By Jan Lee
Although our fair city has had several days of chill and drizzle this past week, we’re in for a weekend that promises to hit the high 80s. One of those end-of-summer weekends that will make you glad you extended your rental all the way through Labor Day. Alas, twilight comes sooner and nights are getting chilly. So, get the girls together, raise your glasses and toast to the last days of summer. Enjoy it while it lasts, mes amies!
Summer Slushie Special
This refreshing rum-iced tea concoction will surely cool you and the gals off. It might take some preparation, but your company will appreciate it.
2 cups sugar or comparable amount of sugar-substitute
9 cups water
4 tea bags
1 can (12 fluid ounces) frozen lemonade concentrate
1 can (12 fluid ounces) frozen orange juice concentrate
2 cups rum
Sprite (or diet Sprite)
Boil 7 cups of water in a large saucepan. Add sugar and stir until dissolved, then set aside to cool. Place teabags in 2 cups of boiling water and let steep until desired strength is acquired. In a large bowl, mix together sugar water, tea, lemonade concentrate and orange juice concentrate. Stir in rum. Place in freezer container and freeze overnight. To serve, place several scoops into a tall glass, and fill with Sprite or any other carbonated beverage.
Frozen Peach-Watermelon Margarita
Quench your thirst with watermelon and peaches – quintessential summer fruits.
2 1/2 cups seedless, rind-less watermelon, cut into 1-inch cubes
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
4 ounces tequila
2 ounces peach schnapps
1 1/2 cups ice
Lime wheel or watermelon wedge, for garnish
Put cut watermelon in a plastic bag and place in freezer for a minimum of 2 hours (if time does not permit this step, add a few extra ice cubes when blending, the difference is not that significant). Put all ingredients into blender and puree until smooth. Garnish rim of glass with a lime wheel or a watermelon wedge and serve.
From facial creams to food, pomegranate has been infused in everything you can think of as of late. Hop aboard the train and try this cosmo with a pomegranate twist.
2 fluid ounces vodka
2 fluid ounces orange liqueur
2 fluid ounces pomegranate juice
1 cup crushed ice
1 twist lemon zest
Pour vodka, orange liqueur, and pomegranate juice in a shaker, and add crushed ice. Shake vigorously, and strain into glass. Garnish with twist of lemon zest. Makes one serving.
Too lazy to actually play out on the beach? Mix one of these babies up instead and have a blast.
2 ounces Midori melon liqueur
1/3 parts sweet sour mix
1/3 parts orange juice
1/3 parts pineapple juice
On the rocks: Mix all ingredients and add ice. Frozen: mix all ingredients along with desired amount of ice and blend until smooth.