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Quarantine Cocktails: “It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere” + Tutti Fruti

Even before the Alan Jackson song,  I was familiar with this saying, having grown up in a family that enjoyed drinking. That’s a bawdy admission, but it’s true.

I married into a community that enjoys drinking- a hardworking, German farming community, where beer is referred to as “German sody-water”. So, it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere.

And 5 o’clock happy hour has helped me during this pandemic with something to look forward to, especially  if I’ve got a Zoom happy hour set up with friends or family.

I’m not having drinks every day, just many! And I’ve had fun trying different recipes for new cocktails because that’s what I do when I’m bored- try out new recipes- go figure!

I’ve revived a fun little recipe called Tutti Fruti, a fruit slush that’s frozen and served with 7UP. It’s sort of like a punch, perfect for some of the really hot days we’ve had and that are on the way. It’s also perfect for non-drinkers and children, but equally delicious with a splash of vodka or rum.



Tutti Frutti


2 cans apricots, undrained

1 large can crushed pineapple, undrained

2 large cans peaches, undrained

2 cups strawberries, sliced

1 can frozen lemonade concentrate


Mash up the fruit using a pastry blender. Add the can frozen lemonade concentrate and stir to combine. Freeze the mixture.

To serve, spoon fruit mixture into cup and top with 7UP. Add a jigger of vodka or rum if you like.

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