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Watermelon Limeade

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Watermelon Limeade | Licious Food  #Drinks #Beverage  #ThirstyThursdays

It’s THURSDAY, YAYYYYYY!

It’s almost the weekend and it’s time for a new feature on this lovely blog entitled Thirsty Thursdays.

So the plan, my friend, is to feature a drink each Thursday. It can be alcoholic and then again it could be non-alcoholic. Could be cold or hot. It’s Thirsty Thursdays… so who cares?! If it’s a drink then I shall blog about it … on Thursday. Have I said “thirsty” and “Thursday” enough? I think I did.

So what is the first drink for this new and exciting series? Watermelon Limeade. It’s so good that it had to be blogged. It’s been a drink idea that has been churning in my head since I attended the awesomely great, Eat Write Retreat food blogger conference. I was lucky enough to be a volunteer and learned so much. It also made me passionate about blogging again along with validating the thoughts running around in my mind. I am still composing that particular post. So as soon as it’s ready it will be posted on the blog.

Well, at the conference I was introduced to this great tasting sparkling mineral water – Gerolsteiner. Truly marvelous. I don’t like sparkling mineral water. I think it is disgusto. It tastes just blah. Gerolsteiner changed that thought. I actually think I could give up soda … back that up. Yes, I said it, I could actually give up soda if I had Gerolsteiner to drink. I am quite amazed with myself with that revelation.

Another sponsor of Eat Write Retreat was National Watermelon Promotion Board.  I love watermelon.  I could it eat every day.  For realsies.   The entire weekend during the conference I feasted on some of the best watermelon.   It was fantastic!

Now, both of these are amazingly awesome all on it’s own but what if they were combined with the combination of lime. Knock – OUT!

I love a good limeade but I usually head to Sonic to partake.  I never bothered to try and make it and now I think I might be hooked.   It might be my drink of summer 2013.  Fast tip – make sure you have no type of nicks/cuts on your hand when squeezing many acidity limes (or lemons) if using a manual juicer. OUCH!

Until Next Time,

Watermelon Limeade
Adapted from Delilah Winder’s Limeade from Delilah’s Every Day Soul

Makes 3 cups

Ingredients
6 Limes, juiced
2 1/2 cups Sparkling spring water
1 cup watermelon, pureed
1/4 cup hot water
1/2 cup granulated sugar

Directions
Combine hot water and sugar and stir until combined; should resemble a syrup – no sugar crystals should remain.
Juice limes and pour into a pitcher. Add watermelon puree and sugar water aka simple syrup and stir.
Finally add the sparkling spring water, give a slight stir, and then proceed to serve in glass over ice.

Drink Responsibly… Apple Tea

Spiked Apple Tea 2

Have a recipe for alcoholic refreshment, want to hear about it here goes …

Some days are alcohol days.  Beginning to end they just suck the big one! If the mantra in your head, that is on repeat, is “I need a drink, I need a drink – no I need a DRANK.”   Then this drink is for you!

Yes, it’s a sissy drink that is adorned with garnish but hey, I am a sissy.  A sissy that loves her Vodka and there is nothing wrong with that.   When you hear about Vodka being combined with your other favorite drink, Sweet Tea, then that is just down right magical.

This “spiked” Apple Tea will answer your mantra plus it will make your sucky day melt away.  Your troubles will simmer down to a dull roar and you will have a craving for some bar type grub to accompany this deliciousness in a glass.  It will also end world hunger and politicians will all get along and sing Kumbaya … ok, it’s not that good; it can’t work miracles.

The drink is a combination of Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, apple juice, apple schnapps, and sour mix. It reminds me of those fruit flavored iced teas with a small bite of alcohol.  I’m telling you – you will be a changed person after drinking (perhaps just mello-er)!

Yesterday, I had a stinker of a day … I broke my glass roasting pan, managed to puncture my finger, was late to work, almost ran out of gas,  two days remaining of work for the week and I have already worked seven days…  just not my normal day.  Then I partook in some “spiked” Apple Tea and my frown turned upside down.  It’s that good!

Go ahead and give it a try and tell a friend!

Until Next Time,
Jennifer

Spiked Apple Tea
adapted from the recipe “Top Secret Version of Applebee’s Perfect Apple Margarita” by Todd Wilbur

Ingredients

2 ounces Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka
1 ounce DeKuyper Sour Apple Pucker schnapps
2 ounces Sweet and sour mix
2 ounces Apple juice, cold
1 ounce Sweet tea
2 Apple slices
2 Maraschino cherries

Directions

In a cocktail shaker add a handful of ice, vodka, Sour Apple schnapps, sweet and sour mix, apple juice, and sweet tea.

Cover and give a nice shimmy shimmy shake.

Strain into an old fashioned glass filled with ice and garnish with apple slices and cherries.