Monday, September 12, 2016

Summer Sippin'

I start to get in the summer groove just when summer is winding down. Growing up in California (as if I needed an excuse to talk about how wonderful California is), I took for granted the amazing climate on the best West Coast climate. Summertime=being outdoors. Now that I live on the East Coast, summertime=staying inside with the A/C on. Heat and humidity are a vicious combo, my friends. As soon as the humidity starts to die down in September and October, I come alive. I now fully embrace all of the activities that I  avoided because of the oppressive heat and humidity.

Enter this drink. This is perfect for sipping on your roof deck as you bask in the low humidity. It tastes like a pina colada, only better (side note: this winter was the first time I ever tried a pina colada. OMG. Why didn't someone tip me off about these earlier???)  A tequila shot is optional, but highly recommended. I also mixed some of this (sans alcohol) with some soda water and it was quite tasty.

Ingredients (serves 1):

1/2 cup coconut milk
1 tsp fresh grated ginger (optional)
1 1/2 cups watermelon
1/2 cup pineapple
1/2 cup basil
Ice (optional depending on desired consistency)

Add the ingredients to a blender (I use a vita-mix). Blend on highest speed/power until blended at desired consistency.

Enjoy (preferably on roof deck)!

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