Watermelon Cooler

WatermelonThe perfect summertime fruit.
At Piedmont Grocery, we are loving that delicious watermelons are back in season. They’re crisp, juicy, and sweet!

You can make your own Watermelon Juice or Cooler. Here are two variations of the same recipe, one with no added sugar that highlights the natural flavor of the melon, and the other is more festive, sweet, and bubbly.

Watermelon Juice—or Cooler
Ingredients
6 to 7 pounds of seedless watermelon, cut into cubes
16 ice cubes
Juice of one lime (for the juice)
1 liter Lorina French Sparkling Lemonade (for the cooler)

Directions
Working in batches, puree the the watermelon with ice cubes in a blender. If you are making the watermelon juice, add the lime juice proportionate to the amount of watermelon in the blender (for example, if you are working in two batches, add half the lime juice for each batch.)

If you are making a cooler, after the watermelon is pulverized, slowly add the sparkling lemonade to the blender—set on the lowest speed.

Pour the liquid into a large pitcher or directly in glasses. Make the next batch with the remaining ingredients, until you have used all your ingredients.

For larger quantities, you can use a punch bowl or even a stock pot to hold all the liquid.

Grilled Cherry Milkshakes Recipe

Grilled Cherry MilkshakesGet ’em while they’re ripe.
These sweet, delicious signs of early summer have arrived in the market, and we can’t get enough of them. They’re only at their peak for about a month—so, don’t hold back!

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Singapore Sling

Singapore SlingTravelin’ Man

I used to think that the people who got to travel overseas for work had it pretty good. Not only did they go to other countries and experience other cultures, they got to do it on the company dime. I had a very “Pan-Am” picture in my mind. I now realize international business travel is not as fun or glamorous as it sounds. Though I have not personally experienced it, my husband has, and does, and is currently in Asia. I get to experience it from the other side, and I think I like my side better.

I will admit that I do get a little jealous knowing that he is enjoying maid service and a quiet hotel room—while I am fighting to get the kids to take a shower while loading the dishwasher. And if he is enjoying a gourmet meal while I am dishing up some mac and cheese that’s cool ‘cause he’ll be ready to jump back in to the fray once he gets back, right?

For the next two weeks, my main squeeze will be traveling. During that time, he will be on six different flights and visit five different countries. While that may sound jet-setting, there will be very little down time (sightseeing and maybe jewelry shopping for his awesome wife). His days will be filled with meeting after meeting, and his nights with client dinners, drinking and the occasional Karaoke event. That kind of fun can wear on a guy. He will arrive home exhausted and wrung out with plenty of laundry. For a couple of days after his arrival, he will not be functioning normally—which is fantastic because that next morning, we have to be on the road early for a softball tournament.

Ah, the glamorous life…

Right now, he is in Singapore. Tomorrow it’s Hong Kong. For me? I think I’ll have one of these in his honor…

Singapore Sling

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Champagne Cocktail

9 O’clock New Year

I notice that I’m not a big New Year’s Eve party kind of gal anymore. Sure I like a good party as much as the next person, but there is something about New Year’s Eve that turns me off more and more as I get older. (Older being the key word in this statement.) That said, I did throw some epic New Year’s parties in my youth. You know the parties I mean… bodies strewn over the furniture the next morning, car in the pool, dog on the roof, and conspiratorial smiles every time the subject comes up among your friends.
(Duuuuude…!)

This year, I will be lucky if I am awake to ring in the New Year on the East Coast. Sad I know, but it’s been a busy holiday season, and I’m too pooped to party. Throw in a nasty cold that came in my stocking (Thank you, Santa.), and my excitement for New Year’s Eve can best be described as lukewarm.

I will at least make an attempt at celebrating with one of these. A token acknowledgement, but there is still enough of the twenty-something partyer in me that I can’t just let it go altogether.

Happy New Year!

Champagne Cocktail
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