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Food Photography | Summertime Drinks

Summer is drawing to a close and the kids are heading back to school. Parents will be doing their "school's back in session" happy dance very soon. Just because summer is ending soon, that doesn't mean the summer weather is ending. It'll still be hot, very hot, and all you need to beat the heat is a covered porch, a swing or your favorite lawn chair and something cold to drink.

Here are few fun drinks and cocktails to wrap up a great summer.

Salty dogs have the great twang of grapefruit spiked with a little vodka or gin, your choice!

Salty dogs have the great twang of grapefruit spiked with a little vodka or gin, your choice!

Mint Julep. A Southern Classic.

Mint Julep. A Southern Classic.

Why have regular lemonade when you can have Raspberry Lemonade?

Why have regular lemonade when you can have Raspberry Lemonade?

Looking for a great drink to make with sparkling water? How about a Blackberry Fizz.

Looking for a great drink to make with sparkling water? How about a Blackberry Fizz.

For the decadent drink lovers. We added a little ice cream to this Blue Hawaiian.

For the decadent drink lovers. We added a little ice cream to this Blue Hawaiian.

Limeades are a fun alternative to lemonade. And both can be made with sugar substitutes for those who are calorie conscious.

Limeades are a fun alternative to lemonade. And both can be made with sugar substitutes for those who are calorie conscious.

Drink Your Garden | Arkansas Advertising Photographer

Are you thirsty yet?

 P. Allen Smith. Bonnie Plants.
Day of Drinks

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If you're like me and live in Arkansas, or just about anywhere in the deep south, you're in the midst of an awfully hot and humid summer. High temperatures here in Arkansas have hovered in the upper 90s with a few locations topping out over 100 degrees just about every day for the last month.

Sadly, no relief from the sweltering temperatures is in sight.

But there is relief as close as your kitchen with cool, savory drinks you can easily make at home.


In early June, I teamed up once again with the creative team at P. Allen Smith, partnering with Bonnie Plants, to work on their latest issue of A Taste of the Garden.

We photographed this issue over two days at a private home in Little Rock featuring all things drinks. I photographed a variety of items ranging from Southern iced tea to infused waters and a killer good Lemon Basil Martini. That recipe came courtesy of our very own Capital Hotel.

And oh my was it great. It was the PERFECT way to wrap our two day photo shoot.

 P. Allen Smith. Bonnie Plants.
Day of Drinks

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The idea is pretty simple and quite tasty; instead of resorting to sodas to wet your palate, try using some of the wonderful things you've grown in your garden with Bonnie Plants and create fresh and new drink ideas. For their series on infused waters (above photo at left) you can use items such as: mint, stevia and even cucumber to add flavor to water. All of these plants are available from Bonnie Plants.

 P. Allen Smith. Bonnie Plants.
Day of Drinks

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To involve the kiddos, try making a watermelon slushie (above). And you don't have to actually be a kid to enjoy this. It's a perfect drink for any summer's day...for kids of all ages.

For the adults, the tangy and tomato juice (below at right) is perfect accompaniment for lunch!

The muddled mint and strawberry orange juice (below) is simply delicious. It's perfect by itself or add a splash, or a generous amount of champagne, for your next Sunday brunch.

And if you're looking for great ideas for something fresh and new for your next brunch, P. Allen Smith and Bonnie Plants shares a lot of great recipes in their A Taste of Brunch which I photographed in May. You can see the photos and recipes by going here.

 P. Allen Smith. Bonnie Plants.
Day of Drinks

www.kesphoto.com

Here are a few fun Behind the Scenes iPhone snaps from the photo shoot.