Cheers | to Summer.

We are home – and Marc is on the golf course. I haven’t enjoyed this kind of quiet … in a few days.

It’s been wonderful to scroll through the dozens of photos and seconds of video from our quick getaway and remember how much fun it was. I promise more on Monday, but for now, how about a few favorites from our “family photos by the lake” on Wednesday evening. First – because this just cracks me up – an outtake of the boys as we were warming upCharlie has obviously been practicing his “ROAR” face … and Sam has just practiced being a two-year-old angel 😉

A bit of Marmie patience and the trick of better lighting led to this one

little kid smiles are the best!

A bit more cajoling and everyone (Daddy, Mommy, Poppa!!) gathering in (along with Katie’s friend to snap the photo) captured thissweet memories.

and a wonderful segue into the real content of today’s post – my first Cheers to Summer!

When the boys visited two weekends ago, we bought a “little” seedless watermelon. They loved it, we loved it … but whoa, we never seemed to even begin to see the end of it. So Marc puréed a lot and froze it. When he told me about it, I had all kinds of ideas in my head for frozen watermelon drinks … then discovered he’d frozen it in one big block. Like you might scrape to make a light watermelon ice after a meal … but not at all like you’d toss into the blender to mix up a frozen summer drink.

Thankfully, he’d left a container of watermelon cubes in the refrigerator and this morning, I laid them in a single layer in a freezer proof pan, and froze them (note – they freeze quickly – 4-5 hours tops!)

I remembered a girls’ weekend years ago when we pulled ice cube trays of watermelon out of the freezer and made margaritas. This year, I wanted something without tequila (but if that’s your thing, this one looks amazing) and a more complicated flavor. To me that means gin and something botanical to mix in. Kat suggested a frozen negroni, substituting watermelon for the sweet vermouth … and the recipe I ended up with as my inspiration definitely evoked that vibe. 

Cheers to Summer – serves 2
(inspired by Honest Cooking)

2 cups frozen watermelon cubes
1 lime, juiced
3 oz gin
1 oz Campari
a few ice cubes

Blend until smooth and enjoy!

Notes – don’t let the Campari deter you! yes, it’s a little bitter (and that’s what I like) but Aperol would be good step down. or an orange liqueur like Gran Marnier (I might not use as much) … even orange juice. I’m not quite sure about about vodka – maybe substitute for the Campari and gin? and maybe with orange or lemon instead of lime (I used lime to complement the Campari’s bitter). I think it would also work with prosecco – without the gin, subbing Aperol for Campari …and maybe(?) orange for lime (I guess that’s a frozen Aperol Spritz) – also, I’d maybe blend some of the prosecco, but for sure float a little on top. If you try any of these alternatives, I’d love to hear about it!

Cheers to Summer, my friends!

11 thoughts on “Cheers | to Summer.

  1. Looks delicious …and like a wonderful time with family! Now my mind is spinning with drink options…hmmmmmm! 😉

  2. Do enjoy your summer weekend and drinks! Look yummy! Love the photos of the boys—they are growing up so fast!

  3. Looks like you all had a fun little getaway, those grandkids of yours are just adorable – and growing too fast! Cheers to the weekend!

  4. Mmm, that looks delicious! Honestly, I wouldn’t even need the alcohol — just cold pureed watermelon sounds so refreshing!

    I didn’t realize that your grandsons called you Marmie. I love it!

  5. Ok…I’m on the alternative train and throwing some watermelon that I just cut up in the freezer – it’s 91 degrees here so this is perfect. Will let you know what I come up with! Welcome back…looks like a fun quick get-a-way!

  6. What a fun way to spend the 4th! And, that cocktail… YUM!! (and my favorite photo is those two boys hugging… so sweet!)

  7. Super photos! You all look very happy – and the one of the boys ‘being good for the camera’ is very sweet. I’m not sure I could cajole my two into anything as harmonious-looking as this! Very prettily-coloured drink ..

  8. Looks like an excellent get-away! Those boys!! Are getting huge!! And watermelon drinks?? Count me in for sure – lol.

  9. Congratulations on the family photo; that is quite an accomplishment to get everyone smiling at the same time and you all look so happy! I don’t have room in my refrigerator for a watermelon (it’s full of beans, peas, cucumbers, and zucchini) but when I do, I may try this with vodka. It’s supposed to 95 and humid so a frozen watermelon drink sounds like just the thing!

  10. Cheers! And oh, that looks delicious & refreshing! I love Campari… but I’m still mixing a lot of PAMA (pomegranate liqueur) in with my gin, lime juice & sparkling water. PAMA might also work here!

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