A week at the Jersey Shore basking in the sun, dining on home cooked meals and boardwalk favorites of fried Oreos and thin crust pizza, and imbibing in cool libations are part of my ideal summer. I am lucky to be part of a family that loves good food. Days are spent lounging at the sandy beach. Discussions center around planning our next suppertime feast and accompanying icy pitcher of beverages that will be served on the back deck. The Sparkling Summer Sipper with Watermelon Ice Cubes is a perfect way to cool off after a warm and sunny Jersey Shore day.
Vacationing with sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, and grandparents means that the cooking duties are divvied up between different family members each evening. One night a husband and wife team is paired together while the next dinner is prepared by a grandparent and grandkid. Family joins forces to create a memorable meal for all. Each brings their on tastes and cooking style to the dinner preparation. A bond is formed because family members who see each other only a couple times a year work together chopping, grilling, and serving their culinary creation.
With extended family sharing dinner together, we reminisce about the past, tell stories about the day’s events, and plan for our future visits. We have dined on a cioppino fish stew loaded with freshly caught scallops, mussels, clams, and tuna, steamed lobsters, grilled tequila and lime marinated chicken, spicy steak and shrimp fajitas, Caprese salad with Jersey tomatoes and creamy mozzarella, and homemade peach and blueberry cobbler. A new drink creation is mixed up for happy hour every night. The refreshing Sparkling Summer Sipper with Watermelon Ice Cubes is one of my favorite summer beverages and was inspired by a creation originally created by my sister-in-law.
The Sparkling Summer Sipper is ideal to make for a crowd. The drink ingredients are combined in a large pitcher. Less time is spent mixing up individual drinks leaving more time to visit with family and friends. This cool and icy concoction of limeade, mint, sparkling water, and vodka is served over cubes of frozen watermelon.
Keep a stash of watermelon ice cubes in the freezer to add a fruity additional to water or lemonade. Cut watermelon into small cubes. Lay the cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet and place in the freezer. Once the cubes of watermelon are frozen, store in a freezer safe resealable bag.
I’ll be enjoying this sparkling drink long after I return home from my days at the beach.Print
- 1 12-ounce can frozen limeade concentrate
- about 1 cup fresh mint leaves plus extra for garnish
- 4 cups water
- 1 ½ cups vodka
- 1 25-ounce bottle of sparkling water
- 4 cups frozen watermelon cubes
- In a 2 quart pitcher, place 1/3 of the limeade concentrate and mint leaves. Smash the mint leaves with a wooden spoon to break up in small pieces. Add the remaining limeade concentrate, 4 cups water, the vodka and sparkling water and stir. Serve over watermelon ice cubes with additional mint as a garnish.
Recipe by Amy Casey – 2015
© amycaseycooks – 2015
- Category: Drinks