basically it consists of a large bucket filled with gin, sprite, ice, lemons and limes. the end result is a wonderfully refreshing and chilled beverage perfect for enjoying summer. there is no need for glasses or cups as you consume this concoction with turkey basters. sanitary? probably not. entertaining? definitely! apparently this all started as a tailgating tradition at indiana university and has slowly been working it's way through the midwest. as it was our missouri friend who introduced this to us, i can totally buy into this theory.
now, even though this beverage began betwixt binge drinking college kids, this really is a wonderful way for a group of friends to enjoy a party due to it's very social nature. with everything being contained in a bucket, it requires guests to constantly move and interact, instead of the standard, sitting in a chair, sipping your own solitary drink. secondly, who doesn't like drinking out of a turkey baster? it's like a spirit squirt gun-o-fun, so much in fact that when one person goes in for a drink, several other friends are quick to join. this also allows you to cheers everyone by hoisting your basters up like the knights of the round table. [gin] soldiers if you will.
so whether your summer nights involve gin buckets, or something more along the lines of ice tea and lemonade, i hope everyone is able to venture outside and enjoy the weather with the company of wonderful friends.