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Four Summertime Recipes

July 01, 2021

Four Summertime Recipes

Summer is officially upon us and you know what that means... warmer weather, family gatherings, cook-outs, road trips, beach days, and plenty of good food!

If you're looking for some new recipes to try out that are perfect for summer time, we've got you covered. Kim Dautrich shares four of her favorite recipes below, including a Spicy Blood Mary, Classic Old Fashion, Dry Rib Rub Seasoning, and Tomato Cucumber Salad.

These recipes are easy to make and guaranteed to impress your friends & family. Without further ado, let's get cooking!

Spicy Bloody Mary

Depending on what fixings you decide to put with it, a Bloody Mary can literally become a full-blown meal sometimes! I have seen everything from candied bacon, shrimps, pickles, olives, celery tomatoes, etc!

Also, Blood Marys can be non-alcoholic as well, just scratch the Vodka!  As always, have fun with it, and if you are one that really likes spice, I suggest doubling up on the horseradish!

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup of Tomato Juice 
  • ½ cup of Vodka
  • 1 tbsp fresh Lemon Juice 
  • 1 tbsp Pickle Juice 
  • 1 tsp Horseradish 
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce 
  • ½ tsp Hot Sauce 
  • Dash of Cayenne Pepper 
  • Dash of Salt 
  • Garnishes - celery stalk, olive, cooked bacon slice, shrimp, lemon wedge (*optional)

Instructions: 

  1. Have a tall glass ready (approximately a 12-16 oz glass) and fill ¾ with ice 
  2. Mix the first 9 ingredients together in a cocktail shaker and shake well
  3. Pour the cocktail evenly into 2 glasses 
  4. Garnish with all the fixings you wish and enjoy!

*This recipe makes 2 cocktails 

Classic Old Fashioned

There's nothing quite like sipping on a Classic Old Fashioned and watching the sunset on a warm summer night. It's arguably the best way to wind down at the end of a long day. Not to mention, it's incredibly easy to make and you can customize it to your liking.

Ingredients:

  • 2-4 oz of Bourbon
  • 1 Sugar Cube 
  • Few Dashes of Bitters 
  • 1 Orange Peel (thinly sliced)
  • 1 Maraschino Cherry (the original jar is the best!)
  • 1 Large Round or Square Ice Cube
  • 1 Bourbon Glass

Instructions: 

  1. Take your glass and add the orange peel slice, sugar cube, and a few dashes of the bitters
  2. Muddle (crush) those 3 ingredients together until their flavors are mixed well
  3. Then, add 2-4 oz of bourbon
  4. Finally, add the ice cube, top it with a cherry, and enjoy!

*This recipe makes 1 old fashion 

Dry Rib Rub

Since my family is not a huge fan of traditional barbecue sauce, we prefer to mix up a simple, yet tasty dry rib rub instead! With just a few herbs and spices, you can take your ribs to the next level. Plus, if anyone prefers the barbecue sauce instead, they can always add it on top!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp Ground Onion Powder
  • 1 tbsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 tbsp Ground Paprika
  • 2 tbsp Ground Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbsp Ground Chili Powder
  • 2 tbsp Himalayan Pink Sea Salt
  • 1 heaping tbsp Swerve Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 full Rack of Ribs (*weight will vary) (I personally like the Baby Back Ribs because they are thinner and have less fat than the Spare Ribs)

Instructions: 

  1. Set your oven temperature to 200 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Start your grill and turn on all burners until the heat is approximately 500-600 degrees Fahrenheit
  3. Combine all 9 seasonings together in a small bowl
  4. Most ribs will have a silvery membrane along the bottom side of the ribs. If cooked with the membrane on, it could prevent the ribs from getting tender and pull apart like you anticipate them to be 
  5. Start at 1 corner, and slide a blunt knife underneath the membrane to separate it from the ribs. You may need a paper towel to get a good grip on the membrane, and continue to pull away until it is fully detached
  6. Generously season both sides of the ribs with the dry rub
  7. Place on the grill meat side down first, and grill until both sides get a nice crust on it, (approximately 10 minutes total), then remove them from the grill
  8. Fully wrap in foil and place directly on the lower rack in your oven. You may want to place a tray underneath it to prevent any type of mess in your stove incase it leaks
  9. Cook for approximately 2-3 hours on low at 200 degrees or until the ribs become tender and pull off the bone
  10. Eat, make a mess, and enjoy!

Tomato Cucumber Salad

I absolutely love these types of salads, especially for the summertime. They are simple, quick, and easy to make. Not to mention salads are so customizable and refreshing.

You can always substitute ingredients to your likings, such as adding an avocado or some fresh herbs, like dill or cilantro! They're perfect for large family gatherings and picnics!

Ingredients:

  • 1 English Cucumber (sliced into quarter pieces)
  • 2 large Tomatoes (seeded and evenly sliced into quarters)
  • ½ of a Red Onion (finely diced) 
  • 2 tbsp of your favorite Italian or Greek dressing (I personally like Kenz Italian with garlic and Asiago cheese, or Primal Kitchen Greek vinaigrette in Avocado Oil) 
  • ¼ cup of Crumbled Feta Cheese 
  • Salt and Pepper to taste 

Instructions:

  1. Dice up your first 2 ingredients as directed. (The idea is to make the slices of the cucumber and tomato similar in size)
  2. Finely dice red onion and add it to the bowl
  3. Add the dressing of your choice and salt & pepper to taste 
  4. Top with the crumbled feta cheese, and mix with a spoon
  5. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve!

*This recipe makes approximately 4 servings