Cheers to the Dog Days of Summer July 26 2023

cheers to the dog days of summer

Why is it called Dog Days?

During the Dog Days of Summer, (7/22 to 8/22) the Sun and Sirius, the brightest star seen from anywhere on earth and the constellation Canis Major (greater dog) share the same region of the sky. It's also associated with those sultry hot days that mark the end of summer.

So, to make the most of our fleeting summer, we recommend mixing up a summery drink or two: Summer Sangria and Salem Iced Tea. Then, add a touch of Southern hospitality with Heath's Cheese Straws and Britt's Spritz Cookies!

Cheers to the Dog Days of Summer!

Summer Sangria

  • 1 cup mixed fresh fruit (such as strawberries, peaches, white grapes)
  • 1 bottle dry sparkling wine
  • 2 ounces brandy
  • 2 ounces vanilla liquor
  • 2 ounces grape juice
  • 1 small sprig fresh mint

Fill a glass pitcher with ice, add the fruit. Slowly pour in the sparkling wine. Mix remaining ingredients (except the mint) and add to the pitcher. Garnish with mint.

Salem College Iced Tea

Signature beverage at Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC

  • 4 sprigs fresh mint
  • 8-12 whole cloves
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1 ounce tea
  • juice of 8 lemons
  • juice of 6 oranges
  • 1 (46-ounce) can pineapple juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • thin lemon slices or sprigs of mint
Add mint and cloves to water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10-15 minutes. Add tea and allow to steep for 10-15 minutes. Strain, while hot: add fruit juices and sugar. Stir to dissolve sugar. Serve chilled. Garnish with lemon slices and or sprigs of mint.