So after a tempting week of warmer temperatures in the usually warm Southern California, we have been once again plunged into days of drizzle and gray.  Yes, I’d like cheese and crackers with this whine!

Anyway, I forged ahead this past Mother’s Day weekend with work in the garden and an eye on the future spring/summer temperatures that will undoubtedly arrive and stay at some point.

With summer temperatures visualization in mind (visualization is supposed to work to make it so, right?) I thought I would post a couple of really delicious beverages that can make you indifferent to outside temperatures. 🙂

Images above via Brabourne Farm


Beverage (Bon Appetit 1980)



  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 1 ½ cups rum or vodka
  • 1 cup Galliano
  • ¼ cup Grand Marnier


Preparation Instructions


Mix all ingredients and pour over ice, garnish with pineapple spear, orange slice and cherry (optional)


Tropical Garden Punch




5 cups Dole pineapple juice

2 12-ounce cans guava nectar

1 6-ounce can frozen limeade concentrate

1 cup vodka (optional)

2 limes thinly sliced

Preparation Instructions

Mix all and pour over ice.  Garnish with lime slices.