Summer Cookbooks — Cocktails In The Shade

As we continue our look at summer cookbooks, we now go out on the veranda for something cold and wet. And you don’t have to have alcohol, unless you want to [wink, wink].

That’s where this cookbook steps in. Porch Parties: Cocktail Recipes and Easy Ideas for Outdoor Entertaining, by Denise Gee, hardcover, 144 pages, Chronicle Books, list price: $16.95.

These are summer drinks to sip at leisure, at 5 o’clock in the shade, to the tune of distant thunder. Some are juicy variations on the classics, like a Pomegranate Pimm’s Cup. Others — a whole chapter full — have no alcohol whatsoever, like Minted Raspberry Ice Tea.

There’s an abundance of rustic, easygoing drinks, with names like June Bug and Blackberry Smash. Many feature summer fruit, and several would be entirely at home served in a Mason jar, which is apt since they are something you can do with the fruit you know you’re too lazy to pickle or preserve.

So, when all else fails, drink your fruit and share the deliciousness from The Bachelor’s Kitchen.