2021 Summer Drinks, Books, and Activities

With the end of summer quickly approaching, we’ve put together a list of drinks, activities, and books to help you make the most of these last few weeks of warm weather. 

Top 5 Summer Drinks

Image shows three summer blended drinks with fruit garnishes in a beachy setting.
Some refreshing summer drinks to try!
  1. Classic Piña Colada 

I don’t think there is a more iconic summer drink than the piña colada. This beverage perfectly combines pineapple, lime, coconut and rum to quench your thirst and delight your taste buds. Bonus? It’s super easy to make – all you need is a few ingredients and a blender! 

Click here for the recipe

  1. Strawberry Lemonade

This one is kid-friendly and definitely a family favourite! Anytime a hot day rolls around, I make a pitcher of strawberry lemonade for the kids (and myself)! 

This beverage can either be freshly made (click here for the recipe) or store-bought. Both taste great, so it’s your choice!

  1. Mint Mojito

Every time I hear the name Mojito, I’m immediately brought back to a beautiful day on the beach in Mexico. This drink is delicious, and I seriously recommend trying it.

Click here for the recipe.

  1. Sea Breeze

Are you a fan of summer vodka cocktails? If so, then you should add Sea Breeze to your must-try list! This light, tangy and refreshing drink combines cranberry and grapefruit for an all-around irresistible taste.

Click here for the recipe.

  1. Mango Margarita

Here’s a sunny spin on the classic Margarita to help brighten your summer day. This recipe only calls for a blender and a small list of ingredients, making it super easy to make. So, if you love refreshing drinks with a sweet, zingy and delectable taste, this drink is perfect for you!

Click here for the recipe.

Top 5 Summer Games 

A family playing a game of Cornhole on the lawn in a tropical setting. One team is a little girl and her father, and the other is another little girl and her mother. The mother is throwing a bean bag into the cornhole board.
A family playing a game of Cornhole on the lawn.
  1. Cornhole

Cornhole is such a classic when it comes to summer games. Whether you’re at the cottage, the park or in your backyard, it’s the perfect game to get the whole family involved. 

How to play:

In cornhole, 2-4 players divide themselves into two teams, and each stands by one of the two cornhole boards. Each team gets 4 bean bags, and they then take turns attempting to throw the bean bags into the hole on the board opposite them. Once all the bags have been thrown, points are counted, and the next round begins. 

Three points are given when a bag goes through the hole, and one point is given if the bag lands on the boards. The first team to reach 21 points or more wins. 

See the full instructions here

  1. Frisbee

Frisbee is one of those games that you can play no matter how old you get. So, when the wind is right, grab your kids and join them for a game of frisbee out in the yard. You could even let your dog join!

  1.  Mini Golf

Mini Golf is such a fun summer activity. You can go to your local mini-golf course with your kids, extended family, or friends to enjoy a day of fun. Just be sure to abide by COVID-19 guidelines.

  1. Bowling

Whether you want to enjoy a round of backyard bowling with your family or go out to your local bowling alley, this is a great summer (and year-round) activity. 

Click here for instructions on how to make your own DIY backyard bowling game. 

  1. Spikeball

How to play:

In Spikeball, 2 teams of 2 stand around a taut hula hoop-sized Spikeball net. A round starts when a player serves the ball down on the net, causing it to bounce up towards his/her opponents. The other team can then control the ball and bounce it back off the net with three hits or less.

At first glance, this game may seem a bit intimidating. But once you get the hang of it, it’s a great game to play with family or friends.

Click here for the game instructions.

Top 5 Summer Books

A woman is in a poolside lounge chair in her sunhat reading a book.
A woman sitting on a poolside lounge chair reading a book.
  1. Of Women and Salt – Gabriela Garcia

In Of Women and Salt, Jeanette, an addict living in Miami with her Cuban immigrant mother, Carmen, seeks to learn more about her family’s history. Throughout the story, Jeanette learns that Carmen is struggling with a turbulent relationship with her mother. This then prompts Jeannette to go to Cuba, where she not only discovers her family’s history but learns how trauma passes from one generation to the next.

  1. The Last Thing He Told Me – Laura Dave

The Last Thing He Told is a captivating mystery that follows Hannah Hall after her husband disappears. Through a series of mysterious events and FBI visits, Hannah discovers that her husband isn’t who he claimed to be and that his daughter may be the key to figuring out his true identity. 

  1. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid

This story follows Monique Grant, a writer in New York City who has hit an all-time low in her career and marriage. However, everything changes for Monique when a famous 1960s actress, Evelyn Hugo, unexpectedly requests an interview with her. In their time together, Monique uncovers the truth of Evelyn’s glamorous life and career. And while the truth creates a bond between Monique and Evelyn, it also unveils tragic and irreversible intersections of their lives.

  1. The Shimmering State – Meredith Westgate

After taking and abusing an experimental memory medication called Mem, two Angelenos, Lucien and Sophie, meet in a treatment clinic. They have no idea how they found themselves there, but they are inexplicably and inescapably connected. Why? 

This grim tale explores the dark side of California dreaming—and how, more often than not, memory isn’t a lane but a labyrinth.

  1. A Slow Fire Burning – Paula Hawkins

Following the discovery of the body of a young man in London, three complicated suspects step into focus: Laura, a misunderstood figure who was last to see the victim; Carla, an aunt in mourning; and Miriam, a neighbourhood busybody with many secrets. This story is a terrific whodunit that will keep you guessing until the bitter end.

There were so many great options we found and it was a tough one to narrow down only 5 each, but these are our favourites from this summer. Let us know which ones you try, how you like them, and if you have any personal favourites that you found this summer!

We hope you enjoy the rest of your summer!

Love, the She’s Got Leggz Team 💋