Wait – I haven’t gone on vacation yet and I have only dipped my toes in the water once.
I can tell from the way the sun hits the sofa in the kitchen that the days are getting slightly shorter. Last night, at dinner at a restaurant overlooking the marina, with just a cotton sweater, I was positively cold and I had to wrap myself in one of the blankets most water-side restaurants now keep on hands for their customers.
In the spirit of finding some fun between relentless job assignments, last night I met a friend for Happy Hour at the Hungry Cat, one of my favorite seafood restaurants, that also happens to have a drink on the menu that is worth the trip: Luke’s lemonade. Really, it’s just a simple concoction of fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, mint and vodka but the proportions are just right.
The drink of my Summer, though, was the one I made for my birthday party, a bright red watermelon and strawberry vodka smoothie. Yes, I am using the term smoothie to make it sound healthier than it is. It makes good use of any leftover watermelon invariably sitting in the fridge and it looks terribly pretty.
I used some agave syrup, instead of simple syrup, because it’s a tad less sweet than sugar, but either will work. If your fruit is very ripe and sweet, you might not need a sweetener at all – taste as you go along.
I will be making it once more while the watermelons are still perfect, before the sun starts dipping into the ocean earlier than I would want it to.
1 C Strawberries, hulled
1 1/2 C Seedless watermelon, cubed
Agave Syrup to taste
Lemon Juice to taste
1 C Ice Cubes
1/2 C Vodka
Dump everything in a blender and process until smooth. Taste for more sweetener and lemon juice and adjust accordingly. Drink immediately.