boozy summerlicious drinks
Slushy Watermelon Mojitos
Like the best Icee you've ever had! And much easier than regular mojitos which require you to squeeze limes and muddle mint.
5 cups cubed seeded watermelon
1 cup sparkling water, chilled
3/4 cup white rum
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
1 6-oz can frozen limeade concentrate (undiluted)
mint sprigs, raspberries, & lime slices for decorating (optional)
Arrange watermelon on a single layer on a baking sheet; freeze about 2 hours. (Cut very small pieces if you're in a hurry--they'll freeze faster.)
Combine frozen watermelon, sparkling water, rum, mint, and limeade in a blender; process until the consistency is very smooth. (Note: I have to do this in two batches even with a decent-sized blender.) Garnish as desired and serve right away!
Nonalcoholic version (also very good and kid-friendly): Substitute more sparkling water for the rum.
Serves 4-6 (depending on the size of the glass--I say, make it a big one. It's been a hot summer!)
Recipe adapted from Cooking Light magazine.
Sarah's Garden Sangria
Feel free to substitute with whatever you keep in your cupboard, fridge, or backyard. Quantities of the flavorings are approximate, depending on how fruity, sweet, or alchoholic you like your sangria.
1 nectarine or peach, cut into wedges
1 nectarine or peach, finely diced
1 cup raspberries or sliced strawberries
1 cup whole raspberries or finely diced strawberries
4 or more long sprigs of mint and/or lemon balm and/or lemon verbena
2 sliced lemons
2 cinnamon sticks
4 or more Tbsp spiced or white rum
6 or more Tbsp orange liqueur (like Grand Marnier or Triple Sec)
6 or more Tbsp sugar (I like to use vanilla sugar)
1 bottle dry red wine (like a Spanish rioja)
club soda or sparkling water, chilled
Mix all ingredients except for diced fruit and club soda.
Muddle them to release the juices.
Let sit for at least several hours.
Strain mixture into pitcher, pressing on fruit to extract juices.
Fill tall glass with ice, add wine mixture halfway, and finish with club soda. Top with finely diced fruit.