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Share a Straw - Summertime Sipping

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Think Tank Momma



Share a Spoon

Summertime Swigs

There's nothing quite as refreshing as a cool drink in the summertime.  It doesn't matter if it's an iced drink, a slush type drink, an adult beverage, a cold beer, whatever your taste buds like, when it's hot outside, and the drink is ice cold....it's...ahhhhhhhhhh refreshing!

Mixing the other thing that I love about summer, which is SWEET FRESH fruit with a cold icy sweet beverage is so much fun.  I experiment a lot with flavors that I love!  I am not a big fan of my kids drinking too much soda or sugary artificially flavored crap so we make citrus "ades" a lot, or mixed fruit drinks. 

I thought I would share one of my favorite things this week though.  I am a huge fan of cantaloupe.  But you can substitute honeydew melon if you like for this as well.



Cantaloupe Granita Spritzer

1 cantaloupe cubed and pureed
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice 
1 tsp orange zest
3 cups Seltzer
Sliced orange for garnish

In a small saucepan over medium-high heat bring the sugar and water to a boil.  Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.  Remove from heat and cool.

In a blender, puree the cantaloupe in batches.  Pour the pureed mix through a fine mesh strainer and add to a glass or non-reactive 8in dish.

Zest an orange and mix into the strained puree.  Juice the orange and stir in as well.  Add the cooled simple syrup (water/sugar).  Mix well, cover and freeze for at least 6 hours.

Scrape granita with a fork.  Spoon about a cup into six glasses.  Top each with 1/2 cup of seltzer and garnish with a fresh orange round.

(Note:  If you use honeydew melon in place of the cantaloupe, substitute lime zest and juice in place of the orange.  Also, with either granita, if you are a fan of fresh mint, add a small bunch to the melon when you puree it.)




Killer Smurf

1 oz Blue Curacao
1 1/2 oz Bacardi Razz
Sprite Zero

Fill a glass with ice.  Add Blue Curacoa and Bacardi Razz.  Fill the rest of the glass with Sprite Zero.  Stir.

This is a drink that my friends love.  I don't drink them, but everyone who comes over to play RockBand seems to really enjoy!  I'm sure that this drink probably has another name as well, but here at Casa di Romano, amongst the best of friends, they are Killer Smurfs.  Best thing?  They won't KILL your diet!

Now, it's your turn Smackers!  Share your favorite summertime thirst quenchers!




9 comments:

Viv said...

It is near impossible to make anything with Blue Curacao that doesn't taste poisonous...so, you deserve a medal for that one! :)

Kimberly at Foodies Unite said...

YUM YUM! What a fun topic! Cheers Darling!

The Blue Zoo said...

Whooo hoo! Im linked! And that smurf drink sounds really really yummy!! Im gonna have to make that.

Mo 'Betta said...

Both of those sound yummers! Love the name Killer Smurf! And I "liked" all the entries so far...I'm easy to please when alcohol is involved!

Babes Mami said...

Sounds tasty!

Daffy said...

The killer smurf we call Smurf Giz....that cause we got so much class....bwaaahaaaaa!

And that cantaloupe one? WOWSAS MOMMA! I SOOOO WISH I wasn't allergic to melons. :( I may just have to suffer the consequences and try one :o)

drollgirl said...

cantaloupe gags me, but the drink sure is pretty!

my latest thing to drink is super easy and refreshing. one tall glass of cold water with ice, and 1/2 a lime squeezed into it. it is really refreshing! and zero calories! not so creative, but i really like it!

gayle said...

Sounds yummy!

Chelle said...

YUM!

I think I will have to try out one...okay both...of these this summer. They're gorgeous!!

xo