summer social diy - appetizers and drinks

Looking for some ways to spice up your summer barbecue? Wanting to add a new twist to an old favorite? You've come to the right spot. I'm about to reveal top secret DIY recipes to make your outdoor gathering a smashing success. This blog series is not only going to give you some cool summer secrets but will also teach you how to use amazing Young Living products to enhance your summer experiences!

Before we start though, here is a quick dilution tip that will come in handy for ANY recipe: if you need to add less than one drop of essential oil to a recipe, mix one drop of essential oil in 1 Tbsp of olive oil. Mix in small amounts of the olive oil to add small amounts of essential oil.


Every good meal starts with a yummy starter, so let's begin with some appetizer recipes. Appetizers give your guests teaser bites of delicious flavors while they mingle and wait for the main course! Put all those garden grown and farmers' market veggies to great use with these recipes!

Lemon- Lime Guacamole

  • 2 ripe avocados, seeded and mashed with a fork

  • 1-2 T red onion, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed/minced

  • 1/2 to 1 drop Lemon Vitality Essential Oil

  • 1/2 to 1 drop Lime Vitality Essential Oil

  • 1 small Roma tomato, diced

  • 1 t fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped

  • Salt to taste

Directions: Add avocado to a small mixing bowl. Mix into the avocado the red onion, crushed garlic, diced tomatoes, chopped cilantro, and salt to taste. Add a little of the lemon and/or lime essential oil (use the dilution tip we gave you) and taste; add more to taste.

Onion trick: To remove some of the bite of the red onion, soak the chopped onion in warm water for five minutes and then remove from the water. 

Serve with tortilla chips.


Next up we have: Super Easy Blender Salsa

Combine the following in a blender:

  • ¼ of a 28 oz can of organic diced tomatoes

  • cilantro to taste

  • 1 clove garlic

  • 1 jalapeño pepper

  • 2-3 drops Lime Vitality Essential Oil

  • 3 tsp sea salt

  • 2 tsp ground cumin

  • 2 tsp chili powder

  • ½ white or yellow onion, minced

Blend/pulse until onion is in small pieces, add the rest of the can of tomatoes, pulse a few more times, and you’re ready to go!



And to top your garden fresh salad?

Homemade Grapefruit Vinaigrette Dressing

  • 3 T grapefruit juice from the can, or 3 T fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • 2 tsp honey

  • 1 or 2 drops Grapefruit Vitality Essential Oil, to taste

  • Pinch of salt and pepper

Lime Vitality supports your digestive, immune, and respiratory systems.

Grapefruit Vitality supports your cardiovascular system.

Lemon Vitality supports your digestive, immune, and respiratory systems.

Summertime gatherings always need cool drink options for the adults + the littles. Sangria? Mojitios? Lavender Lemonade? Yes, please!

Try this simple Red Sangria recipe made with real food ingredients plus essential oils. Delicious for any occasion!


  • 3 bottles of red wine, such as cabernet, merlot, or pinot noir, or try some Spanish red wine, like Tempranillo

  • 1 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice

  • 1 cup fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice

  • 1/2 cup brandy or rum

  • 2 apples, green or red, cut into 2-inch chunks

  • 2 oranges cut into 1-inch round slices

  • 1 lemon cut into 1-inch round slices

  • 2 T raw honey

  • 1 cup NingXia Zyng or seltzer water

  • 1/2 cup NingXia Red

  • 1 pint strawberries for garnish

  • 5 drops Orange Vitality Essential Oil

  • 5 drops Grapefruit Vitality Essential Oil

  • 3 drops Lemon or Citrus Fresh Vitality Essential Oil --> Or a little of both ;)


  1. Mix the wine, honey, and brandy in a large pitcher. Stir until honey is dissolved.

  2. Add fruit and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Ideally, let sit overnight.

  3. Just before serving, add essential oils and NingXia Zyng or seltzer water.

  4. Garnish with fresh strawberries.

  5. Avoid serving in plastic.


Mojitos all around! The perfect refreshing and light summer drink.

  • 2 shots rum

  • 1 shot agave syrup

  • 1/2 squeezed lime

  • Sprig of mint

  • Splash of soda water

  • 1 1/2 cup ice

  • 2 drops Spearmint Essential Oil

  • 4 drops Lime Vitality Essential Oil

Directions: Use a muddler to muddle your mint in the bottom of your glass.

Blend all other ingredients in the blender. Pour into glass and serve with a slice of lime on the glass.

Cheers! And… please drink responsibly.


Lime Vitality supports your digestive, immune, and respiratory systems.

Citrus Fresh Vitality supports your immune system.

Grapefruit Vitality supports your cardiovascular system.

Orange Vitality supports your digestive & immune systems and promotes healthy skin.

Spearmint Vitality supports your digestive system.

Here you'll find step-by-step instructions on how to purchase high quality essential oils from the only company I trust! 

Drinks for the Kids

Lavender Lemonade

I'm always looking for delicious alternatives to artificial flavors and drinks with tons of sugar. This recipe is easy and delicious; plus, the kids will love it.


  • 14 cups water

  • 1 cup lemon juice

  • 1 cup demerara sugar or 1/2 Yacon Syrup or any other sweetener of choice

  • 8 drops Lemon Vitality Essential Oils

  • 1 drop Lavender Vitality Essential Oils

Directions: Mix all ingredients in a gallon container. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Chill and serve over ice.


Lemon Vitality: Supports your digestive, immune and respiratory systems.

Lavender Vitality: Supports the cardiovascular and nervous system.

Next week we'll go through some delicious grill marinades and desserts!

Thank you for being here on this journey with me. I'm truly honored you're here.

With Love & Gratitude, 

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Hello! I’m Jess – mama to Reese and Kiera, wife to Rich, an environmental scientist, a nature lover and wellness broker. My passion is helping people and nature, both in my professional career and in my personal life. I have spent my career helping bridge the gap between commercial development and preserving nature. Essential oils have become my way to do the same between all the commercial products in our home and creating simple, products on my own. This blog shares my journey to a more natural lifestyle using essential oils, including the science behind essential oils, DIY recipes, tips, and ways to save money using plant-based alternatives. Check out my free email course ditch + switch – natural living with plant based products and learn the steps you need to take to kick those toxins to the curb.

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