noggin — but already missing my life in France. 🙂

      August 17, 2014
  4. I feel cooler just looking at all those refreshing drinks.Santé

    August 17, 2014
  5. Rosé, all the way!

    August 17, 2014
  6. andreaoffner #

    Kir with rosé and grapefruit liquor – wonderful find….Hope to see you before you leave!

    August 17, 2014
  7. try the peach wine (made out of the leaves, not the fruit!) and grapefruit wine, if you know someone who makes it is normally the best, or some little épicerie have it. Some supermarket would stock it in the summer but I mostly find those too sweet (sometimes even borderline wine & cordial type of thing, yuk)

    August 18, 2014
  8. J’aime surtout le vin blanc (sauvignon blanc, pinot gris) ou rose. You have some wonderful ideas here I must try them out! Hope all is going according to plan with your move never an easy time! Santé Rosemary 🙂

    August 18, 2014
  9. Cami Welsh #

    I’m feeling a little sad as well, knowing my Paris connection is ending soon. I can only imagine what it must be like for you. Savor every minute. Santé!

    August 19, 2014
    • Thanks Cami for being such a loyal reader. I don’t think the reality of leaving has hit me yet. I”m still going about my normal life here — students, friends, editing projects, but closing down the apartment. I don’t think I’ll be sleeping much the next 13 days. I am starting to realize how much I am going to miss writing my blog too. On top of “losing” both of the girls to university next year, I will be losing my third child (the blog). Time to reinvent myself (again) and find something to fill all those voids. xo

      August 19, 2014
      • Cami Welsh #

        Ah, but there is something exciting about new beginnings as well. Maybe your Paris experience will give you new eyes when you return.

        August 20, 2014
      • It will definitely be an interesting year. So many changes in store! xo

        August 20, 2014

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