Cool Summer Drinks
It’s summertime, the sun is blazing, and, if you’re lucky, you’re sitting on the beach or by the pool. But wherever you are, city or country, there’s one thing you want more than anything else: an ice-cold drink. Three of my favorites appeared in Sara Moulton Cooks at Home…
and are up on this website 24/7. Here are direct links to them.
Frozen Café au Lait
Fresh Lemonade more »
It’s summertime, the sun is blazing, and, if you’re lucky, you’re sitting on the beach or by the pool. But wherever you are, city or country, there’s one thing you want more than anything else: an ice-cold drink. This one fits the bill, especially if you take the trouble to squeeze or buy fresh orange juice. What puts it over the top? The watermelon ice cubes. They melt slowly in your drink as you sip it down, flavoring and coloring… more »
This trio of summertime beverages can offer a time out from the latest heat wave. Try my Fresh Lemonade plain, with fresh berries, or crushed fresh mint. Special ice cubes intensify the flavor of my Watermelon Screwdriver and Frozen Café au Lait. The Fresh Lemonade recipe follows; you’ll find the other refreshers at Watermelon Screwdriver and Frozen Café au Lait.
Makes 1 quart
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup Simple Sugar Syrup (recipe follows) or 6 tablespoons granulated sugar… more »
Traditional eggnog calls for raw eggs, and a lot fewer people are messing with raw eggs today, thanks to a minuscule but real risk of salmonella. Accordingly, revelers serving those in high-risk groups should heat eggnog’s basic ingredients–eggs, cream, and sugar–to 160°F and do it carefully, or the eggs will curdle. That is a lot of work for a happy little holiday libation.
But some anonymous genius has finessed this sorry situation. Given that eggnog and ice cream are made… more »
Deep Hot Chocolate
The most extraordinarily delicious hot chocolate I have ever drunk was served at a teahouse called Angelina’s neat the Louvre in Paris. Dubbed chocolat africain,…
it was so rich you could nearly stand a spoon in it. I am not quite sure how they make it, but I suspect from the density of the drink that the dairy element is heavy cream and, from the impossibly deep flavor, that the chocolate is top quality bittersweet.
Here is my version, with more »
Frozen Café au Lait
This is my homemade version of the frozen coffee drinks that have become hugely popular at the gourmet coffee franchises in the last few years. As lip-smackingly good as the commercial concoctions, mine is also much lower in calories because it doesn’t use cream or half-and-half and it isn’t loaded with sugar.
This recipe gets its depth of flavor from coffee ice cubes. So from now on, anytime you have leftover coffee, don’t throw it out; make cubes. They are… more »