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Patio Lanterns Cocktail


Nothing says summer like patio lanterns and soda pop.

If you are from Canada, then you know the song Patio Lanterns. If you don’t, I included the video below for your viewing and sing-along pleasure. I’ll also tell you, without shame, that for the longest time, I thought the song was about a love for an Irish girl named Patty O’Lanterns. Not even kidding.

I currently, however, take a pass on both patio lanterns (in favour of beeswax candles) and soda pop (in favour of a kombucha cocktail).

Conventional soda is sipping on poison. I am not exaggerating. With an average of 10 teaspoons of sugar per can (when our blood’s max level of sugar is only about one tsp before we go into shock) we are abusing our pancreas, insulin and insulin receptors on the cells. The phosphorus in soda leaches minerals from the bones and the acidic nature of soda leaches loads of toxic crap from the can and dumps it in our drink which we then suck up with a BPA ridden plastic straw. No more my friends. A diet Coke on a hot summer’s day can not be considered a treat anymore. It is simply not okay.

I have the solution though- here and ready for you.

Four Keys To The Best Summer Patio Beverage

  1. A little fizz. I get this by combining my fave Tonica Kombucha with a little fizzy water.
  2. A hint of sweetness. I use a splash of 100% organic juice (like blueberry or pomegranate) or some tangerine essential oil.
  3. An icy glass and fresh ice- made out of Spring water (remember, your ice needs to be clean water too) or frozen cubes of pureed cucumber, watermelon or frozen grapes.
  4. A glass straw. If you don’t have one yet- you MUST get one. They have a lifetime guarantee, keep you from sucking down hormone disrupting BPA, save the planet a little, and can be carried with you to bars and restaurants to show off how classy and eco-hot you are.

Booze is, of course, optional- but this isn’t the blog to talk about boozy beverages.

Get your glass straw on. Summer is here and so is patio sipping.


Now, please enjoy this bit of rather embarrassing Canadian Culture- complete with a seriously bad lid, and an O.P.P. ball cap.

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Patio Lanterns Cocktail

  • Author: Meghan Telpner
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x


The best non-alcoholic Summer beverage – comin’ at ya!


  • 1 iced glass
  • 1/4 cup kombucha
  • 2 drops tangerine essential oil or 1/4 cup fresh juice of choice
  • 1/4 cup bubbly water
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • top up with water
  • 1 signature glass straw


  1. Rinse glass with water and place in freezer for 30 minutes.
  2. Add all ingredients to the glass.
  3. Pop straw in and give it a stir.
  4. Settle in to your patio chair and enjoy the moment.
  • Category: Beverage

Question of the day: What are you sipping on this summer?

3 responses to “Patio Lanterns Cocktail”

  1. Raeanne says:

    Yum! “Patty O’Lanterns” just made me snort out loud at work. Thanks for a great start to the week! :)

  2. Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy says:

    those sound so refreshing! yum!! and a tonica kombucha! how creative! thanks for sharing!

  3. Kate says:

    I’ve only just started hearing this song on the radio in the past year or so. WTH, I thought it was Rascall Flats or some other contemporary country band…it’s so darn awful. And catchy.

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