Colorado Springs Cocktail and Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate

For the Fourth of July we decided to host a BBQ at our house and instead of everyone bringing bottled beer or lots of bottles of wine we decided to have 2 "signature" cocktails that people could have it created less waste and is much more economical. One of the drinks was a Strawberry Lemonade Bar I made strawberry lemonade concentrate and then people could mix it 50:50 with either water or sparkling water and if they wanted it spiked they could add vodka (vanilla vodka would be delicious too)!

We also made a drink my mom has made for years and is always a hit called Colorado Springs. It is a mixture of vodka, apricot brandy and fruit juices frozen so it turns into a slushy like drink that you scoop into a cup and pour 7-up over.

Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate

6 cups of frozen (thawed) or fresh strawberries
4 cups of lemon juice
sugar or splenda to taste
Place the 6 cups of strawberries and the lemon juice into a blender and blend until smooth. If you are using sugar you will need to heat the mixture up to about 190degrees to get the sugar into solution, if you use splenda or truvia you don't necessarily have to since it will be a much smaller quantity.
Chill, mix 50:50 with water, sparkling water, 7-up. Add a splash of vodka or vanilla vodka if spiked version is preferred.

Colorado Springs Cocktail

1cup vodka
1cup apricot brandy
1 can frozen orange juice concentrate
1 can frozen pink lemonade concentrate
1 large can of pineapple juice
1 large can of apricot nectar

Mix ingredients together and freeze in an airtight container for 24-36 hours (it will be easy to scoop due to the alcohol)
Place 2-3 scoops in a glass and pour 7-up over the top.

After the BBQ we enjoyed some firetime roasting marshmellows and watching fireworks it was a great way to celebrate with friends and family.

Hope everyone had a happy Fourth!


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